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Community Service Project Designs MLK "Dream Mats" to Protect the Homeless

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Maryam Ahmed '19
29 January 2019


Passaic Valley has partnered with the Alfred H. Baumann Public Library, Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark, Passaic County Senior Services, the Borough of Woodland Park, Passaic County Human Services, Woodland Park Schools, ShopRite of Little Falls, Kohl's Department Store, and Stop & Shop of Ringwood to assist in a community service project providing the homeless of Passaic County with "Dream Mats" celebrating Martin Luther King Day. These mats will be designed to help protect against severe weather conditions and serve as a cushion on rough surfaces. MLK Dream Mats advertisement; property of Alfred H. Baumann Library

The Dream Mats are portable sleeping mats, made from recyclable plastic bags. Each Dream Mat is created using an estimate of 500 to 700 plastic bags. These bags are cut into strips and are looped together to provide protection for those in need.

"Between February 1st through February 13th, the Passaic Valley High School library will be accepting donations of plastic shopping bags, for this community wide service," Ms. Leanne Weiss announced. If you would like to drop off new or gently used plastic bags, there will be a bin located at the school library for you to do so. Students who participate in creating these mats receive National Honors Society hours and community service hours.

If you or anyone you know is interested in being a partner or volunteer, contact Linda Hoffman at the Alfred H. Baumann Free Public Library at (973) 345-8120. For more information visit the Alfred H. Baumann Free Public Library website.