St. Francis Xavier Parish CWL gets crafty to comfort others

Community Oct 26, 2016 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

The St. Francis Xavier Parish Catholic Women’s League is getting crafty to help people in need.

The CWL is using plastic milk bags to create sleeping mats for adults and children in third world countries.

Member Luisa Conti learned of the idea through a friend’s Facebook page.

Her friend, who lives in the Dufferin Peel area, had posted a photo of her daughter’s parish CWL utilizing bags to make mats.

To Conti, the process looked easy and unique, and she was drawn to the idea of students and CWL members working together to help the less fortunate. She inquired further about the initiative and was directed to MILKBAGSunlimited founder Angela Kesthely and Canadian Food For Children co-founder Dr. Andrew Simone.

St. Francis Xavier Parish CWL members, including Conti, had lent their hands to a similar project in the past.

“Once I saw this new method (of doing the mats), I wanted to bring it back to our parish,” Conti said. “We have made about 80 different-sized mats since then.”

CWL members first cut the ends off the milk bags and cut the bags in half, before taking each strip and looping them together.

They then make a four and seven-looped strip, which is used to weave a mat on a wooden frame. The trimmings also are used to make pillows.

Once members complete about 10 to 15 mats, they deliver them to Kesthely, who lives in Kleinburg. Kesthely then delivers them to Canadian Food For Children in Mississauga.

Conti said Dr. Simone, in turn, takes them to various countries, including Cameroon, Ghana, Greece, Iraq, Liberia, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.

“We enjoy doing this project because it helps those less fortunate,” she said. “Just the thought of a child sleeping on one of our mats makes us feel very happy.”

Conti said the CWL could always use a few more helping hands.

Members will be gathering to craft more mats on Oct. 27, Nov. 17 and 24, and Dec. 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the St. Francis Xavier Parish Centre, she said.

“Anyone can help out; there are no skills required,” Conti said, adding students can receive community service hours for school. “It’s a great way to help those less fortunate and to meet new people in the process.”

For more information on how you can help, contact Conti at 905-379-9830 or lconti@cogeco.ca.

St. Francis Xavier Parish CWL gets crafty to comfort others

Members creating sleeping mats for adults, children in third world countries

Community Oct 26, 2016 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

The St. Francis Xavier Parish Catholic Women’s League is getting crafty to help people in need.

The CWL is using plastic milk bags to create sleeping mats for adults and children in third world countries.

Member Luisa Conti learned of the idea through a friend’s Facebook page.

Her friend, who lives in the Dufferin Peel area, had posted a photo of her daughter’s parish CWL utilizing bags to make mats.

“Just the thought of a child sleeping on one of our mats makes us feel very happy."

To Conti, the process looked easy and unique, and she was drawn to the idea of students and CWL members working together to help the less fortunate. She inquired further about the initiative and was directed to MILKBAGSunlimited founder Angela Kesthely and Canadian Food For Children co-founder Dr. Andrew Simone.

St. Francis Xavier Parish CWL members, including Conti, had lent their hands to a similar project in the past.

“Once I saw this new method (of doing the mats), I wanted to bring it back to our parish,” Conti said. “We have made about 80 different-sized mats since then.”

CWL members first cut the ends off the milk bags and cut the bags in half, before taking each strip and looping them together.

They then make a four and seven-looped strip, which is used to weave a mat on a wooden frame. The trimmings also are used to make pillows.

Once members complete about 10 to 15 mats, they deliver them to Kesthely, who lives in Kleinburg. Kesthely then delivers them to Canadian Food For Children in Mississauga.

Conti said Dr. Simone, in turn, takes them to various countries, including Cameroon, Ghana, Greece, Iraq, Liberia, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.

“We enjoy doing this project because it helps those less fortunate,” she said. “Just the thought of a child sleeping on one of our mats makes us feel very happy.”

Conti said the CWL could always use a few more helping hands.

Members will be gathering to craft more mats on Oct. 27, Nov. 17 and 24, and Dec. 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the St. Francis Xavier Parish Centre, she said.

“Anyone can help out; there are no skills required,” Conti said, adding students can receive community service hours for school. “It’s a great way to help those less fortunate and to meet new people in the process.”

For more information on how you can help, contact Conti at 905-379-9830 or lconti@cogeco.ca.

St. Francis Xavier Parish CWL gets crafty to comfort others

Members creating sleeping mats for adults, children in third world countries

Community Oct 26, 2016 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

The St. Francis Xavier Parish Catholic Women’s League is getting crafty to help people in need.

The CWL is using plastic milk bags to create sleeping mats for adults and children in third world countries.

Member Luisa Conti learned of the idea through a friend’s Facebook page.

Her friend, who lives in the Dufferin Peel area, had posted a photo of her daughter’s parish CWL utilizing bags to make mats.

“Just the thought of a child sleeping on one of our mats makes us feel very happy."

To Conti, the process looked easy and unique, and she was drawn to the idea of students and CWL members working together to help the less fortunate. She inquired further about the initiative and was directed to MILKBAGSunlimited founder Angela Kesthely and Canadian Food For Children co-founder Dr. Andrew Simone.

St. Francis Xavier Parish CWL members, including Conti, had lent their hands to a similar project in the past.

“Once I saw this new method (of doing the mats), I wanted to bring it back to our parish,” Conti said. “We have made about 80 different-sized mats since then.”

CWL members first cut the ends off the milk bags and cut the bags in half, before taking each strip and looping them together.

They then make a four and seven-looped strip, which is used to weave a mat on a wooden frame. The trimmings also are used to make pillows.

Once members complete about 10 to 15 mats, they deliver them to Kesthely, who lives in Kleinburg. Kesthely then delivers them to Canadian Food For Children in Mississauga.

Conti said Dr. Simone, in turn, takes them to various countries, including Cameroon, Ghana, Greece, Iraq, Liberia, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.

“We enjoy doing this project because it helps those less fortunate,” she said. “Just the thought of a child sleeping on one of our mats makes us feel very happy.”

Conti said the CWL could always use a few more helping hands.

Members will be gathering to craft more mats on Oct. 27, Nov. 17 and 24, and Dec. 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the St. Francis Xavier Parish Centre, she said.

“Anyone can help out; there are no skills required,” Conti said, adding students can receive community service hours for school. “It’s a great way to help those less fortunate and to meet new people in the process.”

For more information on how you can help, contact Conti at 905-379-9830 or lconti@cogeco.ca.