Students visit 'bag' ladies

By: 
Wade Young, wade@montgomerymnnews.com

Linda Ruhland (right) explains to Joe Bartusek and Khloe Rynda how the plastic mats are crocheted. Also pictured is Sharon Horejsi. (Wade Young photo)

Kindergartners learned about compassion, giving back, and how a group of dedicated volunteers are improving the lives of homeless people on Monday, April 25.

The students from Most Holy Redeemer School visited the self-titled “Bag Ladies” when they visited the American Legion, and learned how the almost all-female group creates sleeping mats from grocery store plastic bags.

Darlene Wondra, who works at MHRS explained how volunteers work in specific stations to flatten, roll, cut off the ends, ball, and crochet. She said approximately 750 bags goes into each body-length mat, which is finished with a small heart pendant to show it was made with love.

During the visit, Kindergarten Teacher Deb Trcka explained what...

To see more on this story pick up the May 12, 2022 print edition of the Montgomery Messenger. 

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