Members of the First Baptist Church of Galeton traveled to the Buffalo City Mission to serve a Thanksgiving meal to more than 100 people who are homeless last week.
“We have a tremendous amount to be thankful for and what better time of year to show your thankfulness than Thanksgiving,” Steve Benna, outreach coordinator at the church, said. “We just wanted to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ and to serve and not be served.”
After serving the meal, members of the church went to the Matt Urban Hope Center, also in Buffalo, to donate “comfort mats” the members had made. These mats are made out of plastic shopping bags that were cut up and tied to make “plarn” — plastic yarn — and then crocheted into mats.
The mats won’t absorb water since its plastic and won’t allow fleas or bugs to live in the mats. It also serves as a barrier between a person and the ground or even the outside elements.
Carol Troupe has spearheaded this project and has made around 20 mats single handed, Benna said. She made one special pink mat in remembrance of a friend who died from cancer. It was an emotional moment when it was time to donate it, Benna said.
The church aims to deliver these mats to the homeless shelter twice a year. For more information on this outreach project, call Benna at 814-435-6560 or 570-660-9316.