To help our homeless clients have comfortable sleeping equipment that keeps out moisture, several Arlington Charities volunteers have taken it upon themselves to create sleeping mats out of leftover plastic bags. These beautiful mats are crocheted by hand out of cut pieces of plastic bag called "plarn" (plastic bag yarn). Not only do these plarn bags look gorgeous, but they are also lightweight and roll up easily to be carried via a handy shoulder strap. The plastic material naturally wicks away moisture and makes a cozy waterproof sleeping mat in a pinch.

"Each bag takes about 13 - 14 hours to make but they are easy to do while watching tv shows or reading a book," asserts volunteer Gail, who has begun to go by the nickname of "bag lady" thanks to her enthusiasm for the project. The bags have become extremely popular when they are handed out during Arlington Charities' homeless lunch program. Four bags have been made so far and many more are planned for the future.

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J is a new client at Arlington Charities who had his first visit to the drive through pantry earlier this week. He is a family man who enjoys “sharing moments with his family.” J would already describe the services at Arlington Charities as “excellent.” His favorite part was the wide variety of food that he received. “I enjoyed the food, like cereal, milk, rice, cooking oils, fruits, and vegetables,” he asserted.

J would rate his Arlington Charities experience 5 out of 5 stars. If you are an Arlington Charities client and would like to share your story with us, please visit:

Miriam is a new client at Arlington Charities and has only been through our Drive Through Food Pantry once. However, her first drive through experience was positive. Like many clients who come through our drive through pantry, Miriam was won over by the friendly volunteers and staff who run the program. “I enjoy how the people are nice to you when they ask for your information,” conveyed Miriam about the staff in charge of our check in procedures. Miriam is a part of a family of three. Due to the effects of Covid-19, she is able to work only two days of the week.

If you are an Arlington Charities client and would like to share your story with us, please visit:


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The services provided by Arlington Charities, Inc. are made possible in part through a Community Development Block Grant from the City of Arlington through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.