Inmates at Ohio's prison for women are making sleeping mats for homeless people using an all-too-familiar artifact of the modern world: plastic grocery bags.
About a dozen residents on a prison unit that helps women get ready to re-enter society are working on six-foot by four-foot sleeping mays, which are crocheted. The bags come from grocery store donations and supplies brought in by some employees at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville in central Ohio. the Vineyard, a Columbus mega church, distributes the mats to homeless people living in camps through its urban ministry program. Inmate Cristy Webb says the work makes her feel better knowing that she can help someone.