FACTORYVILLE, WYOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Keystone College students and staff spent Monday giving back to the community by making sleeping bags for the homeless.
With a needle and thread in hand, volunteers spent Monday turning old shirts and blankets into new sleeping bags.
“It makes me feel good that I’m helping out the community because a lot of people won’t help,” freshman Kaylee Greydanus said.
Students and staff worked with members of the Hop Bottom-based non-profit “My Brother’s Keeper” to create dozens of new sleeping bags which will be given out to people in need of warmth.
“This is something that people should do because not all of us have the opportunity or the chances to have a house,” Jesus Herrera of Factoryville said.
Flo Wheatley started making sleeping bags for the homeless out of recycled fabrics in the kitchen of her home 35years ago.
To this day, she’s never bought any material and her mission now spans the globe.
“We do them in South Africa, Peru, England, France, Germany,” Wheatley said.
A majority of the sleeping bags that were made at Keystone College Monday will be given out in Manhattan.
The group “My Brother’s Keeper” says it relies on colleges and high schools to continue their cause.
“If you can just put the needle through the cloth and bring it back up through and tie it, you can do it!” volunteer Amy May said.