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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:18 PM

Hooked on helping: Iowa crocheters aid homeless veterans with sleeping mats (recycling plastic bags)

http://www.omaha.com/article/20121110/LIVING/711109991/1685#hooked-on-helping-iowa-crocheters-aid-homeless-with-sleeping-mats

By Marietta Nelson-Bittle / World-Herald correspondent

HASTINGS, Iowa — Those hookers over at Hastings United Methodist Church sure are busy these days.

“I do it every day,” joked Gay Courtier. “Sometimes I get up in the middle of the night and do it.”

Don't get the wrong idea. These “hookers” — OK, crocheters — are all about service to others. With help from "bag ladies," "strippers" and "holy rollers," the Happy Hookers of Hastings, Iowa, are hooking 100 sleeping mats for homeless veterans.

“This is our chance to give to others,” said Roxanne Boverhuis, the church's pastor.

FULL story at link.

Photo: http://www.omaha.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=OW&Date=20121110&Category=LIVING&ArtNo=711109991&Ref=AR&maxw=598&maxh=400
PHOTOS BY REBECCA S. GRATZ/THE WORLD-HERALD
Below: Gay Courtier crochets plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless during a weekly meeting of the Happy Hookers of Hastings, Iowa, at United Methodist Church. Above: the finished product.


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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:27 PM

1. God bless them for there work!!!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:31 PM

2. The wonderful United Methodist folk are as close to God/Buddha as any religious folk I've met.

They are truly awesome.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:33 PM

3. Sleeping mats for homeless veterans.

I am sure these ladies are working out of a true desire to make a difference, but I can't help but think, "woefully inadequate."

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Response to LiberalAndProud (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:02 AM

8. Woefully inadequate to you maybe, but not to a homeless veteran.

 

Never underestimate the power of an act done out of kindness.

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Response to crunch60 (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:58 AM

10. Oh sure.

Give a homeless man a mat and all is well in the world. Leave it to the faithful and all will be perfect. Unless it rains. Or snows. Because that plastic mat won't do one damned thing to keep the man dry or warm.

It is inadequate, no matter the kindness.

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Response to LiberalAndProud (Reply #10)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 03:44 PM

15. These ladies are doing

what they can. It may be "inadequate" and I'm sure they understand that it's not nearly enough, but they're donating their time and talents towards at least maybe making the homless' life a little less dreary and uncomfortable. Instead of pissing on the effort perhaps we can appreciate what they are doing.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #15)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 03:54 PM

16. I won't question these ladies' intentions.

My mother has often joined their efforts, so I know them. My argument is with the notion that faith-based relief efforts are anywhere near adequate. If we don't confront our shame, and instead congratulate ourselves for knitting band-aids, our moral compass needs adjustment.

Goats.

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Response to LiberalAndProud (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:57 AM

12. +1. of course, it's a nice thing to do, and they're probably doing it because it's something they

 

can do easily which fits in with what they're already doing, but all these little nice things don't add up to much when the percentage of people in need just keeps getting larger.

i sometimes have the vision that all these good people crocheting mats for the homeless and buying school supplies at walmart for poor kids & holding bake sales for someone with cancer would join together to ask our leadership why the hell they keep having to do this over and over and over and nothing ever changes.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #12)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:29 AM

13. How do you know they're not?

They might, in fact, be the only ones doing so.

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Response to eShirl (Reply #13)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 03:39 PM

14. i don't, but if they were, i imagine that would be the topic of the story.

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:52 PM

4. while I applaud the care and effort these people are making, I think it is SICKENING that they have

to be doing something like this for our vets--that the "richest, greatest country in the world" (so say the 1%) even has homeless vets--homeless anyone, is one of the greatest obscenities around.

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Response to niyad (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:33 AM

9. That's the bigger issue. As reported here on DU, the GOP is still going after vets, but not to help:

Bernie Sanders Slams the GOP Plan to Reduce the Deficit by Cutting Veterans Benefits

http://www.politicususa.com/bernie-sanders-slams-gop-plan-reduce-deficit-cutting-veterans-benefits.html

Can read some of it here on DU, thanks to babylonsister:


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021782400

How many of these veterans will be homelessness by this, when the nation as a whole is responsible for what is happening?

Taking care of them is the job of those that sent them out and no amount of helping the homeless makes up for this betrayal.

Help Bernie Sanders and all of those who are working to keep these veterans from becoming homeless.


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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:57 PM

5. just one more reason not to make them illegal.

 

when plastic shopping bags are outlawed- only outlaws will have plastic shopping bags.

scary thought.

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 11:19 PM

6. So why can't we support vets AND reduce the use of plastic bags?

As a previous poster said, we as a country should be taking care of our veterans - of all our citizens, including the chronically homeless.

BTW, there are plenty of sources of scrap plastics, and a number of companies who do provide surplus materials, etc. to groups who do charitable projects like this for free or at cost. Even if we totally get rid of plastic grocery bags, there's plastic tape, banners, cleaning bags, etc., which are actually much better quality plastics.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 11:26 PM

7. i use plastic shopping bags for lots of things. i love them.

 

i don't want to see them go away.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:38 AM

11. How the fuck are there ANY homeless veterans?


???

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