Milk bags, scrap material needed for volunteer event

Laura MacLean

Laura MacLean is collecting milk bags and scraps of red and white material.

Milk bags and red and white scraps of material are needed for two upcoming Student Life and Community Experience (SLCE) projects.

SLCE and interested students will make quilts for the YWCA and milk bag mats for people in Haiti at the upcoming Volunteer Fest on Sept. 16. It needs spare red and white fabric for the quilts. It needs old milk bags – the coloured outer bags that hold three smaller milk bags, not the bags that contain the actual milk – to make sleeping mats.

“We’ll work on these projects throughout Volunteer Fest, and at the end of the day, we’ll see what we’ve accomplished,” said Laura MacLean, SLCE’s co-ordinator of volunteer and event management and a fourth-year Psychology student.

The Niagara Heritage Quilters’ Guild will help with the quilting project. As for the mats, SLCE wanted an international project to work on that day too, MacLean said.

It takes 300 to 500 milk bags to make one adult mat.

Students can drop in to the Volunteer Zone at Volunteer Fest, an annual event where community organizations set up displays to recruit volunteers. The event is open to students, staff and faculty.

Milk bags and fabric can be sent via interoffice mail to Laura MacLean in DEC R209B.

Volunteer Fest is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Jubilee Court.

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