Avalon Care Centre

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Turning Milk Bags into Mattresses

Avalon Residents Turn Milk Bags Into Mattresses

Avalon Care Centre-Orangeville, Ontario


How it all began...

Following the 2010 Haitian earthquake Angela Kesthely launched Milk Bags Unlimited, a volunteer initiative that has helped countless people in need across the globe. The milk bags do not decompose and would otherwise be polluting the environment, damaging wildlife and ecosystems are transformed into durable waterproof and bug resistant sleep mats. These mats will also be used by health professionals as emergency surgical mats where resources and supplies are scarce The mats are shipped overseas as packing in containers of food and supplies sent by the charity Canadian Food for Children, and then are distributed to those in need. It takes about 400 milk bags to make one adult size mattress 

Here at the Avalon, our kitchen staff started to collect milk bags in July 2017. Families and staff have also contributing to collecting. Our residents then began to prepare the bags cutting them into strips and weaving them into mats to be used as mattresses by people who otherwise would be sleeping on the ground. The residents efforts and work making these mattresses will be shipped to **Canadian Food For Children and will be donated to the homeless in Canada, Syrian refugees in Greece and other countries where natural disasters strike. They also frequently go to Burkina Faso, Brazil, Dominica, El Salvador, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Zambia. About Canadian Food For Children: “In 1985, after meeting Mother Teresa, Dr. Andrew Simone founded Canadian Food For Children, a registered Canadian Charity. Canadian Food For Children (CFFC) presently sends food to 18-22 developing countries throughout the world. Each dollar donated to CFFC can provide 20 nutritious meals.” The charity is completely undertaken by volunteers. In 2000, Dr. Simone was made a Member of the Order of Canada. Canadian Food For Children and Founders, Andrew and Joan Simone’s mission “is to give every person on earth the opportunity to develop their soul. To allow them the health to go to school and work, to live a life of dignity, to be protected from abuse, to freely choose the faith they wish to follow. I would like to help the poorest of the poor in the world.” Dr. Simone.



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