Shepherd Village residents make contributions with milk bags

Woven milk bag strips create excellent ground-cover mattresses for people living in developing countries and who are homeless as a result of disasters.

It’s a program started after the Haitian earthquake in 2010 and is now a growing activity in schools and retirement and long-term care homes, including  Toronto’s Shepherd Village Long-Term Care. 

“The milk bag program provides both social activity and a sense of purpose,” says Alma Lekic, who runs the recreation therapy program at Shepherd Village LTC.  “Seniors in our community enjoy volunteering for a greater cause, and helping to reduce our carbon footprint for future generations to come. They like that it recycles a product otherwise headed for the garbage, and that they are helping people in crisis.”

There is a role for residents of every capacity, from sorting milk bag strips to weaving the mattresses. 

To learn more about the origins of the milk bag program and how to get involved, read this Toronto Star story