Ever heard of the Happy Hookers at CC Young Senior Living? Before your mind falls too far down the gutter, the name can be misleading. The group actually comprises two dozen crafters who turn plastic bags into cushy mats for refugees and the homeless, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Every Monday, the Happy Hookers meet to save the environment and improve the quality of life for those in need, one mat at a time. It takes 600 plastic bags and 50 hours of labor to complete one mat, which is about the size of a sleeping bag, according to the Morning News.

The group has donated 160 mats to recipients at Catholic Charities of Dallas, the Salvation Army, The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center and more.

Brianna Brown, whose mother lives at CC Young, was inspired to start the group after reading about a similar one in Tennessee, the Morning News reported. Five people showed up to the first meeting. Three years later, the group has grown to 25 people.

The mats are crocheted and infused with colorful bags that members find at Dollar General, local liquor stores, dry cleaners and the now-closed Toys R Us and Babies R Us.

Want to help? The Happy Hookers don’t need any more plastic bags, but they do need volunteers who can cut, fold or crochet. Email Brianna Brown at brianna.brown@sbcglobal.net for more information.

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