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Library collecting grocery bags to help homeless

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) -

One library in central Arkansas is making good use of plastic grocery bags that have been collecting in cabinets.

The William F. Laman Public Central Library in North Little Rock asked residents to donate any extra plastic bags to the library so they can crochet mats for the homeless.

Organizers said it takes between 500 to 700 bags to make one mat, so Cory McEwen, a library assistant, said the more the community can donate, the better.

"This is why libraries are here," McEwen said. "We're here to help the community, especially those that are less fortunate than we are."

The library said they'll be collecting bags from now until fall 2017.

They then plan to donate all of the mats with the help of the homeless advocate group "The Van."

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