FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The residents at The Lantern at Morning Pointe, memory care community at Morning Pointe of Franklin, are putting their knitting and crocheting talents together for a cause. With each knit and purl, the residents, their families, and Morning Pointe associates came together for a mixed media project using grocery bags, giving them new life as lightweight, water-resistant mats for local homeless outreach groups.

The memory care community has set a goal to create the mats throughout the year, providing continued comfort to the less fortunate. But these acts of kindness are nothing new for the residents. As part of the Meaningful Day™ program, Morning Pointe is partnering with local organizations to pay it forward, and giving residents the opportunity to put their lifelong talents and crafts to use for the greater good as part of a yearlong community service campaign. Called “Make Your Mark,” the company-wide volunteer effort aims to give back 20,000 hours of community service in 2017.

Volunteers interested in participating in the project at Morning Pointe of Franklin can contact Ashley Briggs, Lantern program director, at (615) 614-8555.

Photo: Sue Harris, Luella Trinrud, and Mary Ratzlaff, The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Franklin residents, create plastic yarn, transforming the grocery bags into water-resistant mats.