As I carry bags of used trauma straps out of the emergency department, comments are often made that show people have a vision that I make every strap into a bag. The only way I could possibly do that would be to sew bags full time. Let’s see: It takes about two hours or so to sew up a bag. It took me about six weeks to collect the last 900 straps I sent to RAFT . It takes about four straps per bag. So, if all those straps had gone into bags, I would have had to have spent about about 75 hours per week if I had sewn them all into bags! It is a good thing that RAFT will take them, to keep them out of the land fill. I would be swimming in them if they were all here at my house.
I have told you before about RAFT. It is a great place where teachers can go and buy stuff that has been discarded, mostly by industry, for use as teaching aids. Check it out at:
Here is the back of my car with the 900 straps I donated this week.
When we were vacationing with the kids last summer, we were in a Goodwill store, looking for treasures. As crazy as it sounds, this is one of our family’s favorite pastimes. In the store, I found a ratty old purse and bought it for fifty cents. I came home, took the wooden handles off the purse and threw the rest of it away. After some sanding and spray painting, they were ready to put on a new bag. It turned out just right for my mom’s birthday.
Here are the creator and the happy recipient.