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By Kathy Hanks
The Hutchinson News 

Nearly blind Kansas woman creates mats for the homeless


HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The internet offers tutorials galore for crocheting plastic bags into sleeping mats, and Pat Thompson has taken those lessons to heart.

Every morning Thompson, who is almost blind, makes her way to a comfortable chair in her daughter Amy Mitchell's Hutchinson home. She suffers from glaucoma and has an only blurry vision in half of one eye.

"I do this by feel," said Thompson demonstrating her crocheting skill.

She finds great joy sitting in the chair, with a large crochet hook in hand, weaving yellow, beige and white strips of plastic grocery bags into mats for home...

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