Bags to Blankets – Preferred Needs Your Plastic Bags!

Posted on August 24, 2020 By

How many plastic bags does it take to make one blanket? For the past three years, Pam Miller, RN, the director of nursing at the Mount Laurel office of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), with headquarters in Eatontown, N.J., has been creating blankets for the homeless from plastic bags.

Miller cuts plastic strips from the bags, and then crochets the strips into blankets. It takes about 900 bags to make one blanket! Miller is asking everyone to donate clean plastic bags no matter their condition.

Drop boxes for the plastic bags are at each of Preferred’s locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The New Jersey drop-off sites are in Eatontown, Elmwood Park, Galloway, Jersey City, Mt. Laurel, Neptune, North Brunswick, Robbinsville, South Orange, and Toms River. The Pennsylvania locations of Preferred are in Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. The Delaware site is in Claymont.

Miller is well-known for her dedication and altruism. In 2009, she started and personally funded a sewing project for people in Haiti. When she realized that for religious reasons the women would only wear skirts, she made it possible for women to learn to sew at Penny Miller’s Sewing Academy.

For more information about Preferred or donating plastic bags, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at or call 732-547-9886. Visit for more information.

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Since 1987, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services Inc., (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., has provided a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. PHHC is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry. Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home.

PHHC has 15 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters in Eatontown; and branches in Elmwood Park; Galloway; Jersey City; Mt. Laurel; Neptune; North Brunswick; Robbinsville; South Orange; and Toms River. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. Delaware location: Claymont. Visit Preferred at for more information.