Big Bay Ray

Big Bay Ray is a nonprofit organization that makes reusable shopping and wine tote bags out of animal grain bags. Profits from the bags are given to partner horse rescue organizations. (Photo – Gretchen Kyle)

Big Bay Ray is a nonprofit organization that’s helping the equine crowd by transforming feed bags into totes, and during the COVID-19 quarantine, the group and its volunteers are also using their sewing skills to make masks.

“We also are happy to report that our chief sewer of bags has now switched to temporarily sewing masks for frontline workers and individuals in need having made more than 200 in one month’s time,” said founder Gretchen Kyle.

Inspired by a beloved family horse, Ray — who was a rescue horse — Big Bay Ray makes reusable shopping and wine tote bags out of animal grain bags. Profits from the bags are given to a partner horse rescue organization that changes annually. The proceeds help offset the cost Big Bay partners incur on their quest to rescue abused and neglected horses. These costs include boarding, veterinary, dental, and farrier work.

Big Bay Ray has found there is a unique opportunity to educate the community about horses in need through the sale of its bags and fundraising.

“Many people are surprised to realize just how many horses are in need of rescue and what rescue efforts entail in terms of financial and human cost,” Kyle continued. “We are happy that our support of horses goes beyond our financial contributions to horse rescue organizations.”

During this time of public health crisis, the need for reusable bags to be easily cleaned is very important. The bags are made from polypropylene, which can be disinfected in less than one minute.

For more information, visit www.bigbayray.com or contact Gretchen Kyle at 925-523-3133.