LA CROSSE, WI (WKBT) -

Local community groups are teaming up with Gundersen Health System to improve the community's health by taking care of the environment.

Volunteers from the Coulee Region Retired and Senior Volunteer Program grabbed needle and thread Saturday to help the hospital prepare for its big move into the new legacy Hospital.

They're converting wrapping used to cover sterilized surgical trays into large bags.

Organizers say it's a good way to use the extra wrapping that's been replaced with reusable hard cases.

"For the move we needed larger bags to move all the stuff the patients would have in their room. Coats, boats, maybe Kleenex boxes, all that stuff, so we are making 300 bags," said Sue La Crosse, organizer of Project Blue Bag.

The sewing space was donated by the La Crosse community theater, which was already equipped with everything volunteers needed to sew the bags.

"When their group conceived the idea, you know logistics came into it. Location was important, I mean we have this beautiful brand new space that has the machines, has the equipment, and has the people to do it. We have the volunteers ready and anxious to help out," said Mandy Parmeter, La Crosse Community Theater costume supervisor.

The Project Blue Wrap is just one piece of Gundersen's Envision program which develops innovative ways to save on energy costs.