Nonprofit that builds beds for children in need seeking donations, volunteers for upcoming event – St George News
Volunteers help build beds for children for Sleep in Heavenly Peace charity, date and location unspecified | Photo courtesy of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, St. George News
ST. GEORGE – A charity that builds beds for children and families in need is hoping to gather additional donations and potential volunteers for their next bed assembly event Friday in St. George.
The local section of Sleep in heavenly peace is teaming up with SkyWest Airlines to build multiple bunk beds, chapter president Eric Mitchell told St. George News.
“We’ve been in St. George for two years,” said Mitchell. “We support our community with families with children who don’t have beds. No child should have to sleep on the floor.
Since its formation, the local chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace has built and provided 30 beds to local families with children in need, along with the sheets, mattresses and pillows to accompany these beds. This time, Mitchell hopes to build around 20 beds.
Construction is scheduled to take place in the parking lot of SkyWest Airlines headquarters at 444 S. River Road in St. George from 9 a.m. Friday, and continue until 1 or 2 p.m. depending on how long it takes to build. . the beds.
SkyWest’s location is subject to change, however, and could be moved to Lowe’s parking lot across the street, Mitchell said.
The charity has more than 240 chapters in the United States, Canada and beyond, and provided nearly 60,500 beds for children between 2012 and 2020. An estimated 94,600 volunteers are involved in the organization. charitable.
“I felt the urge to do something when I heard about this organization,” Mitchell said. This led him to contact Sleep in Heavenly Peace directly and ask what he could do. This call would allow him to start a local chapter of the non-profit association in the St. George area.
While there may already be a good number of volunteers between nonprofit employees and SkyWest, Mitchell said, people who are interested in getting out and finding out more about the mission of the nonprofit are encouraged to do it.
“We might have enough volunteers, but if people want to come forward, if there’s a need, we’ll put them to work,” he said.
Volunteers will build wood-frame bunk beds, with the association providing the wood and tools. However, there is always a need for new mattresses and pillows that come with the beds, which is why Mitchell is asking people to consider making a financial donation to the local. This can be done through the Sleep in Heavenly Peace website under the heading “Find my local chapter” tab.
Each bunk bed costs around $ 500 to build, Mitchell said.
Those who wish to request a free bunk bed or single bed for their children can also do so via the website.
Individuals or groups wishing to get involved locally with the nonprofit organization, sponsor a “Chapter Creation Day” like SkyWest Airlines is doing this Friday or donate time and materials through volunteering and other ways can visit the Sleep in Heavenly Peace website for more details, or contact Mitchell directly at 435-414-5852.
According to the nonprofit organization’s website, Sleep in Heavenly Peace was born out of a project started around Christmas to provide a warm bed for a family in need during the cold winter season. With the remaining wood from the original project, the desire to build another bed for those in need arose.
“A simple post to Facebook elicited an unexpected response,” the website says. “What once thought to be a multitude of requests from needy families has turned into a litany of local people eager to help and volunteer. The generosity of these volunteers was so surprising that it was no longer a question of finding the one who needed a bed, but of knowing how many beds we could provide. From there, the idea became reality. We can make a difference.
The Sleep in Heavenly Peace nonprofit went official in 2012 in Idaho and has since spread to the rest of the county and parts of Canada, as well as Bermuda and the Bahamas.
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