ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Sleep In Heavenly Peace is made up of volunteers who build, assemble and deliver bunk beds to children and families in need.
The charity organization started in Idaho, but has spread across the United States. In Virginia, there are chapters in Blacksburg, Roanoke, Waynesboro, Pennington Gap, Richmond and Hampton.
“When people ask me, you know, what is sleep in heavenly peace? I say we make beds for kids who don’t have beds,” said Todd Marcum, a volunteer with the Roanoke chapter.
According to Marcum, his group of volunteers has delivered hundreds of beds just in the Roanoke Valley. April Staton, the City of Salem Sheriff, also volunteers with the Roanoke Chapter. She and others note how rewarding it is to work with the non-profit.
“Seeing that the kids sleep on the floor with nothing but a pillow and a blanket can be… it bothers you. but that’s what makes you realize why you’re there, why you’re a servant,” said Staton.
The volunteers who are putting the beds together have certain standards and building manuals they use to make sure the beds are safe for kids. If you are in need of a bed for your family or would like to refer a family, you can click here for the application.