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Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) Warren County chapter will host a bed build day Saturday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon at Wycoff Heating and Cooling, 95 IA-5, Carlisle. Pictured are volunteers from a past event.

"No child sleeps on the floor in our town" is the theme of Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP).

On Saturday, Warren County residents have a chance to make that motto real.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace is an international nonprofit organization that ensures children have a warm, comfortable bed to call their own. Volunteers build beds then give them out to those in need — complete with sheets, pillows and comforters.

Locally, the Warren County chapter will host a bed build day Saturday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at Wycoff Heating and Cooling, 95 IA-5, Carlisle.

The branch’s co-presidents are husband/wife team Tom Black and Wendy Black, who are based in Norwalk. Tom said he was scrolling social media one day when he happened upon a post about this organization. He clicked to learn more.

“I thought it was maybe something that we could do to serve Warren County. I talked to my wife about it and some friends and we got some folks that said they’d like to help,” he said.

The Warren County chapter was organized in February/March 2021, but didn’t get off the ground until May after Tom completed training at headquarters in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Its 300 chapters are in the U.S., Canada and Bermuda, 11 of which are in Iowa.

“Some of the larger chapters may serve just a city, but in Iowa a lot are by county,” he said. “The mission is simple: no kid sleeps on the floor in our town.”

Sleep in Heavenly Peace began out of a garage.

“It was Christmas time, a time of joy and happiness, a time of giving and love, but also a time of bitter, cold weather and snowstorms. A project, that was started with the build of one bed for a single family developed into something a whole lot more. With wood left over from the first bunk, another idea was created. ‘Who else could benefit from this bunk?’” according to its website.

The beds are twin-sized and constructed as singles or bunk beds. People can volunteer their time with the actual construction of the bed frames, sponsor a build day, or donate bedding. All beds follow the same blueprint.

Tom said volunteers of all skill levels are welcome. Their core group consists of about 10 people. Fifteen beds will be made on Saturday, and then stored for later distribution. So far, the team has built 20 beds and given out 18.

Deliveries include the bed frame, mattress and bedding.

“They’re ready to go to sleep when we leave,” he said.

Their last build event took place in July in Norwalk, with one to be held sometime in the spring of 2022 in Indianola.

Tom may be reached at: tom.black@shpbeds.org.

Donations may be made online or to: P.O. Box 301 in Norwalk.

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