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Here’s how you can help this nonprofit build beds for local children
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Skip Sevier, Rik Roberts, Joel Parmer and Dale Humphries assemble the first hand made bunk bed for the Dawsonville chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace Sept. 8, 2018. - photo by Jessica Taylor

On Saturday Feb. 25, local nonprofit Sleep in Heavenly Peace will hold its first bed build of 2023, giving community members a variety of ways to pitch in and help give local children a place to sleep at night. 

Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a nationwide organization dedicated to providing beds for children who don’t have one. The Dawsonville chapter serves children in Dawson, Lumpkin and North Forsyth. 

During bed builds like the one that will take place on Feb. 25, volunteers start with raw lumber and help to sand, saw, drill and stain it to make it into beds ready to deliver to children. 

The upcoming build will start at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 25 at the Dawsonville Farmers Market Pavilion, located at 86 Allen Street. According to information provided by the organization, the goal is to build 20 beds to deliver to local children. There will also be a couple of teams scheduled to go deliver beds the same day. 

In addition to the bed building, Sleep in Heavenly Peace will also hold a linen drive. The organization only delivers new beds, mattresses and linens to children, so during the build community members are encouraged to bring new twin sheets, pillows and blankets to donate. 

“We have been lucky enough in the past to have all our linens donated,” Co-Chapter President Patty Kurz said. “It is a great way for the community to get involved and it allows us to use more money for materials such as lumber, hardware and mattresses.” 

Those interested in donating sheets, pillows or blankets can drop them off during the build or donate online at https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E345976&id=31

Those interested in helping with the build must wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Volunteers can sign up online at https://shpbeds.org/chapter/ga-dawsonville/

For more information or questions about the upcoming build or Sleep in Heavenly Peace, go to the organization’s website, follow its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/shpdawsonville or reach out to Patty Kurz at patty.kurz@shpbeds.org or Skip Sevier at skip.sevier@shpbeds.org. 

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