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Dawsonville nonprofit to participate in Bunks Across America
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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. - photo by Jessica Taylor

The Dawsonville chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace will participate in Bunks Across America.

On June 15, more than 100 Sleep in Heavenly Peace chapters comprised of more than 6,000 volunteers across 30 states will be building bunk beds for children in the nation who do not have a place to sleep.

The mission of the national bed building day is to unite the country in solving the problem of children without beds and to raise awareness of the problem by providing a solution.

“Think of all the kids that will be reached, all the dreams that will be saved, the confidence that will be restored, the worry and stress that will be relieved. That’s what happens when a child receives a bed. That’s why we do this – for them,” SHP Founder Luke Mickelson said.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace began in December 2017 in a garage in Twin Falls, Idaho as a way to provide one family with a bed for children in need, and grew into a network of volunteers who sought to provide free beds for children who don’t have beds of their own.

To date, the SHP Dawsonville chapter has delivered more than 103 beds to families in Lumpkin, Dawson and north Forsyth counties.

"This is the most rewarding work I've ever done," said Skip Sevier, Dawsonville chapter president. "We're just humans helping humans and once you've witnessed the joy in one of these kids' eyes, you can't wait to help more.”

Sevier and the Dawsonville chapter will be hosting a bed build from 8:30 a.m. until noon June 15 at Lowe’s Cumming, at 935 Marketplace Blvd. in Cumming. For more information or to volunteer, contact Sevier at skip.sevier@shpbeds.org, or call (404) 543-0615.

Volunteers work as they're able to build and to deliver beds, including mattresses, pillows and linens to children who do not have an adequate bed of their own.

Each bunk bed, including materials and bedding, only costs $350 to build and is suitable for children aged three to 17.

Requesting a bed is a simple process that is done through the SHP website. The only requirement is having a child, or children, who do not have their own bed. For more information on Sleep in Heavenly Peace or to request a bed, visit shpbeds.org.