TOP PHOTO: Manuel Mesa and South Campbell County Rotary Club President Rayma Daugherty working at Saturday’s Sleep in Heavenly Peace bed building event.
By Charlotte Underwood
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Around 20 kids in Campbell County will soon have their own bed to sleep in after the Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bed building event.
Nearly 50 volunteers helped out at the event held on Saturday. This year’s local event was once again sponsored by the South Campbell County Rotary Club and held in the Food City parking lot. Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a nation wide non-profit organization that helps get kids off the floor and into beds.
The rotary club provided a donation and grant to cover the costs of the build.
South Campbell County Rotary President Rayma Daugherty said the club donated $2,000 and received a matching $2,000 in grant funds in a rotary district matching grant.
“We think it’s a great cause for the club to come together to help with,” Daugherty said.
According to SHP Campbell County Chapter Leader Bill Thompson, the build day was a success and 22 beds were built quickly.
“The event went great! When you have that many good people helping, it goes quickly,” Thompson said.
Beds from the build day will be distributed next week locally in Campbell County. According to Thompson, 16 kids had been on the Campbell County list to receive a bed and several families stopped by the day of the event and requested beds.
“It’s always a good thing to make extra, and thankfully, we will be able to provide those families with beds as well,” Thompson said.
The local chapter SHP chapter covers Campbell County, Anderson County and Knox County. Donations made locally are used locally. According to Thompson, donations of bedding items such as new twin sized sheet sets, pillows and comforters/quilts are always needed.
Thompson said he wanted to say thanks to all the volunteers and a “huge thank you to the South Campbell County Rotary Club for sponsoring the event.”
The next SHP bed building event will be in Farragut on November 13.
To make donations or for more information or to request a bed for your child, contact local SHP chapter leader Bill Thompson at 407-678-2638, or email him at email@example.com. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/04/20216AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARK DAUGHERTY)