Lansing nonprofit builds bunk beds for children in need

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – The combined sounds of multiple hammers and the hum of sanders filled the air as people made beds for children.

Bunks Across America spent Saturday building bunk beds across the country. In Mid-Michigan, Sleep in Heavenly Peace said 6,000 children didn’t have their own beds, and dozens of people showed up to help change that.

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In 2022, Sleep in Heavenly Peace – Lansing Chapter has set a goal of giving 500 children a place to lay their heads at night.

Volunteer coordinator Sherri Hines said the need would knock you out of bed.

“That’s about 3% of the population in any city, so for the greater Lansing area, which this chapter serves, that’s about 6,000 kids today who don’t have a bed of their own,” Hines said.

Around 60 volunteers showed up to reduce that number where they measured, cut, sanded and drilled to make bed components from scratch, totaling 60 beds. The work was done at the assembly line, with different stations performing part of the process.

Hines said people can come to help with little or no experience.

“You get a job; you agree to come voluntarily. We provide gloves, safety glasses and sanding equipment, all equipment is provided by us and we teach you a new skill,” Hines said.

Jerrod Olsen is the founder of Sleep in Heavenly Peace – Lansing Chapter. He said delivering the beds is what makes the moments special.

“You just have to help families who don’t have that opportunity or need that kind of help from the community and we can say we’ll help your child find a bed. “And more than likely for the first time,” Olsen said.

Lowes donated all supplies to complete and help fund the project. Cots are available for children aged 3 to 17. All beds are new, with mattresses and bedding. SHP expects to deliver the beds no later than December.

The next building event will take place on October 30 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Ledge.

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