Sleep in Heavenly Peace
Updated: Mar 21, 2019
It’s a widely expressed sentiment that as long as we have a roof over our heads and food in our stomachs, we are blessed. And while this is true, there’s a smaller detail that often gets taken for granted: a bed to sleep in. This is what Luke Mickelson, from Twin Falls, Idaho learned in 2012. With a comfortable six figure salary, Luke wasn’t even aware that there were children in his own town that were sleeping on floors because their families couldn’t afford a bed. After learning of the first family in need, Luke decided to build them a bunk bed himself, modeled after his daughter’s bed. Slowly he started recruiting friends and neighbors to help build these beds and in that first year, they built 11 beds out of his garage. In 2017, that number grew to 612 beds. Along the way, Luke officially formed his charity, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, and more than 65 chapters have been formed nationwide. To date, they have provided 1500 bunk beds, helping 2,000 kids across the country sleep in their own bed. Luke fell so in love with his passion project that he eventually ended up quitting his job where he had been employed for 18 years, to be able to dedicate more of his time.
Not only does Sleep in Heavenly Peace serve the immediate need of getting children into a proper bed, local communities are brought together as all of the work is done by volunteers. On ‘Build Days’ volunteers learn how to build the bunk beds from start to finish. Once they are completed, they deliver the completed product to the families in need, experiencing the heart warming moment of seeing the children’s excitement at receiving their own bed. 100% of all donations go towards the beds and delivery process, since the charity has no paid employees.
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