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Volunteers needed for children’s bed build day Oct. 29

Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Volunteers at a Sleep in Heavenly Peace bed build in Scottsville, Arizona, earlier in 2022. A local chapter of the national nonprofit will hold its first solo build from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Marble Falls Lowe's parking lot. Courtesy photo

Sleep in Heavenly Peace Texas Hill Country, a new local chapter of the national nonprofit, needs volunteers for its first solo build. It takes place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the parking lot of Lowe’s, 3200 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace builds beds for children in need.

“Some of these kids are sleeping on couches and even floors,” said Jeff Matera, the local chapter’s president. “We follow the motto: No kid in our town sleeps without a bed.”

The Highland Lakes Crisis Network held the first local bed build in February, working directly with the national nonprofit. A representative of Sleep in Heavenly Peace spoke at a Rotary Club luncheon, laying out the program’s mission and inspiring several Rotarians to establish a local chapter. They decided on the name Texas Hill Country rather than Highland Lakes because they intend to expand beyond Burnet and Llano counties in the future.

“The need is great here,” Matera said. “Our goal is do this four times a year.”

On Saturday, volunteers are needed to help build 20 beds. Sheets, blankets, and pillows are supplied when the beds are delivered, Matera said.

The organization is also looking for sponsors, like Lowe’s, to help defray the costs. A complete bed with linens costs about $275.

To register to volunteer, visit the group’s webpage, where you can also donate money. No skills are necessary; any adult can help, Matera said.

To apply for a bed, visit the national website at shpbeds.org/apply.

suzanne@thepicayune.com