Lansing’s sleep in heavenly peace breaks her record for most beds made in a day
DELTA TOWNSHIP, Me. – The volunteers arrived before sunrise, almost 200 of them ready to make beds for children in need.
By 12:30 pm, the Lansing Sleeping Heavenly Peace chapter had built nearly 45 single beds with the help of the Western Wayne County chapter.
The overall goal for the day was 160 beds, 120 for children in Lansing and another 40 for Detroit.
Lansing Chapter President Jarrod Olsen said the bed-building process usually starts slowly but then starts booting up.
“I think an hour ago we only had five beds ready and we are currently cooking probably 45 to 50 beds an hour,” said Olsen, adding that he and his team will be there until all beds are ready if necessary into the evening.
All beds and mattresses, sheets, pillows and duvets were scheduled for delivery on Sunday. The nonprofit broke its own record for the number of volunteers building at an event and was well on its way to breaking its record for beds built in one day.
“That’s more beds than we built in all of 2019 and 2020 together. We beat our record in one construction, and our goal for this year going into this year was 150. We delivered 28 today and before 120 today we have to reach our goal by this time. It’s only March and we have several more builds planned for the rest of the year, “said Olsen with a smile.
Sherri Hines, the volunteer coordinator for Lansing’s Sleep in Heavenly Peace chapter, said they tagged nearly 180 volunteers for this construction, most of the volunteers in one construction were 70 years old. Hines volunteered herself last September but decided she wanted to be more involved and joined the team.
“We’re always looking for people who are interested. You don’t have to be handy or smart or anything, you just have to come and learn. We’re always looking for sponsors for people who want to build, maybe for their organization … and we’re always looking for people who have to apply to get a bed, also because they’re 100 percent free for the recipient, “said Hines.
“Thank you very much to our sponsors, all of our volunteers … without them we wouldn’t be able to do this. I mean, that’s thousands and thousands of dollars that people have donated themselves to help build, Lowe’s donated wood and tools to us, there are a few others who snuck in. But without them we wouldn’t be putting 120 children in beds tonight, “said Olsen.
Hines said they are seeking an additional 160 volunteers for their next build, which will be built on June 12 at Bunks Across America. It’s going to be at a Lowe, but Olsen says, “West Side Lowe and South Side Lowe are fighting over who will take them this year. He’s not quite sure how many they’ll be building at the next event.
“We just got another Lowe’s scholarship so we’ll probably double what we normally do. Instead of 40, we’ll probably do 80, but who knows. We could – that’s what we planned this scholarship for, us We wanted to do 40 and we ended up with 120, so who knows, “laughed Olsen.
If you’d like to donate, volunteer, learn more or apply for a bed, you can go to the Sleep in Heavenly Facebook page here or their website here.
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