May 14, 2019

This nationwide event aims to ensure that no kid has to sleep on the floor

The Idaho nonprofit Sleep in Heavenly Peace and its 150 chapters launch Bunks Across America on June 15.

On June 15, volunteers across the country will build beds for kids in their communities. Hosted by the nonprofit Sleep in Heavenly Peace, the event aims to build 5,000 beds.

After witnessing a need in his community, an Idaho man put his own career on hold to help families in Twin Falls give their kids a safe place to lay their heads. In 2012, Luke Mickelson built and donated his first bunk bed to a local family whose kids slept on the floor.

“I had no clue about what the need was,” Mickelson told CNN. “There’s kids next door whose parents are struggling just to put food on the table, clothes on their back, a roof over their head. A bed was just a luxury.”

What started as a family project turned into a full time job—a nonprofit called Sleep in Heavenly Peace. The organization now has over 150 chapters in 41 states. On June 15, the nonprofit is hosting a nationwide event called Bunks Across America with the aim to build at least 2,500 bunk beds—helping 5,000 kids get a good night’s sleep.

There are three ways you can help: Volunteer at a local chapter on June 15, make a donation, or sponsor a bed—sheets, frame, mattress, or the entire bed.

Learn more about Bunks Across America here.

Danielle Moskowitz

Danielle Moskowitz is a contributor to The Renewal Project.