Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) of Tallahassee partnered with Rivertown Community Church (RCC) and other volunteers in Jackson County to build and deliver 16 bunks bed sets for 32 children in Jackson County last Saturday. The project was in partnership with the North Florida Inland Long Term Recovery Group’s mission to fill the unmet needs of Jackson County families in the wake of Hurricane Michael.
The Marianna Rotary Club was joined by members of the Tallahassee Rotary in helping build the beds at community. Marianna Rotary also donated $700 to build two more sets (for four extra beds) than were covered in the original grant that was used to purchase most of the other kits.
John Cousins, of Sleep In Heavenly Peace, said more than 60 volunteers turned out help with the build. Some were from RCC, some were from various other local churches, some were from Rotary, some were from Tyndall Air Force Base, some were from Innovative Charities, and there may have also been individual volunteers unaffiliated with any of those groups.
The beds got “32 more children off the floor,” a volunteer involved in the effort said, adding that, in just over a month 60 area children have been provided beds through the SIHP program.
The group is discussing the possibility of a return trip in September to chip away further at the need.
You can go directly to www.shpbeds.org to donate to the cause. As part of the process you can select the Tallahassee Chapter. You can also make a check payable to Sleep in Heavenly /Tallahassee Chapter and mail it in care of John Cousins, 7816 Broomsage Place, Tallahassee, FL- 32309.
Innovative Charities of Northwest Florida, at 1994 State Road 71, Marianna, was the host build site.