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Sleep In Heavenly Peace is has taken on the task that every child in Harrison County has a suitable bed to sleep in. The Harrison County chapter, and West Virginia’s only chapter, was originated after Dave Lang, the Harrison County chapter president, saw a segment, in July, 2018, on the National news that featured Sleep In Heavenly Peace’s National Chapter, the only organization in the country that makes beds for children in need. After deciding this was the next chapter in his life, Lang traveled to Idaho to train and learn more about the organization before coming back to WV and originating the State’s only Sleep In Heavenly Peace Chapter.
A conservative estimate of children who need beds in Harrison County is 1,400, which proves there is a drastic need in Harrison County. Lang aspired to make 100 bunks to provide to children in the first year alone, but to date has made 48 beds since gaining full chapter status on December 1, 2018, which sets the Sleep In Heavenly Peace of Harrison County on their path of surpassing their goal. The chapter is now hoping to be able to make between 150-200 bunks in their first year. There are currently 25 children in Harrison County on a list on a delivery waiting list.
All beds, mattresses, pillows, sheets, and comforters are funded through donations to the chapter, and all beds are built during work days held by the chapter. The chapter has a core group of 10-15 people who know the build process and help turn build days into community and corporate events. Various corporations throughout the community such as: MVB Bank, Star Furniture, Premier Bank, Medbrook Children’s Charity, Sacred Heart Children’s Center, Clear Mountain Bank, Wesbanco, and so many more have been essential the success of Sleep In Heavenly Peace.
Sleep In Heavenly Peace is continuously accepting new applications for children who are in need of beds. Parents or guardians can fill out a short application on Sleep In Heavenly Peace’s website. If a person is not the parent or legal guardian of a child a referral can still be made using the same application. It is through referrals that Sleep In Heavenly Peace finds the most children who are in need of beds. Sleep In Heavenly Peace has worked with Harrison County’s Schools administrators, Rotary Groups, Kiwanis, local churches, and Social Services to provide children with beds.
After the child’s application has been selected, beds and bedding will be delivered to the child. Parents or guardians are required to fill out a liability release to receive the bed(s). Parents in Harrison County have been receptive to Sleep In Heavenly Peace, and the community’s support has been off the charts.
Since gaining national news coverage in 2018 Sleep In Heavenly Peace has not only expanded to West Virginia, but the organization has grown nationwide. Sleep In Heavenly Peace expanded from just nine(9) chapters to 137 chapters, and was able to build 4,244 beds and upped their number of volunteers to 12,000. On Saturday, June 15, 2019 Sleep In Heavenly Peace is hosting “Bunk Across America”, a national build day where all chapters involve communities to build a goal of 2,000 bunks in one day.
Sleep In Heavenly Peace is always accepting tangible donations or monetary donations to continue making beds for the children who need them. Donations can be made by check or online. For those who wish to get involved with Harrison County’s Chapter of Sleep In Heavenly Peace visit their Facebook Page or contact Chapter President, Dave Lang by email at:Dave.Lang@SHPBEDS.ORG.
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50 Carriage Ln
Bridgeport, WV 26330