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For more than two years now, the Bighorn Basin Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace has organized “build days” about once a month, to construct beds that will be distributed throughout the region.
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Published: Sep. 26, 2020 at 7:20 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - On a blustery Saturday morning, a group of volunteers in Cody are sawing, sanding, cutting and stacking boards that will soon become a needy child’s very own bunk bed.

The person who is in charge of organizing the day’s event is Dan Frederick. Dan is the president for the Bighorn Basin chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a nationwide organization dedicated to making sure every child has a safe place at night to lay their head.

“They estimate that about three percent of the kids in the nation don’t have beds,” Frederick reports. “And we’ve found that to be at least three percent in the Basin.”

For more than two years now, the Bighorn Basin Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace has organized “build days” about once a month, to construct beds that will be distributed throughout the region.

“We’ve got too many kids that are just sleeping, maybe on an air mattress, or on a pile of clothes on the floor, on the couch, something like that,” Frederick relates.

Families who may qualify can apply for a bed at shpbeds.org, and many are referred to their local chapter through churches, schools, or other agencies. But Saturday’s build day wasn’t just about what’s happening in the Bighorn Basin - this is a nationwide effort. The Bighorn Basin Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace is one of three chapters in Wyoming - the other two are located in Cheyenne and in Rock Springs. And Frederick says there is a definite need for more volunteers in other parts of the state.

“In Fremont County, in Natrona County, there’s some real needs over there, and I’m constantly getting bed requests from those areas.”

Frederick encourages people who may be interested in helping the effort to log on to shpbeds.org and click on the box that says “get involved”.

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