KATY (Covering Katy News) - It is estimated that about 20,000 children in the Houston area don’t have a bed to sleep in and a local group was in the Katy area recently helping those in need. The charity, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, aims to make a difference one bed and one child at a time.
One-hundred-sixty volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Katy held a ‘bed build’ where they sanded, drilled, built, finished and delivered 50 brand new beds on Saturday, Oct. 12.
“Our view is that no child should sleep on the floor,” says Gary Burns, President of the Houston Central West chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
“When we receive contributions and volunteers like this, it enables us to bring not just a bed, but a sense of dignity and well-being to children and their families.”
Some of the children sleeping on the floor were victims of Hurricane Harvey, still without beds more than two years later.
The Napoleon family of Cinco Ranch was able to deliver and set up beds for two little boys, complete with mattresses, bedding and homemade pillow cases.
“It was very humbling for us to be involved in this project. This is a family who lost everything during the floods and they have exhausted all of their funds just to get back into their home. I’m so grateful we could help out!” says Cherie Napoleon.
Other children have been without a bed for much longer than two years. The Faust family, also from Katy, were happy to build their beds as quietly as they could so that the parents of two children could keep the new beds a secret. Says Stacey Foust, “Once we had finished building and making the beds, the parents had us stand in the room and they brought in their two children to unveil the surprise. The children couldn’t stop smiling and were so excited to each pick out a bed. It was so touching to see their joy.”
Bed builds such as this one are held regularly around the Houston area and children as young as 7 are encouraged to participate. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating to Sleep in Heavenly Peace should go to https://www.shpbeds.org/chapter/tx-houston-central-w or follow the organization on Facebook.
There are about 4,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Katy area. Church members seek to live their faith by living and serving as Jesus Christ would do. For more ideas on how to serve in the West Houston area, visit www.justserve.org