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Sleep in Heavenly Peace volunteers hammer away toward 300 bed goal

Thomas Caputo
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Posted 5/5/23

Volunteers with the Utica chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace will be hard at work all weekend long as they build beds for children in need during their second annual Mega Build event.

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Sleep in Heavenly Peace volunteers hammer away toward 300 bed goal

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YORKVILLE — Volunteers with the Utica chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace will be hard at work all weekend long as they build beds for children in need during their second annual Mega Build event.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a nationwide charitable organization comprised of volunteers who build, assemble and deliver beds to children in need.

The Utica chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace was founded in August 2021 by Stephen Sperbeck.

Since its founding, volunteers with the Utica chapter have built and delivered more than 1,000 beds to families in the Mohawk Valley — providing children with more than a comfortable spot to rest their heads at night but also the understanding that the community as a whole cares about them.

“Some SHP chapters will take a little bit of time to gain momentum, but these guys in Utica were just blowing it away,” said Bob Brosseau, regional chapter support lead for Sleep in Heavenly Peace.

“It’s a testament to the commitment they make in their community. There are people out there who want to donate their time and make a difference in a kid’s life. That’s always impressive to see, and I wanted to come down and check it out for myself,” Brosseau said.

Volunteers are already working in the SHP shop at 55 Oriskany Blvd. in Yorkville, where close to 400 volunteers with the Utica chapter will try to meet the chapter’s goal of making 300 beds over 72 hours for this year’s Mega Build.

Their goal is an increase from last year’s goal of 200 beds, as their first Mega Build event in 2022 surpassed that goal by making 276 beds.

According to Bill Gagnon, who serves as the co-president for the Utica chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, the organization is looking to build as many beds for kids in need in our community so that no child has to sleep on the floor in our community. In order to sustain the organization’s mission, they rely on their many volunteers, who don’t need to come with experience in bed making as the organization will guide them through the process.

Even though the Mega Build event is already underway, Gagnon said it’s not too late for anyone interested in volunteering for the organization and assisting them with their mission.

“If you haven’t signed up to be a volunteer this weekend, you can stop down and see the process,” Gagnon said. “If you may be interested in the future, we do have regular builds.”

Beds that are assembled by the Utica chapter will be delivered to children across the Mohawk Valley. In addition to receiving beds, the chapter also provides children with a mattress as well as new bedding, which is graciously donated by the community.

“If you want to bring down new twin size bedding, we are also accepting that this weekend,” Gagnon added.

For more information on Sleep in Heavenly Peace, to donate or volunteer for the local Utica chapter, or to apply for a bed, visit shpbeds.org/chapter/ny-utica.

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