Pay it Forward: Sleep in Heavenly Peace

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Sleep in Heavenly Peace builds and delivers beds to kids who don't have one (Photo provided by Sleep in Heavenly Peace)

(KUTV) It's something many of us take for granted -- having a bed to sleep on. And many Utah children don't have one of their own.

A nonprofit in Utah hopes to give the gift of sleep to those children by building and delivering bunk beds and single beds.

"Our motto is 'No kid sleeps on the floor in our town,'" said Matt McEwen, co-president of Sleep in Heavenly Peace.

McEwen and Brad Andrew opened a chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace in Lehi at the end of 2016.

"We just want to go something good," said McEwen.

The group was started in Idaho by Luke Mickelson, a friend of both McEwen and Andrew. There are now six chapters in the U.S.

"When we deliver a bunk, they get a bunk, sheets, comforter, pillow, pillowcase--they get everything to have a good night's sleep," said Andrew.

Volunteers build and deliver the beds and bedding to the kids who are sleeping on the floor or have to share a bed with multiple kids.

"It's so touching to be able to see the excitement and the gratitude these little kids have for something as simple as a bed," said McEwen.

The builds are often used as service projects for youth groups, companies, or others who want to do some good.

"We've got all the equipment to just make a lot of beds, if they'll supply the manpower," said Andrew.

The new beds make a huge difference in the life of each child.

"Every time I leave a delivery, I cry," said McEwen.

The children who need a bed come from a variety of situations.

"Doesn't matter who you are, what your circumstances are--just let us know and we want to get a bed out to any kid that needs it," Andrew said.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to Sleep in Heavenly Peace.

If you would like to volunteer to build beds, donate new bedding, or nominate a child in need of a bed, you can visit Sleep in Heavenly Peace's website or Facebook page.