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Volunteers build beds for kids in need

Morning Journal/Stephanie Ujhelyi Melanie Harr and Harry Buchert were two members of the local chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace who were at the Lisbon Methodist Church building beds for those in need. Buchert is the organization’s build manager.

LISBON — Recently, members of the local chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace met at First United Methodist Church in Lisbon to work on their construction skills.

Junior Harr and Ryan Smith serve as the co-presidents, leading volunteers through training on Nov. 15 to refine their bed building skills.

SHP is a non-profit organization that builds and delivers bunk beds for needy children in the immediate area.

Smith said the Nov. 15 goal was to make 20 beds within three hours, spending the majority of the time training on the equipment and trying to develop a place.

He had just come back from Idaho, where he received training that he was sharing with his fellow bedmakers. The cost of making a bed is around $200, which includes the mattress and bedding.

On that Sunday, volunteers worked on cutting, sanding and assembling headboards in a pavilion behind the church.

Nationally, SHP has built and delivered more than 58,000 beds for children between the ages of 3 and 17 throughout the United States during the past eight years.

The goal of the Columbiana County build is to assure that no child sleeps on the floor due to the lack of a bed, and volunteers are committed to that mission.

Individuals interested in either nominating a bed recipient or donating towards a bed can contact the local chapter through the Facebook group or SHPbeds.com.

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