Published: 7/10/2022 1:25:13 PM
Modified: 7/10/2022 1:24:57 PM
ORANGE — Seven volunteers gathered at the LaunchSpace woodworking shop inside the Orange Innovation Center on Saturday to make bed frames for North Quabbin children in need.
The group, convening as part of the new local chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, had built 10 bed frames by the end of the morning.
“All the work is worth it to see the look on kid’s faces,” said Scott Hubbard, co-president of the Athol-Orange chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace is an American nonprofit that builds and delivers beds to children in need. The organization is based out of Idaho, and has grown steadily since its founding in 2012.
Hubbard and his wife recently started a new chapter after receiving training from the organization in April. The chapter started with a $4,000 grant from Sleep in Heavenly Peace, and receives donations and discounts for supplies.
Hubbard explained he received a discount on the materials used to construct the beds from Hamshaw Lumber Co., and received a donated truckful of building equipment from Hart Tools.
The Hubbards have made 100 beds so far to be donated across the region.
They do larger work days, such as the event on Saturday, at LaunchSpace. LaunchSpace CEO and co-founder Brianna Drohen explained their organization has hosted two work days so far.
“It’s such an amazing cause and it is so needed in the area,” Drohen said. “We are happy to support it.”
Many of the other volunteers are also active in the Athol-Orange chapter.
“I like building the beds. I like delivering the beds — it’s like Christmas morning,” Chris Alphen, a member of the Sleep in Heavenly Peace Athol-Orange chapter, said as he drilled holes into pieces of plywood used to construct a twin-size bed frame.
Each bed frame children receive includes new bedding and a mattress.
“The kids are in bad situations. This project lets them know someone cares enough about them to get them brand new beds,” Alphen said.
While Saturday’s building event produced 10 beds, the crew hopes to build more on Sleep in Heavenly Peace’s national day of action called “Bunks Across America” on Sept. 10.
To volunteer with the chapter or request a bed, visit shpbeds.org/chapter/ma-athol-orange.
Contact Bella Levavi at 413-930-4579 or [email protected]