Con Paulos pitches in to help local children 'sleep in heavenly peace'

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JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Cutting wood, drilling, and branding kept volunteers busy at Con Paulos Chevrolet Saturday as they built 25 sets of bunk beds for local children in need.

"We find that kids are sleeping in little nests in the corner, they're sleeping on an old mattress that's twisted, etc.," said Scott Butler of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a non-profit organization that provides beds for needy children. "If they're not getting the sleep that they need, their school work fails, their relationships fail, its just a complete failure."

It all started about five years ago in a garage in Kimberly when Butler's friend Luke decided to build bunk beds for the community.

"He had some extra material leftover (and) decided to see if there was a need out there," Butler added. "(He) put it on Facebook and it just took off from there."

That created Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Since then, chapters popped up all over the Gem State and even expanded as far as San Diego, California.

Butler got involved on and off from the start of it all, but became more committed when he took on the role of president for the Twin Falls chapter this past spring.

"All of my buddies we graduated with were involved in it and I just kept feeling this need to do it," he said. "They made a phone call and said 'would you do it?' and I said 'yeah, I'd love to!'"

This year, the nonprofit granted beds to more than 600 children — 200 of them in the Magic Valley plus more from the event.

For every car sold during the month of July, Con Paulos donated material for one bunk bed. In all, they raised more than $6,000 to build a total of 50 bed frames.

For Con Paulos General Manager Costa Paulos, he said this was a way to give back to the community while celebrating the dealership's 38th anniversary.

"It's been great, you know. I was kind of worried with all the power tools, maybe losing some fingers or something like that, but everything's been pretty smooth so far," Paulos said.

As the saying goes for the day, "nobody sleeps on the floor in Con Paulos's town".

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