Bunks Across America creates beds in Twin Falls
Canyon Ridge Senior helps to organize the event to minimize need for beds in the Magic Valley
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Saturday at Lowe’s in Twin Falls, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Blanket Blessings and volunteers from the Magic Valley came together for Bunks Across America, the nationwide day of building designed to make beds for children in need.
For Sleep in Heavenly Peace Chapter President David Anderson, seeing over a hundred volunteers show up to try to reach the goal of one hundred beds says a lot about the community he represents.
“I’ve lived all over the United States, [since I’ve been here] I’ve been more involved in community service,” said Anderson, “the Magic Valley, everybody reaches out to help each other, it’s who we are.”
One event organizer, Canyon Ridge High School Senior Emily Rogers, was inspired by her late grandfather to dedicate her time to helping children in her area that need it most.
“When he passed away my grandma would donate to Sleep in Heavenly Peace for them to build their beds and everything,” said Rogers. “I was talking to my mom like, ‘this would be a great idea’ to get everyone to throw their bedding and stuff in there. And my grandpa would be really proud if he was here.”
While the build day fell just short of the one hundred bed goal, with ninety-five made, Rogers is not discouraged due to the volunteer turnout and her financial progress.
“I think it went pretty great,” Rogers said. “Filled up the whole truck and then I got some checks here and there to help me reach my goal of fifty thousand.”
As for Sleep in Heavenly Peace, these events always remind them why they work so hard.
“It’s really indescribable, to be honest,” Anderson said. “It’s humbling, I don’t really know how to say it to be honest.”
If you or someone you know has a need for a bed, you can apply on the Sleep in Heavenly Peace website.
Rogers’ senior project is also still accepting donations in an effort to minimize the need for beds in the Magic Valley.
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