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Edgerton community builds beds for kids in need

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EDGERTON (WKOW) -- Volunteers in the Edgerton community came together on Saturday to build 29 beds for kids. 

Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) is a national non-profit organization where groups of volunteers build beds for kids who do not have one. 

SHP has over 200 local chapters nationwide and the Edgerton chapter recently formed in November. 

Patti Gullickson, a volunteer at Saturday’s bed build, said, “There are a lot of kids in every school everywhere that are sleeping on couches or floors or with another sibling.” 

Gullickson works in schools. She says it's important for kids to have a place of their own to feel safe and get a good night’s sleep. 

The family coordinator of the chapter, Krista Kim, said there are many reasons why a family might need a bed.

“Sometimes families are moving from a difficult or unsafe environment and are unable to take their beds with them if they have a new place to stay,” Kim said. 

The president and co-founder of the Edgerton Chapter, Julie Norland, said if kids aren’t getting enough sleep, it can impact their health. 

“When we have kids who are sleeping on the floor, that really impacts how well they do in school and how happy they are in life,” Norland said. 

According to the Douglas Research Centre, reduced sleep can impact emotions, memory and academic potential. 

In addition, children ages three to seven who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have problems with attention, peer relationships, and emotional control, according to a study by a Harvard pediatrician. 

Norland added when she was growing up, having her own bed allowed her to read books and cuddle with her stuffed animals, essential parts of her childhood. 

“I have very fond memories of reading in bed, having my mom and dad read stories to me. I think by providing a bed we also provide a place of safety,” Norland said.

She hopes to provide that for kids in the area and to reach more families beyond the Edgerton community in the future. 

The beds that were built on Saturday will be delivered to homes starting on Sunday. They all come with a mattress and a full-set of bedding. Any beds that remain will be delivered throughout the month of March. 

The next Edgerton community bed build will take place in June, according to Norland. 

If you are aware of a family that is in need of a bed you can apply for one here. You can also find your local chapter on the Sleep in Heavenly Peace website

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Alyssa Hui

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