Volunteers build more than beds for kids in need
It's noisy work, but volunteers are helping kids get a peaceful night's sleep.
"It's seeing the kids and the joy it brings to them," said Cort McCotter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
The organization builds bunk beds for needy children around Southcentral Alaska.
There's no shortage of demand.
"We have currently 165 kids that need beds," McCotter said. "I have kids of my own, it just kind of touches me when I know that there's other kids sleeping on the floor. We've heard stories of kids sleeping on pallets, kids sleeping on piles of clothes."
Forces from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson lend a hand for this project at the Anchorage Fire Department's Training Center. So does Anchorage Cops for Community, or AC4C.
"No kid sleeps on the floor in our town," Lt. Gerard Asselin said. "We all know how important sleep is, how important it is to have a good place to sleep."
The effort is a family affair for the Asselins, as 10-year-old Seth also volunteered.
"Cause some kids are in need, and I would like to help those kids who are in need," Seth said.
Volunteers leave their mark on the community, as they build 15 sets of bunk beds to get 30 kids off the floor.
"It's like Christmas to them. It's just a bed, it's such a simple thing to them, but to them, it means the world," McCotter said.
The new beds are expected to be delivered next week. And the next build will take place in November.
The Alaska chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace started in 2012.
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