The faint buzzing of sanders and the thump of hammers emanated June 15 from City Park. The noise was coming from a building project for a cause.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide beds for children that don’t have a good place to sleep. The organization’s nearest chapter, in Worland, put on the build in the park.
“We’ve been doing builds for about a year in Worland,” said chapter president Dan Frederick. “This is our first build outside of the area.”
The community came out in force to support the effort. About 50 volunteers signed up ahead of time. Others just happened onto the event and pitched in to help. Soon the big white tent in front of the band shell was full of red-shirted volunteers pushing sanders, running drills and bolting headboards together.
The effort was part of the Bunks Across America campaign, a nationwide effort by all the SHP chapters to build 5,000 bunks in one day.
It was a challenge, as even the small chapters had to build 20 bunks. Thanks to sponsors, enough materials for the beds were brought over from Worland.
The bunks were constructed in assembly line fashion, with the pieces of wood first cut to length, then sanded, tapped, drilled and screwed together. Templates at each station ensured volunteers could learn quickly. After assembly, the wood was stained and branded with an SHP logo.
The finished products are the head and foot boards for the bunks. Volunteers deliver and assemble the bunks at the homes of families that request them.
Mike Bundren, who was overseeing the assembly station, has been along on several of those delivery runs. He has seen the impact that a bed can have on a child’s life.
“The first five or six deliveries I went on, I cried,” he said.
In its first year, the Worland chapter of SHP has delivered 250 bunks to families in the Big Horn Basin.
Thanks to the efforts of the volunteers, there are 20 more bunks and an extra headboard ready to go. Several of them were left in Cody and are available for families in need.
A bed may be requested via Sleep in Heavenly Peace, WY-Worland on Facebook, by emailing email@example.com or by contacting Frederick at (307) 388-4049.