It’s difficult to get a good night’s sleep when your bed is a lumpy old couch or a hard floor, but one nonprofit found that’s what many children face every night.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace began in 2011 in Kimberly, Idaho, with an act of kindness. A group built a bunk bed for a woman in need at their church for Christmas, said Liz Colton, of Meridian, who is president of the organization’s Boise chapter. There was wood left over from the project that could be used to build more, so they put out a call on Facebook.

That brought more than 70 responses and showed there was a need. Since then, Sleep in Heavenly Peace has grown to 13 chapters in eight states, Colton said.

“It’s just grown bigger and bigger,” she said.

Colton and her husband became involved with the organization in 2012 and became leaders of the Boise chapter about a year ago, she said. In 2016, the Boise group built 50 beds. That increased to 105 in 2017, and the group hopes to double that again to 200 this year.

In just one month, Colton already has a list with 110 names on it — all people in need of a bed.

Colton works with local schools, domestic violence shelters and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to find families who could use help.

“We’ve helped people who ran away from a domestic violence situation and had to start over from scratch,” Colton said.

There was a young girl who had to sleep on the hard floor of a mobile home before getting a new bunk bed from Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Colton said she heard from the girl’s teacher that thanks to the new bed, the girl was doing better in school and arriving on time.

Each bunk bed costs $300. The group relies on donations to purchase the beds then holds what they call “build days” to assemble them, Colton said.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace has received support from local Eagle Scouts, who have raised money and held build days, she said. It has also benefited from church donation drives for new bedding and from quilt groups that have made quilts for the beds.

Last year, the Lowe’s store on Overland Road in Meridian built 52 beds for the group, Colton said.

The Boise chapter is seeking more donations this year. More information about the organization can be found at shpbeds.org.

Colton said the Boise chapter is also looking for a permanent building in Boise to have a space for building beds.

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