Employees from Baker City’s Safeway store worked Saturday to build 10 bunk beds that will be available to local children.
The Safeway staff coordinated with Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a nonprofit based in Twin Falls, Idaho, that provides bunk beds to children in need.
Brandon Sweet, director of the Baker City Safeway, said he and another employee learned about Sleep in Heavenly Peace during a Rotary Club meeting.
“It seemed like a really good program,” Sweet said. “It makes you feel really good to see people benefitting” from the beds built and donated.
Sweet asked Safeway corporate officials about making a donation, and they approved a donation of $3,750 to buy the materials, and allowed store employees to assemble the beds.
According to its website, Sleep in Heavenly Peace started in a garage at Christmas time with volunteers building a bed for a single family.
The program grew from there.
The website states: “At SHP, we fully believe that a bed is a basic need for the proper physical, emotional, and mental support that a child needs. When it was brought to our attention that the need for beds went far beyond our own neighborhoods, we stepped up and took initiative.”
People can apply for the beds and volunteer at shpbeds.org.