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Orlando charity building beds for orphaned children in Haiti – WESH Orlando

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An Orlando charity is working to send dozens of beds to orphaned children in Haiti, hit hard by this year’s earthquake as well as political instability.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace, which was started in Idaho in 2012, has been making bunk beds for kids in Central Florida since 2018. They work with agencies including DCF, law enforcement, and school employees to provide beds for children who had been sleeping on floors, on couches, or on piles of clothing.
“These beds will last a lifetime, they’re built very strongly and very solid,” said Bill Carleton, the head of the Orlando chapter. “You give a kid a bed and basically changes their whole outlook, they wake up well-rested, refreshed, and ready to tackle the day.”
Friday and Saturday, Sleep in Heavenly Peace is building beds for a special purpose: An orphanage in Haiti where 50 children don’t have a place to sleep.
“Our motto is no kid sleeps on the floor in our town, and our town is any town, whether it’s in the United States or outside,” said Luke Mickelson, the founder of Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
On Friday, dozens of AdventHealth employees volunteered to cut, sand, drill, and assemble the wood used to make the beds. It’s the group’s second year taking part.
“We love extending the healing ministry of Christ, that is our mission statement at AdventHealth,” said Sharon Deitchel with AdventHealth. “We realized that there were children sleeping on the floors in our town, we said we can’t have that.”
Sleep in Heavenly Peace is looking for more volunteers from the public on Saturday. The charity says people can register on their website, or just show up ready to help.
The work will start Saturday at 9 a.m. at the charity’s warehouse at 249 N. Ivey Lane.
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