Nearly 700 children in Madison County are in need of a bed, according to Cindy Thornsberry, President of the Richmond chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
The group is hoping to shrink that number this weekend.
The Richmond chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace has teamed-up with Crossroads Church to host a donation event on Saturday, Oct. 17, to go towards their mission of “no kid sleeping on the floor in our town.”
“We’re trying to help people in need. A kid sleeping on the floor is an immediate need. That kid isn’t going to be getting sleep. They won’t be comfortable… The more we can alleviate — the better,” Seth Sizemore, outreach for Crossroads Church, said.
The Bedding Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 124 South Keeneland Drive.
Sizemore said the drive is specifically looking for donations of twin sized sheets, comforters and pillows. All of which should be new items. The drive also has a registry at Target if people wish to donate online.
Sizemore said the group hopes to garner approximately 50 to 100 individual donations. All of the donations will then be given to Madison County families in need.
Thornsberry and her husband Kevin, both presidents of the Richmond chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, were woodworkers before they started up the chapter. They saw a need for beds for adults and then found out about Sleep in Heavenly Peace for children and decided it was a perfect fit. As members of Crossroads Church they also felt partnering with the church for the bedding drive, was a perfect fit.
“We know how much Crossroads loves to give back to the community,” Thornsberry said.
Thornsberry added that if a family is in need of a bed, they can go to the Sleep in Heavenly Peace website – shpbeds.org — and click the link that says request a bed. On shp.org those who might be unable to donate now, can find a link if they ever are able to donate to the cause in the future.