Bunks Across America to be held on June 12

MILLINGTON — Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP), a national nonprofit that builds beds for families in need, will be hosting a nationwide bunk bed building event on June 12.

Bunks Across America, regarded as the nation’s largest bed building event in a single day, mobilizes over 150 SHP chapters and 15,000 volunteers in 46 states, including the Flushing-MI SHP chapter that services Genesee, Shiawassee and Tuscola counties. This year, organizers are aiming to build over 7,500 beds.

“Think of all the kids that will be reached, all the dreams that will be saved, the confidence that will be restored, the worry and stress that will be relieved,” said SHP founder Luke Mickelson. “That’s what happens when a child receives a bed. That’s why we do this—for them.”

The Flushing-MI SHP chapter, which constructed 10 beds during a volunteer build last month, will be hosting a Bunks Across America 2021 project at the Glaza Pavilion on 8537 Gleason Street in Millington. The build will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With this event, SHP hopes to solve the problem of child bedlessness while creating a sense of unity in community through volunteers and involvement. The organization also aims to raise awareness—not only about the problem facing kids across America, but also about the solution.

To register as a volunteer for Bunks Across America 2021, visit shpbeds.org and sign up through the Flushing-MI chapter. For more information, contact Karen Gasperosky at karen.gasperosky@shpbeds.org or Jody Dean at jcmomdean@gmail.com. B.G.