WILMINGTON — Mike and Eileen Watkins of Sleep in Heavenly Peace of Butler County spoke to the Wilmington Rotary Club which meets at noon at Damon’s restaurant on Mondays.
Mike Watkins said the not-for-profit Sleep In Heavenly Peace originated in Idaho and there are currently 100 chapters throughout the United States. Interest in the organization took off after being featured on an episode of Mike Rowe’s “Returning the Favor.”
Watkins said Sleep In Heavenly Peace is a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need. The organization’s motto is “No Kid Sleeps on the Floor in Our Town.”
Watkins began the Butler County chapter in May 2018 and the request for bunk beds have been overwhelming. The chapter currently has over 200 requests for bunk beds and averages two application per day. A typical bed costs $340 and includes the bed, mattress, bedding and pillow.
Watkins stressed the importance of a bed for a good night’s sleep and the effect good sleep has on the mental and physical health of children.
The chapter’s efforts are funded by donation and in partnership with local home improvement centers. For more information visit their Facebook page, SHPButlerOH.