BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A national non-profit is providing comfort to children who need it most, right here in Bay County.
This image shows the crew of builders and family receiving the bunk bed standing around their new bed. (WJHG)
"Kids are sleeping on pallets, they're sleeping on plastic bags, they're sleeping on the floor," said Chapter President of the Tallahassee Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace John Cousins.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office teamed up with the Tallahassee Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace to provide 50 bunk beds for local children in need.
"Their goal is to make sure that no kid sleeps on the floor and that has certainly resounded with us here in Bay County because we've got a lot of kids that are sleeping on couches and floors and have really suffered since Hurricane Michael," said Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford.
While 100 children will be having sweet dreams in their new beds, the nightmare is...many more are still in need.
"When we hooked up with the sheriff's office and they said beds available for Bay County, they have 33,000 Facebook followers, in 24 hours they had 24,000 hits...the 50 beds were gone in less than 24 hours," said Cousins.
First responders, local politicians, and more showed up to lend a helping hand.
"The Sleep in Heavenly Peace chapter of Tallahassee is here making a difference in my backyard, so how do you not be a part of something so special," said Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis.
Each bed was made and built by the hundreds of volunteers lined up in Mosley High School's cafeteria.
"For the 50 bunk beds that we have, we have over 1,300 boards. We are cutting every single one of them, we're drilling them, we're making holes, we're putting the headboards and footboards together, and we're staining them, and the last thing we do, which is pretty cool, we brand every one with our symbol," said Cousins.
Thanks to the volunteers, 100 kids can now sleep soundly knowing they have a bed to call their own.
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