Kyle, Jessica and Kyllie Tisdell / Submitted photo
Charity provides beds for children in need on site
OnFocus – On Saturday April 10th, a group of volunteers built 27 beds in the Spencer chapter, “Sleep in Heavenly Peace.”
The charity is a not-for-profit organization based in Twin Falls, Idaho that builds beds for children ages 3-17. The Spencer chapter, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, serves the needy for 30 miles around Spencer. The Chapter has delivered 140 beds since joining the organization in August 2019.
Kyle Tisdell, a member of the Quality Roofing team, joined the nonprofit earlier this year and has been an advocate on the cause ever since.
“It started with a phone call from one of my friends. He asked if I would like to deliver beds, so I and all my family left, ”he said. “We delivered five beds between Spencer and Marshfield that day.”
Tisdell learned that on special “build days” the group will build and store all of the parts for the bed for later assembly in the child’s house. This way, the children have the opportunity to build their own bed – something they find rewarding.
He also learned that the group only had a few pieces left, but that they couldn’t build more beds until the warmer weather. With that in mind, he reached out to his employers, Mark and Pat Begotka, to see if Quality Roofing would be willing to lend their mechanic shop space for an indoor construction day.
“They didn’t even hesitate and said, ‘Absolutely,” “said Tisdell.
Tisdell, Mrs. Jessica and daughter Kyllie helped coordinate with Joleen Schade, director of the Spencer Chapter, in preparation for the construction day.
Spencer UMC, Curtiss Lions Club and Corporate Lowe’s, as well as many other donors, made the event possible. CRC lumber supplied lumber at an affordable price which the volunteers then used to assemble the beds.
In a horseshoe-shaped assembly line, the raw material was cut and sanded and drilled on one side. Then another team drilled holes and another team gathered. Then the beds were dipped in sealer, dried and loaded into a trailer.
“It was a really neat process to watch,” said Tisdell. “I just come from raw wood, 2 × 6 and 2 × 4, and end up as a bed.”
In just three hours, the team prepared 27 beds for local children, which will be delivered at a later date.
“It’s something that only helps people,” said Tisdell. “The look on a child’s face when they walk in and see their bed for the first time is amazing.”
Anyone interested in helping or donating to the group can visit https://www.facebook.com/SHPSpencer or https://www.shpbeds.org/chapter/wi-spencer-area.
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