CCL donates 101 items to ‘Sleep in Heavenly Peace’
On Friday, March 6, the Colby Community Library (CCL) was filled with 49 volunteers who worked throughout the day to share their sewing talents for the annual service project day, which included both the Maddie Thums Memorial Sewa- thon and Make-A Difference Day.
Fabrics and supplies were obtained through the Thrivent Action Team program.
The Make-A-Difference Day (MADD) project this year was developed to help the local chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP), based in Spencer. This organization’s mission is to get beds and bedding to children, within a 25-mile radius of Spencer, who have inadequate sleeping conditions.
At the end of the day, 14 quilts were finished or nearly completed and 15 pillow cases were sewn for the SHP group. These items were added to others collected prior to the sewing day, including comforter sets, bedsheets, pillowcases, mattress pads, and pillows.
In total, 101 bedding items and a cash donation were given to the SHP project. All of the donations received have been sorted and prepared as “bedding sets” and are ready to accompany bed deliveries. SHP has a mission statement that “No Kid Sleeps on the Floor in our Town” and builds beds for children with inadequate sleeping conditions.
The SHP organizers are patiently waiting for the safer at home restrictions to be lifted so they can get back to their mission of getting kids in the surrounding communities into their own beds. The children get the bed, mattress and all the bedding; when SHP delivery crews leave their homes, the bed is all ready for them to have a good night’s sleep. The beds are “bunkable” if there are multiple children in the home.
The mini bed on display at the library helped raise awareness for the SHP project. A bed request arrived within 24 hours of a family noticing the bed set up at the CCL. Currently, there are over 30 requests for beds.
New bedding items are always needed. Twin-sized sheets, quilts, comforters, and mattress pads are useful, as are pillows and pillowcases. They can be donated throughout the year. Contact information is available in the brochures at the CCL.
SHP Spencer Chapter co-president, Joleen Schade of Colby, said, “Sleep in Heavenly Peace is so grateful to be chosen as a beneficiary of the Colby Community Library’s MADD. I want to thank Director Vicky Calmes and the library staff for all of the effort they put into this event and everything they do to make the CCL truly a ‘community’ library.”