Some kids want the newest toy to hit the stores, but other kids in our area just want a place to sleep.
"He yelled I got a new bed, I got a new bed, he literally went through almost the entire trailer court yelling it," says Christopher Dorris, of his son who received a bed.
Christopher’s kindergarten-aged son received a bed from the organization “Sleep in Heavenly Peace.”
"Their stated goal is that no child in our community sleeps on the floor, and we thought it was a great idea, as I talked to our community resource workers, who are social workers in our school; we thought there was a real need for this," explains Kent Hobbs, the Director of Student Support Services at School District #25.
Officials say nearly 300 students in the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District are identified as homeless, or without a stable home, so just imagine how many of those kids don't have a suitable place to sleep.
"There's a lot of kids in our neighborhoods that sleep right on the floor,” says Dorris. “I mean I can walk this neighborhood, and find at least six or seven that are sleeping on the floor."
Last year, 60 beds were given away to kids in the school district.
"It helped me and my wife out because we just had another child, and we needed another bed for our oldest, because his bed was getting too small," shares Dorris.
Not only does the community come together to make the beds, but students at the Bannock Country Juvenile Detention Center give back by making quilts for each of the beds.
"These kids that are normally doing this are junior high/high school kids,” says Kelli Anderson, a teacher at the Detention Center. “So to know that it's going to little kids just brightens their hearts."
Although materials for the quilts are donated, the school district needs to pay for the beds, sheets, and pillows.
"We're hoping to raise approximately $6,000, if we don't raise that much money we will just have to reduce the number of beds we produce this year," says Hobbs.
But those beds are needed, and families who receive them, are grateful.
“I would like to say thank you, because if it wasn't for them and this program, my son would still be sleeping on the floor,” says Dorris.
To donate you can contact Kent Hobbs at the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District.
His number is 208-235-3253.
If you want to volunteer, the building days will be October 6th and 7th at the Bannock County Event Center in Pocatello.
For more information on “Sleep in Heavenly Peace” click here.