Sleep in Heavenly Peace Project provides beds for kids in need

Dave Lang is spending his retirement working.

However, he says this kind of work is different from the accounting work he did most of his adult life.

Lang is working as part of the nationwide Sleep in Heavenly Peace Project, which provides beds for children whose families can't afford one.

"So we make these beds, and we deliver them to the house and we assemble them," Lang said "They go with a mattress, sheets, pillow, pillowcase, comforter, ready for a child to crawl in at night and enjoy a night's sleep,"

Lang says he was inspired by a special he saw on the national news.

"I was watching this and, I love working with wood- I make a lot of little things myself- and I like helping kids and giving back to the community and it just was one of those things that caught my attention,"

Lang then headed up to the headquarters in Kimberly, Idaho to go trough a short training and start his own chapter in Harrison county.

Lang says through this project he learned about the negative impact not having a comfortable place to sleep can have on children and their development.

"The point is they don't have their own space, their own comfort area to go to at night," Lang said "And the result and effect of that is some form or degree of sleep deprivation which causes numerous physical and mental health issues,"

For the past several months Lang has been working with volunteers from the community to build bunk beds for local families.

Parents, teachers, or anyone who knows of a child in need can request a bed online- if their zip-code is in Harrison county the request will got to lang.

Lang says the response from the community has been a huge help from volunteers to funding. Local furniture store star furniture heard about his mission and offered to pay for the first 100 mattresses.

"I showed them what were going on and what the needs were and i told them i was hopeful i could build a hundred bunks my first year and before they left they said they would provide mattresses for those first hundred bunks,"

Currently Lang's chapter is the only one in West Virginia, but his hope is that the project spreads across the state.

"I'd like to bring in people to do builds with me that maybe they're from Lewis county and maybe they'll get that same fire in them to go back and create a chapter in the central part of the state or the southern part of the state or out in the eastern pan handle or over in Wood county or wherever," Lang said