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New charity hopes to give everyone a place to lay their heads at night

Posted at 4:30 AM, Jul 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 04:30:53-04

MONROE, Ohio -- At a new Butler County non-profit organization called Sleep in Heavenly Peace, volunteers assemble beds to be donated to those in need. This will be the first bed some recipients have ever had.

"Ariel's three, (and) she's never had a bed," mother Brittany Fowler said. "She's had a playpen, but never had a bed."

The beds are free to those in need, including Fowler, who's had a hard year.

"My fiance died last year," Fowler said. "We had to move home with my mom. Start all the way over."

The beds mean her daughters, Ariel and Serenity, won't have to sleep on a couch or a pallet.

"When they jump on a bed that they didn't have and they can call it their own, I think it's just… the joy you get out of that is amazing," Mike Watkins, Butler County president of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, said.

Watkins started the Butler County chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace in May, and they've already delivered 25 beds. They have requests for 150 more. The organization has found a number of community partners to help them assemble the beds for delivery, most recently at Worthington Industries in Monroe.

"They use it as a team building event and also a way to give back to the community," Watkins said.

The employees of Worthington Industries built 40 beds and covered the cost of $340 each.

"No kid sleeps on the floor in our town and we want your town to be our town too," Watkins said.