NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The Utica chapter of ‘Sleep in Heavenly Peace’ (SHP) has announced that their inaugural bed ‘Mega Build’ was a “huge” success with the creation of over 200 beds to “help get children off the floors.”

Between Friday, April 1st, and Sunday, April 3rd, 1,200 man-hours were put in by 450 volunteers at Sangertown Square in New Hartford. Their original goal was only to create 200 beds but built 276 in total. During the construction 8,280 pieces of wood were cut and 552 head & footboards were branded.

“We are so grateful for the support of our community. You have all helped make a big difference in the lives of local children” – Pam Sperbeck, Volunteer Coordinator

Sleep in Heavenly Peace founder, Luke Mickelson, also joined the small army of volunteers on Friday and Saturday and spoke about the importance of the work that they were doing. The foundation is very grateful for the local community support and would like to thank the many individuals, families, school groups, clubs, organizations, and businesses who supported the event.

What does it take to build 276 beds?

• 8,280 pieces of wood were cut
• 4,416 pieces of wood sanded
• 15,456 screws placed
• 19,782 holes drilled
• 4,416 pieces of wood sanded
• 1,104 pieces of wood stained
• 552 headboards and footboards branded
• 276 beds built

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