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Beds given to children in Clackamas County, and requests come from many county offices, churches and Love, Inc.

Back in 2006, Yvonne Sawtell convinced her husband Joe to make a bunk bed for a needy family. That one bed was the start of the Prince of Life Lutheran Church's Bunk Bed Ministry, which celebrated the building of 150 bunkbeds on Feb. 25.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Hand-crafted bunk beds come with a new mattress and sheets and a specially made quilt; over 300 children in Clackamas County have received beds from the Bunk Bed Ministry.Those beds have provided comfort to 300 children who have often had to share beds or who have never had a bed of their own, said Yvonne Sawtell.

Recently a mother of four was saving money little by little to buy beds for her two girls; at the same time her auto insurance was almost due.

"A phone call informed her she qualified for a free bunk bed. She was so grateful and the girls were ecstatic about their lovely beds," Sawtell said.

Beds are delivered with new mattresses, pillows, pillow cases and a handmade quilt, sewn by women in the congregation, she noted.

The beds are only given to children in Clackamas County, and requests come from many county offices, churches and Love, Inc. The cost of building the beds is partially covered by donated materials and volunteer labor, while other supplies and materials are purchased by fundraising and donations, Sawtell noted.

Contributions may be sent to: Prince of Life Lutheran Church, Bunk Bed Ministry, 138965 Meyers Road, Oregon City.

Donors include: North America Mattress Corp., Hampton Lumber Sales, Miller Paint and Dr. Richard AhYou, who provides toothbrushes and toothpaste to the children.

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