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Canby chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace takes part in an event in Portland to get kids up off the floors

It's easy to praise the members of Canby's chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace because of their good work. In early December they got together in Portland with several other local chapters and built 21 bunks or 42 beds for children that have been sleeping on the floor.

About 50 people from several chapters in Northwest Oregon and a chapter in Southwest Washington joined to saw, sand, dye and put together all those beds complete with headboards in two days. This is a change from last year, when the only Eugene chapter represented the northwest part of the state.

The chapters don't just build beds, they also get donations to buy or are given everything necessary to make the beds comfortable. Right now, they need mattresses and comforters, which are in short supply. When the kids receive the beds, they aren't just a wooden frame. These beds come with everything including sheets, pillows, pillowcases, blankets, comforters and a mattress.

Throughout the year, those who stop by Gwynne's as well as other stores in Canby will find a crate with donations of the items that are to be given delivered to the charity.

Canby residents have been really generous, says Katie Sigler, the chapter president.

"We have received very generous donations from people in our community. The quilting group at the Canby Center donated so many quilts, Hope Village quilters also donated some beautiful quilts, a local quilter donated four quilts she made and someone else donated some very cute pillowcases. The amount of talented and caring people in our town of Canby is truly a blessing," she added.


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