Pensacola, Fl

A new nonprofit in northwest Florida provides cribs for children.

In just its first year, the Pensacola subsidiary of Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) has already provided 100 beds.

Kevin Loveday, president of SHP Pensacola, said: “We saw everything, from the floor to the beds that were literally just mattresses on the floor, to the couches or the piles of clothes.

Loveday and his wife started their Pensacola branch at SHP last November.

“Our goal is for every child to have his own bed, and no child sleeps on the floor in our town,” he told my delegation.

The team of volunteers handed over their 100th bed to my daughters Tamika Stewart, aged 3 and 5.

“It means a lot,” Stewart said. “They are very excited.”

Stuart’s apartment was flooded during Hurricane Sally, destroying her daughters’ old bedding.

“It was great to see the excitement and realize that when we leave, they will have a good night’s sleep,” Loveday said.

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