Jonesboro Occasions: The City Magazine Since 2003

Jonesboro Occasions: The City Magazine Since 2003

Jonesboro Occasions: The City Magazine Since 2003

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Cover Story

Sleep in Heavenly Peace: Building Beds for Children in Need

By Audrey Hanes, Photography by Melissa Donner

Earlier this year, Jonesboro natives Daniel and Hannah Massey set out to address a pressing need in the area by starting a local chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making sure that every child in Jonesboro has a bed. Thirty-two beds later, they are just getting started.

“I was 24 years old when I realized not every kid had a bed,” said Massey, the manager of NEA Baptist’s new Red Wolf Clinic. “I was working at a hospital, and we had an Angel Tree from the Salvation Army. A kid I picked requested a bike and normal kid stuff. When I was dropping off my gifts, I saw two beds under the tree. These were kids that wanted a bed so much that they asked for it for Christmas. It broke my heart, and it stayed with me all these years.”

Last December, a coworker told him about Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to making sure that every child has his or her own bed to sleep. Massey’s love for woodworking, combined with that realization from several years ago, led Massey and his wife, Hannah, who serves as co-president, to pursue starting their own chapter of the organization in Jonesboro.

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