Naperville Firefighters Leading Bed-Building Effort for Children in Need

Volunteers Needed to Help with Aug. 10 Event That Will Provide 40 Beds

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Working in partnership with the national nonprofit organization Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP), the Naperville Professional Firefighters for a Cause (NPFFC) and the Naperville Fire Department are helping to provide local children in need a comfortable place to rest. NPFFC and the Naperville Fire Department aim to bring SHP’s motto, “No Child Sleeps on the Floor in Our Town,” to the Naperville community by building and delivering 40 beds to children this summer and fall.

Volunteers are needed to help at a bed-building event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Naperville Fire Station 4, 1971 Brookdale Road. Financial and in-kind donations from individuals and businesses are also greatly needed and appreciated.

In addition to lacking food and clothing, many children in need go without a bed — or even a pillow — to sleep on, according to SHP. This can affect their happiness and well-being. Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a growing organization with chapters in many states that builds, assembles and delivers bunk beds to families in need.

“As firefighters and paramedics, we have a lens into areas of need in the community that many people don’t see,” says Naperville Firefighter/Paramedic Phil Carmody, who is one of the event organizers and active in NPFFC. “NPFFC members have the opportunity to develop strong relationships in the community, which has helped us find paths to support those needs. We are honored to partner with Sleep in Heavenly Peace to bring their mission to the Naperville community.”

Visit https://npffc.org/events/bunkbed-buildout/ to learn more, sign up to help or to apply for a bunk. Sponsorship packages are available. Contact Phil Carmody for more details at philcarmody@npffc.org.


About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.