Idaho man quits his high-paying job to ensure that needy kids don't have to sleep on the floor
Luke Mickelson decided to give up his flourishing career and help the kids in his town in Idaho by building bunk beds for them.
The 41-year-old had a realization in 2012, when he delivered a bunk bed to a little girl, as he shared with CNN.
He said, “This little girl had a nest of clothes, it looked like a little bird’s nest. And that’s what she slept on, that’s what her bunk was.”
“When we delivered the bunk, she hugged it and only couldn’t let go,” Mickelson continued.
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The experience had a significant impact on Mickelson. He said he realized that the event was an example of what was indeed happening.
“There’s kids next door whose parents are fighting only to put meat on the table, clothes on their back, a roof over their brain. A couch was just a luxury,” he said.
Mickelson, at the time, was a churchgoer, had a good job, he coached his children’s sports teams, and frequently fished in the nearby river in their area in Twin Falls, Idaho. He was living the good life.
Although, his outlook on life changed the moment he met the children who didn’t have beds and had to sleep on the floor.
By then, Mickelson knew he had to do something to help. Eventually, he came up with the Sleep in Heavenly Peace project.
The man used his own money to start the movement. With his daughter’s bunk bed as the template, Mickelson asked help from his friends and family to do the work.
In no time, word had spread, and everyone in his community was willing to help.
Mickelson started the campaign: “No kid sleeps on the floor in our town!”
As of now, many chapters all over America have formed. Up until the day CNN got the chance to meet Mickelson, they have already given out 1,553 beds all over the country.
In other news, a man from texas helped raise $10,000 to give to the children who became viral for their make-shift pool on the trunk of a pickup truck.
Supposedly, the children were heavily mocked online and the man felt bad for them. He decided to take matters into his own hands and raised the money for the children.