Lawrence County’s lawyers and elected officials are sponsoring beds after the Moulton Lions Club and nonprofit Sleep in Heavenly Peace announced a partnership to improve sleeping conditions for local children this year.
“Within days of learning of the needs of the children in our community who have no beds, the Lawrence County Bank and Bar are coming together to sponsor 38 beds,” said Jerome Thompson, president of the Lawrence Bar. on Monday. “In the past two years, Sleep in Heavenly Peace has provided 38 beds to children in our community without local support. There is currently a waiting list of children who need beds. “
Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) is a national organization that provides beds and bedding to children in the United States and Canada through public support and donations. SHP has five chapters in Alabama, including Hartselle, Florence, Gadsden, Gardendale, and Oneonta.
Thompson said the Lawrence County Legal Community came together this holiday season to facilitate this volunteer effort for children in their home country.
Judge Mark Craig, who sees parents in his courtroom answering criminal complaints or getting divorced, hopes to improve the lives of children affected by similar circumstances. “These innocent children, who have no responsibility for their parents’ choices, are the hardest hit,” he said.
Thompson said that attorneys who practice on child cases, including those related to crime or the need for child supervision, can “confirm the careful consideration that goes into every decision.”
“Nobody takes it easy when a child is removed from their home and taken to a detention center, with a family member or in foster care,” he said. “The latter two often create a situation in which sleeping facilities are inadequate.”
District Court judge Angela Terry, who hears crime, addiction, and dependent child cases, worked with Craig and Thompson to provide beds for Lawrence County children.
“I hadn’t heard of this particular program, but anything that improves the quality of life for our children needs our attention and support,” said Terry. “The Lions Club has done an excellent job helping the Lawrence County children with this and other projects.”
According to Thompson, 18 attorneys and elected officials have joined the cause to sponsor beds, including Probate Judge Greg Dutton, District Attorney Errek Jett, Clerk Sandra Ligon, Attorneys Rod Alexander, Paula Bassham, Cecil Caine, Trey Goldsmith, Mark Dutton and Christy Graham, Dave Martin, Harry Montgomery, Anna-Claire Terry, Mike Terry and Callie Waldrep.
“It was amazing to see the love that came out for our community and the children,” said Thompson. “The legal community can be the butt of some jokes. It was no joke, however, when the lawyers at Lawrence County Bar realized the need for adequate bedding for our children. “
In addition to the above sponsors, Thompson Cpt. Kristian (Krissy) C. Diggs, an Air Force JAG officer stationed at Moody AFB in Valdosta, reached out to sponsor beds when she heard of the need.
“I was so impressed that Krissy may be miles away, but her heart and love remain close to friends and family in Lawrence County,” said Thompson.
Thompson, who is also a member of the Lions club, said the Moulton Club will work with SHP to organize a construction day for the construction of beds in January.
He said a Build Day, when SHP will provide tools and bed kits to assemble, will be announced after sponsorship requirements are met.
The Moulton Lions Club is committed to providing at least 60 beds to children in Lawrence County. SHP twin beds can be sponsored for a tax-deductible contribution of $ 175. The cost includes the bed frame, a new mattress, and new sheets and pillows.
To become a sponsor or to donate to the effort, contact MarMac real estate agent Morgan Jones by emailing Morgan@marmac.us or calling Thompson at 256-974-3007.