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Couple build much-needed beds for children

March 3, 2021 Digital Media Exclusive

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From left: Sleep in Heavenly Peace Co-President David Nock, his daughter, Kaylan Nock, and his son, Justin Knock, work on building a headboard during a recent build day for the Mars chapter of the charity that provides beds to children.

MARS — Ed and Elaine Snyder of Mars are doing their part to help children sleep easier.

At a time in life when most couples are enjoying some well-earned rest or spending lots of time with grandchildren, retirees Ed and Elaine Snyder are spending their days sanding wood, pounding nails, organizing volunteer groups and soliciting donations.

The Snyders recently started the Mars Chapter of the national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP), when they learned of an acute need for beds for children. They build beds for children ages 3 through 17 who don't have a bed to sleep in.

“We get bored easily,” said Elaine Snyder. “We flipped two houses and did some charity work. Our son and his wife, Shawn and Jackie Snyder, are involved in Sleep in Heavenly Peace in Maryland. They decided this is something for the old folks.”

The couple solicited the assistance of their friend, Dave Nock, of Cranberry Township, who co-chairs the Mars Chapter with them.

They have a motto: “No Kid Sleeps on the Floor in Our Town.”

Read more in Thursday's Butler Eagle.

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