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Sleep in Heavenly Peace: Sweet dreams are made of stain and sawdust

Elaine and Ed Snyder make youth beds Tuesday in their work space for their chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace in New Sewickley Township, Beaver County. Joseph Ressler/Butler Eagle

NEW SEWICKLEY TWP, Beaver County — Sweet dreams can come from the most unlikely places. For hundreds of children, a good night’s rest stems from a workshop at Hosanna Industries in a Beaver County township.

It’s here that Ed and Elaine Snyder of Mars, along with a group of volunteers, sand, stain and drill the wood components that make up single and bunk beds that are donated to children, ages 3 to 17, who are without a bed of their own.

The Snyders 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. Theirs is one of 242 chapters in the country.

Elaine Snyder said their son and daughter-in-law, Shawn and Jackie Snyder, were involved with Sleep in Heavenly Peace in Maryland. “They mentioned it to me. ‘This is what you old people should do.’ I said, ”OK, we’ll do that.’“

She said she and Ed are retired and were looking for something to do. They started their chapter in February 2021 along with their friend, David Nock of Cranberry Township.

Building beds seemed like a good choice for Ed, his wife said. “Ed built our house, a picnic shelter, a tree house, just about everything.”

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