When Richard Moio first heard about an organization that builds beds for children who don’t have them, starting an Oklahoma City chapter wasn’t a decision he had to sleep on.
“I’ve always been the type to give back on a regular basis, so might as well do it a little differently," said Moio.
Richard and his friend Larry Savage are co-presidents of the local chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a national nonprofit that was founded nine years ago.
Savage delivers for a local organization and has always been struck by the number of homes he’s been in, without beds for children.
“I’ve seen in all these little towns across the metro area, with kids without beds. It is a desperate need for us to get kids off the floor," said Savage.
But first Larry and Richard need to get their organization off the ground.
They want to start building but need sponsors and donations. Tools, new mattresses, and an enclosed trailer are on the wish list.
Savage said he’s made many phone calls, but it’s been slow-going.
“We’re trying to get the support we need. I’m going to keep making those phone calls until someone says yes. If I didn’t believe in what I was doing, I wouldn’t do it,” he said.