A simple project to help a family in need lead Luke Mickelson from Twin Falls, Idaho to quit his high paying job and continue helping.
In 2012, Luke and his family decided to build and donate a bunk bed to a local family after learning the kids were sleeping on the floor. Luke then discovered that the need for beds in his community was a big one. He started buying wood and supplies to build beds with his own money. He recruited friends and family members to help around the holidays. As word spread, interest and involvement from the community increased. Luke named his project Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
"It was such an eye-opener to me," he recalled. "I sat there in silence thinking, 'Is that really what's going on?'"
In the first year Luke built 11 bunk beds in his garage.The 2nd year, he built 15 beds.In 2017, Sleep in Heavenly Peace built 612 bunk beds.
There are now 65 chapters of Luke’s non-profit organization across the country. Collectively, they’ve built and delivered more than 1,500 free beds to children across America.
Luke is nominated for CNN Hero of the Year. You can vote for him here through December 4.