On Saturday, around 80 people gathered at the Blount County Agribusiness Center for a very special Sleep in Heavenly Peace bed build. The 80 individuals of all different ages and different faiths came together to honor the memory and legacy of Bro. Bill Barnett who passed away last fall from complications of COVID-19.
Barnett was the pastor of Union Hill Baptist Church as well as a core team member of the Oneonta chapter of SHP. “He was such an influence on so many peoples’ lives,” chapter co-founder Christy Buckner said. “He was one of the most kind hearted people. He was at all our meetings and builds, and he was so excited to have a build at his church eventually.”
Close to 30 members of Barnett’s church family joined his wife Nancy and many others from throughout the community to build 40 beds that will now go to children in Blount County who have no bed of their own.
Since starting the Oneonta chapter in February 2020, 232 beds have been built; 126 of those have been delivered. They were not able to deliver beds during the COVID-19 shutdown.
“Building and delivering beds has truly changed not only our lives, but so many others,” Buckner said. “Our job is to plant the seed and give the kids hope. Dan and I couldn’t have done this without our core team. We’ve connected to lots of communities in Blount County, and we’ve formed friendships with lots of people. We are very blessed for all the support we have received.”