Leadership Shoals Raises Funds to Build 76 Beds for Local Children in Need

The 31st class of Leadership Shoals, a nine-month program of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, presented a check for $13,355 to the Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) Shoals Chapter during a ceremony held at the Shoals Chamber on February 25.
A requirement of Leadership Shoals is the creation and coordination of a group-led, community project. This year, the class decided to raise money to help build beds for local children who need them. “We were looking for a project that would make a big impact on our local community,” said Leadership Shoals participant Dale Price. “I was familiar with SHP through a public build I had attended.  I quickly learned how many kids in the Shoals did not have a bed to sleep – something most of us take for granted.”

After addressing a need, the class quickly went to work on their fundraiser: the first annual Shoals Tinsel Trail. The Tinsel Trail included businesses and organizations that purchased and decorated trees to display at McFarland Park during the month of December.

“I think what helped us succeed in selling sponsorships for the trees really boils down to the different walks and experiences each member of our Leadership Shoals class has,” explained Leadership Shoals participant Randa Hovater. “It was fairly easy for us to reach out to different friends, colleagues and businesses that we knew would get on board. We saw a sense of pride in the community during this project, and we already have a list of excited donors for next year’s Trail.”
The money raised from the Shoals Tinsel Trail and individual donations will help fund 76 beds for children in the Shoals. “When we deliver beds to the children and see their faces light up, that’s the rewarding part,” explains SHP Shoals Chapter Co-President Shelly Hollis. “Sometimes it’s the only piece of furniture their family may own.”

“I can’t thank Leadership Shoals enough for selecting SIHP Shoals Chapter as their community project,” added Hollis.

The class will also participate in a public build day on March 14 at McFarland Park to assemble the beds their fundraiser helped to purchase.