PINE VILLAGE, Ind. - North Indiana's Impact 2818 camping program is being blessed, and the campers will definitely notice.
Pine Creek Camp, in Pine Village, Indiana, has been in great need of new bunk beds for each cabin. What started out as a 30-bed job quickly spread to over one hundred beds. Alan Riendeau and his group of volunteers stepped up for an exciting challenge full of construction.
Riendeau began by building beds for the Habitat for Humanity, as well as, doing much mission work for several years, and has been involved with the former North Indiana Conference. In addition to building these bunks, he has built wooden chairs for Camp Adventure and picnic tables for Pine Creek.
Normally, buying a manufactured bunk bed would cost from $400 to $600. Thanks to Riendeau and several other people, Impact 2818 has only had to pay around $60 per bed. Things were made even easier when Dave Shepler, of Shepler Construction Company, offered to let Riendeau and his crew use space in his lumber yard in Logansport.
Mike McCord from McCord's Do It Best Center hardware store, also contributed by discounting all the materials needed to build the beds. Local Boy Scouts troop also donated their time as well.
Along with McCord and Shepler, Riendeau has recruited several people from other area United Methodist churches. More than 15 volunteers at time build the beds, but there is always a need for more volunteers. They gather on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additional volunteers have provided meals for the workers.
Volunteers have built 80 beds since September and have approximately 46 more to build. The staff of Impact 2818 and Pine Creek Camp are deeply grateful for the wonderful blessing of all the volunteers who have helped improve the experience for these campers.