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ost 15-year-olds don’t spend their time think­ing about ways to help those less for­tu­nate. Nor would they spend sev­eral week­ends ac­tu­ally build­ing beds for a home­less shel­ter. But Mic­ahl Wil­liams is not your av­er­age 15-year-old. In an ef­fort to earn his Ea­gle Merit Badge, Wil­liams is build­ing 80 beds for the Rain­bow Home­less Shel­ter in Por­terdale. “I like be­ing able to help out a place that doesn’t get a lot of help,” he said. With his fa­ther John do­ing car­pen­try and his older brother An­drew hav­ing build a gazebo and pic­nic ta­bles for the shel­ter last year, Wil­liams is no stranger to work­ing with wood. And to earn his Ea­gle Merit badge, the project had to be on a large scale. The Wil­liams fam­ily is a mem­ber of Eastridge Com­mu­nity Church, which sup­ports the home­less shel­ter. When told the res­i­dents needed beds - some­thing that could stack, like bunk beds - it was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for Wil­liams to start build­ing. Al­though the beds are com­ing along, Wil­liams is short on funds and ma­te­ri­als to make the 80 he needs. He has con­tacted sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions and so far, has had nine peo­ple do­nate funds in the last six months. But at roughly $35 a bed for ma­te­ri­als, any help he can get is wel­come. Ini­tially Wil­liams was also go­ing to sup­ply mat­tresses for the beds but af­ter con­tact­ing “ev­ery mat­tress com­pany” in the area, John says none of them even called back. The shel­ter said they would find a way to get the mat­tresses if Wil­liams could sup­ply the frames. “As a dad I want to just go out and buy the ma­te­ri­als for him,” said John. “But it is part of the pro­gram for Mic­ahl to do it.” Cur­rently Wil­liams is looking for do­na­tions to com­plete all 80 beds. For more in­for­ma­tion on how to do­nate, con­tact John Wil­liams at (770) 722-0360. “It [the Rain­bow Shel­ter] seemed like a good fit,” said Wil­liams. “It’s not a place that a whole lot of peo­ple choose to do­nate to, and they need the help.” For more in­for­ma­tion on the shel­ter, call (770) 787-8519.

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