SUPPORTING WEST MICHIGAN THROUGH MICHIGAN BLOOD

Supporting West Michigan Through Michigan Blood

Get ready for a blog that will sound a little different. Today, I write about my own experience in a new program. As we wrote on a previous blog, Bekins and Classic Stereo are supporting West Michigan communities and its own employees with a new BeKind initiative.

Bekins will donate money when an employee donates time to a local 501(c)3 humanitarian organization. With a toddler at home, I have not carved out any time to volunteer recently. Yet, this new program drove me think about making time. Plus, what is more humanitarian than life-saving blood? I have donated blood and plasma over the years. Now I plan to give four hours of my time each month to Michigan Blood in Grand Rapids.

WHAT IS MICHIGAN BLOOD?

Founded in 1955, Michigan Blood is an independent, non-profit blood bank that provides blood for
60 hospitals throughout Michigan. The company collects more than 125,000 blood donations each year at more than 3,600 mobile drives statewide and nine permanent donation sites. A few of those permanent sites are located in West Michigan:

  • Grand Rapids
  • Grandville
  • Kalamazoo
  • St. Joseph

In addition to whole blood donations, Michigan Blood also offers:

  • a nationally recognized stem cell (marrow) program
  • therapeutic apheresis
  • DNA tissue-typing
  • transfusion medicine consultations
  • Michigan’s first public cord blood bank
Bekins BeKind

SUPPORTING WEST MICHIGAN THROUGH MICHIGAN BLOOD

All volunteers play a very important role at Michigan Blood. I work at the Post Donation Station. My job entails offering cookies and juice to people when they finish donating. It helps donors to eat and drink after they give. Michigan Blood also asks them to stay for an extra 15 minutes just in case they feel any of the possible side effects. The Post Donation Station volunteers help donors re-hydrate, replenish and stay safe after their life-saving efforts.

Yet, Michigan Blood offers a few more ways to volunteer:

  • Greet donors.
  • Place stickers on the bags and tubes before a donation.
  • Clerical support.
  • Drivers.
Supporting West Michigan - Michigan Blood
Reporting for duty. For every hour I volunteer at Michigan Blood, Bekins donates money to the 501 (c) 3 organization.

SAVE MULTIPLE LIVES WITH ONE DONATION

It takes about an hour to finish the entire process of donating blood, but the actual donation only takes about 7-10 minutes. You never know who it may save or what blood type may be in short supply. Plus, blood only stays fresh for a short period of time which creates the need for donations every day. You can help save the lives of multiple local people with only one donation.

If that doesn’t motivate you enough, Michigan Blood has another stat:

“The average Michigan Blood donor gives less than twice per year. If all donors gave three times per year, then blood shortages would be rare.”

LEARN MORE ABOUT MICHIGAN BLOOD

If you are interested in supporting West Michigan by helping Michigan Blood, click on the link that interests you.

FEEDING LOCAL CHILDREN: BEKINS WORKS WITH HAND2HAND

Feeding Local Children - Bekins Fruit Cups for Hand2Hand

Children have returned to school across West Michigan. Meals will also reappear in the lockers of children who need it. Hand2Hand asked Bekins to collect fruit cups for their backpack program. Our employees delivered a total of 533 fruit cups to help with feeding local children.

HAND2HAND FEEDING LOCAL CHILDREN even more this year

As children move up a grade, Hand2Hand Ministries bumps up its support. The ministry works primarily in West Michigan to provide food to school children. Every Friday, a volunteer discreetly places a backpack in a child’s locker full of food for the weekend.

This year they plan to work with:

  • 4500 children who need backpacks filled with food
  • 131 schools who place the backpacks in the lockers
  • 82 churches supply the volunteers and pack the backpacks

A PARENT TOLD HAND2HAND:

“Living paycheck to paycheck is difficult for everyone but when you have children and you are not able to give them something as simple as a snack it is difficult. Hand2Hand helps me to give my children well rounded meals.”

Hand2Hand logo

our part – a Fruit Cup Collection challenge

We asked our employees to collect fruit cups and offered a reward for the location that would provide the most. Our Coopersville Service Center earned the prize, but everyone wins when we step up to help our community. Here’s how the collections broke down:

Grand Rapids – 56 fruit cups

Grand Haven – 188 fruit cups

Coopersville – 289 fruit cups

FOR A GRAND TOTAL OF 533 FRUIT CUPS!!

Bekins Grand Haven Fruit Cup Collection for Hand2Hand
Employees at our Grand Haven showroom collected 188 fruit cups.
Feeding Local Children - Bekins Fruit Cups for Hand2Hand
Bekins collected 533 total fruit cups to help Hand2Hand feed children across West Michigan. Our Coopersville Service Center collected 289 at their location.

MORE THAN ONE WAY TO HELP

Our employees enjoy helping local children. As we continue to work with Hand2Hand to find more ways to help their mission, click on the pictures below to see some of our other recent collections for their ministry. Click here to learn more about Hand2Hand and how you can help.

Peanut Butter
Bekins Peanut Butter Collection for Hand2Hand
Canned Chicken
Bekins Canned Chicken Collection for Hand2Hand