RECYCLE AND HELP LOCAL CHILDREN, EVERYBODY WINS

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We often recycle material by shipping it to a recycling plant.  It is certainly a great way to help save the environment.  However, Bekins recently found a way to reuse some material and help local school children at the same time.

BIG BOX FIRE TRUCKS

Brian, our Coopersville Warehouse Coordinator, recently delivered some big boxes to the Coopersville Area Public Schools.   The boxes once protected some of our biggest appliances, now they are nurturing the imagination of local preschool children.  Members of the school used their art skills to transform the boxes into large fire trucks that now reside in Alex Marin’s West Elementary Preschool classroom.

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“It is really cool, the kids love it,” Marin said.  “It gets used every single day and the children are thrilled about it.”

Marin also said that the Preschool staff is “extremely grateful” that Bekins not only donated the boxes, but also delivered them to the school.

We are happy to see a carboard box, that would have normally been crushed in a baler and sent off to a recycling plant, be reused in such a helpful way right here in our West Michigan community.

WE RecyclE each day as michigan’s greenest appliance dealer

We work hard every day to reduce our carbon footprint at Bekins. Our Coopersville Operations Center was built to house the storage space, cardboard balers and other machinery necessary for us to recycle over 90 percent of all waste that goes through our facility! That includes cardboard, cores, plastic ties, film, styrofoam and even old appliances.

It requires an extensive amount of space and money, but it is completely worth it when we are able to make such a large impact on the environment.  Our efforts have helped save 2,330 gallons of oil; 159,880 gallons of water; 162,185 Kilowatt Hours of energy; 1,370 pounds of air pollution effluents; 85 cubic yards of landfill space and 388 trees.

Look below to see a complete breakdown of how much our Coopersville Operations Center recycles in one year and how it helps our planet.

BEKINS PARTNERS WITH HAND2HAND TO HELP LOCAL CHILDREN

We are proud to announce that our Bekins and Classic Stereo employees once again gave back to their community.  Bekins and Classic Stereo employees collected a variety of food kits, additional food items and Ziploc bags, then donated the items to Hand2Hand ministries in West Michigan.  Hand2Hand connects churches with a local school to provide food to children identified to be at risk of going without food over the weekend.  The ministry appreciated the donation and told us it, “put a smile on children’s faces.”

The ministry connects 72 churches with 111 schools across the state to help feed 4083 children.  Many of the children who receive the backpacks reside in our West Michigan community.

HOW DOES HAND2HAND PROVIDE FOOD TO STUDENTS?

Typically, backpacks are provided in the student’s locker every Friday while the student is in class. Nutritious food is provided in the backpack, such as granola bars, oatmeal, pudding cups, cheese and crackers, peanut butter, and items for one or two meals. The food provided is intended to alleviate hunger over the weekend.

“I heard some commotion outside of my room, so I looked outside my classroom and saw a 3rd grader holding his bag of food shouting, “It’s a miracle!” He then proceeded to show all of his friends the food he had received.” – Teacher

HAND2HAND

If you would like to learn more about Hand2Hand and how you can get further involved, you may contact them with the information below:

Website: www.hand2handbackpack.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Hand2Hand-Ministries

Email: info@hand2handbackpack.org