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Turning Old Electronics Into Food For Local Children

Hand2Hand logo hungry children

At Bekins, we strive to use the latest and best technology to help our customers. However, we still use the “old” electronics to help our community. Our employees recently bought the “old” electronics for a reduced price, with all of the proceeds going to Hand2Hand. Our IT Department and our employees raised $1,030 to help local children!

Hand2Hand is a ministry that 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. The backpacks go to children who are at risk of not getting enough food at home while they are away from school.

WHAT IS HAND2HAND?

Hand2Hand is a ministry that 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. The backpacks go to children who are at risk of not getting enough food at home while they are away from school.

This year they are working with:

  • 5,200 children who need backpacks filled with food
  • 151 schools who place the backpacks in the lockers
  • 91 churches that supply the volunteers and pack the backpacks
  • 4,200 volunteers

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.”

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Bekins employees at Hand2Hand backpack event
Hand2Hand logo hungry children

Day Of Caring: Bekins Volunteers Help Love INC Grand Haven

Bekins Day of Caring Group Photo

Sixteen Bekins employees volunteered for the 2018 Greater Ottawa County United Way Day of Caring.

The Tri-Cities Love In Action asked us to help build a border around a playground, move wood chips, plus create and fill in rock beds.

Getting all of that work done professionally would have cost them thousands of dollars which we believe is money better spent to help people in our community.

Greater Ottawa County United Way

Day of Caring kicks off United Way Campaign

The 17th annual Day of Caring in Ottawa County drew more than 1,200 volunteers to help local nonprofits with 45 projects around the county. The Greater Ottawa County United Way says the volunteer help amounts to $211,900 in labor support for our nonprofit community.

It also starts a new 2018-2019 annual campaign in which they hope to raise $2.5 million. Click the button below to learn more about how to help the United Way reach that goal.

what is lovE IN Action?

Love in Action helps churches and local businesses meet the basic needs of families in our community. Their primary objective to assist people to move towards self-sufficiency. They help with many initiatives, including:

  • Food Trucks
  • Free Health & Dental Clinic
  • Sheltered Housing
  • Upscale Resale Stores
  • Grace Gardens
  • Providence Place
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BEKINS IN THE COMMUNITY – Delivering Donated Appliances

Bekins employee delivers donated appliances

DELIVERING DONATED APPLIANCES

For more than 25 years, Bob Beerens has been instrumental in helping Bekins earn 18 national and international honors. Bob works as the Project Manager for our Electronics Integration team so he does not work with appliances for Bekins. In his spare time though, Bob volunteers picking up and delivering donated appliances for local people in need.

First Christian Reformed Church in Grand Haven works with Love In Action for what they call their “Appliance Ministry.” They accept donations of used appliances and give them to people who cannot afford new ones. In 2017 alone, the Appliance Ministry delivered 78 appliances.

Bob donates his time after work once per month for about two to four hours. He has been volunteering with the Appliance Ministry for the last 10 years.

As a Project Manager for the Bekins Electronics Integration team, Bob gets the unique opportunity to see the very best homes in West Michigan. As a volunteer for the Appliance Ministry, he also sees homes that don’t even have a door for their bathroom.

“It makes you feel extremely appreciative for what you have,” Bob said. “You would be amazed at how meager the living conditions can be for some people in our community.”

Bob delivering donated appliances
Bekins employee Bob Beerens poses for a photo while volunteering his time with the Appliance Ministry in West Michigan.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

If you are interested in donating used appliances that still work or if you are in need of donated appliances contact Love In Action. You can call them at 616-846-2701 or click here to visit their website. If you would like to volunteer with the Appliance Ministry, contact First Christian Reformed Church. You can call the church at 616-842-6370 or click here to visit their website.

More Bekins Employees Helping Hand2Hand

Bekins employees at Hand2Hand backpack event

Employees in our company want to help local children. That is why they are organizing their own groups to attend backpacking events throughout the year. You can also spot them pretty easily in their BeKind shirts.

We had a group of five employees and a family member attend a Hand2Hand backpack event in Hudsonville. We also had four other employees attend an event in Rockford.

We are so proud of our employees desire to help others. If you see them out, say hello! We would love to hear from you.

WHAT IS HAND2HAND?

Hand2Hand is a ministry that 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. The backpacks go to children who are at risk of not getting enough food at home while they are away from school.

This year the working with:

  • 4897 children who need backpacks filled with food
  • 150 schools who place the backpacks in the lockers
  • 90 churches that supply the volunteers and pack the backpacks
  • 3,400 volunteers

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.”

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Feed Hungry Children Grand Rapids
Hand2Hand logo hungry children

FEEDING HUNGRY CHILDREN: 1,114 FOOD ITEMS FOR HAND2HAND

Feeding Hungry Children Hand2Hand Collection

Spring Break provides an exciting break from classes for many school children, and maybe even a fun trip away from home. However, many children miss their school-provided breakfast and lunch. These hungry children worry about where they will get their next meal.

Hand2Hand normally provides these children with meals for the weekend. Now, they need enough food to last an entire week away from school.

Bekins and Classic Stereo employees recently collected and donated 1,114 food items for these hungry children to eat during Spring Break.

Feed Hungry Children Grand Rapids
Our Grand Rapids employees collected 600 food items.
Feed hungry children Coopersville
Our employees in Coopersville collected 324 items.
Feed Hungry Children Grand Haven
Employees in Grand Haven collected 190 items.

WHAT IS HAND2HAND?

Hand2Hand is a ministry that 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. The backpacks go to children who are at risk of not getting enough food at home while they are away from school.

This year the working with:

  • 4897 children who need backpacks filled with food
  • 150 schools who place the backpacks in the lockers
  • 90 churches that supply the volunteers and pack the backpacks
  • 3,400 volunteers

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.”

MORE WAYS TO HELP HUNGRY CHILDREN

Bekins helping Hand2Hand
Hand2Hand logo hungry children