Being kind is a core value of Bekins. It starts with being kind to our co-workers, family and friends, and extends to our customers and the community. Our new program, BeKind, is designed to empower Bekins’ employees to exemplify the BeKind value by doing good in the world.
Our first BeKind donation of $105 goes to Rett Syndrome Research Trust in the name of our Appliance Installation Assistant Manager, Samantha. She volunteered 7 hours of her time on Saturday, May 27th at the open house of 600 Washington Ave. Grand Haven, MI 49417.
Many Grand Haven residents have watched this beautiful church transform into an amazing residential home. Not only was the open house a fantastic opportunity to tour the home, but an opportunity to support a great cause. Rett Syndrome is a genetic postnatal neurological disorder that effects children after 6-18 months of early normal development. The resulting regression leads to lifelong impairments, including lost speech, seizures, scoliosis, irregular breathing patterns, and more than half of the children and adults lose the ability to walk. Those diagnosed with Rett Syndrome require maximum assistance with basic daily activities.
Please read Samantha’s story below on how she learned about the organization and what brought her to volunteer.
I play Bunco… yeah the Bunco your grandma used to, and probably still does play! I’ve made some awesome friendships with an amazing and eclectic group of gals. Of all the things we have shared with each other, my heart always felt most touched by Jenn’s stories of her daughter Brenna who suffers from Rett Syndrome. When she mentioned that a fundraiser was being held to find a cure I couldn’t help but be excited to help out in any way I could! At this time, Bekins BeKind program was just being launched and I knew this was a wonderful opportunity to make a difference for someone in our community and girls all over who suffer from this disorder.
Imagine the symptoms of Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s, Epilepsy and Anxiety Disorder all in one little girl… Imagine being so close to a cure! In March 2017 the Rett Syndrome Research Trust launched a program called ‘Roadmap to a Cure’. They are going to raise 33 million dollars over the next 3 years to fund four cutting edge approaches that could cure Rett.
Over Memorial Day Weekend I had the pleasure to work with over 25+ volunteers to help raise over $20,000 to support this cause. The fundraiser was a tour of a beautiful church in Grand Haven, MI that has been renovated into a home; the home of Brenna’s Grandparents. This is a church that people gathered at each Sunday, a place where children and adults were baptized and a place where couples shared the joy of marriage. People from all over came to reminisce of days gone by; some were just curious to see the beautiful home, and some were family and friends who have been in the home multiple times, but were there to support the family and cause. The amount of love, joy and thanks that was felt the entire day is something that would make anyone want to volunteer again and again. I couldn’t think of a better cause or a better way and to spend my Saturday!
If you are interesting in learning more about Rett Syndrome or the Rett Syndrome Research Trust, click here.
*Exterior image courtesy of the Grand Haven Tribune.