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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.

Bekins In The Community: Valuable Life Lessons

Teaching Valuable Life Lessons

Our employees like to help people. As a service company, we consider it a valuable trait to our team and our customers. We’re proud to say one of our employees uses his degree in Pastoral Ministry and Leadership to teach people valuable life lessons that address our deepest needs.

Jason Hunsicker assists customers as a Service Administrator for Bekins. Before he worked for us, Jason pastored a small church in the Upper Peninsula. Now that he lives in West Michigan, he continues to use his knowledge and experience as a volunteer teacher and Young Adults Ministry Leader at the Lakeshore Baptist church in Grand Haven.

THE FOCUS – LIFE LESSONS

The church offers a variety of classes after their service each Sunday. Jason has taught multiple age groups and is looking forward to teaching a class of 10-year-old children.

“There is the preaching time then there is the teaching time,” Jason says. “The classes are a little more focused, a little more intimate. There is that interaction where they can ask questions and we can discuss it together.”

Jason at times teaches students about the historical context of different biblical books. However, he most enjoys relating passages to our current lives.

“Every time I get to sit down and study a text I love it,” Jason says. “Just when I think about how lives can change through this, and just how we can live differently based on what we read and what we learn, I think that’s just awesome.”

More about Lakeshore Baptist Church

Lakeshore Baptist Church is located at 17306 Church Hill Street in Grand Haven.

Their morning worship starts Sundays at 9:30. The Adult Bible Fellowship and Sunday School typically begins at 11am.

Lakeshore Baptist Church Photo

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Military Appreciation Month: Employees With Unique Perspectives

Military Appreciation Month - Bekins employees

We built our company with service to our customers. Obviously, that service pales in comparison to what members of our Armed Forces do for us every day. We appreciate everyone who has served our country and we hire veterans of our military. Three of those employees gave us their unique perspectives in honor of Military Appreciation Month this May.

Military Appreciation from those who have served

Military Appreciation Month - Bekins employees
Steven Bickford
Bekins Service Manager

Steven served almost five years in the Marine Corps. He attained the rank of Sergeant as a Ground Radio Repairman.

What I remember most is how much impact being a Marine has had on my life.  It has formed who I am through the discipline and dedication to duty I learned.  In my opinion we are not grown up at age 18, the Marine Corps is where I became a man.  It had far more impact than college or any other professional endeavor in my life.

What I appreciate about anyone who has served is simply their service, their dedication to do the job whatever that might be. One thing that even I didn’t fully understand or appreciate after serving was how important it was for all of us to do our job.  I befriended a man named Albert when I worked outside of Chicago after my enlistment was up.  Albert served in the Navy and he insisted that when he served on his ship if the call to General Quarters was issued he would do his duty and lock the hatch.  General Quarters is an order issued if the ship is in distress.  In Albert’s case, his duty would be to report to a radio room and basically lock himself in there with the hatch (door) closed.  The purpose for this is to protect against fire, but this puts a person in obvious harm.  I was surprised to hear Albert’s dedication to his shipmates, but I should not have been because that is the definition of service.

Military Appreciation Month - Bekins employees
Jason Hunsicker
Bekins Service Administrator

Jason served almost five years in the Navy as an Interior Communications Electrician.

Probably my favorite part about being in the Navy was all the places I got to see, and the things I got to experience. My boat made port visits as far north as Vladivostok, Russia and as far south as Sydney, Australia. We also visited pretty much every country in between those two ports. We mainly stayed in the far western portion of the Pacific. I also miss the camaraderie of the military, and still really enjoy talking with other Navy veterans and swapping old “sea stories.”

I feel like what I appreciate most about those who serve, is their service in much more dangerous places. I was on a boat that saw no combat. I never feared for my life. The most dangerous thing I encountered was the danger of electrocution while working on some electrical device. But those who served in more dangerous times and in more dangerous places, I greatly appreciate all they go through and went through to keep our nation and our world safe. They experienced terror in ways that I will probably never know. I so appreciate their dedication, and their willingness to sacrifice so much for the greater good.

Military Appreciation Month - Bekins employees
Jeff nelson
Bekins corporate trainer

Jeff served in the Navy for six years as an electrician, a nuclear power plant operator, and an electric control panel plant operator.

I remember being challenged in the Navy and pushed to do things that I did not think were possible. Going to nuclear power school, as someone who in high school did not really apply myself in math and physics, I was taught how to study and how to get the most out of myself. I was learning thermodynamics, heat transfer and nuclear physics.

It included equations that were 20 feet long to determine how thick a fuel rod should be. I never thought I could do that.

For those who serve and have served, I appreciate their willingness to sacrifice their time, energy, safety and freedom to defend our nation and all of the people here. Our service men and women give up a lot. It’s hard work. It’s dangerous. It’s a huge commitment of time and energy. They give up time with their friends, time with their family and other things they may want to do. They make sacrifices and they do it willingly on our behalf. I appreciate those out there serving right now.

Our Bekins team would like to thank all of those who have served our country, are currently serving, and those enlisting to serve. Thank you for your service!

A Hunting We Did Go!

This morning was the annual Easter Egg Hunt in our Grand Haven store! The staff scoured the store to find brightly colored eggs filled with candy and prizes peeking out from under ranges, hiding inside microwaves, and balanced on the tops of refrigerators.

GH Store Easter Egg Hunt

Robin found one!

GH Store Easter Egg Hunt

Hmmm… that doesn’t belong there, does it?

GH Store Easter Egg Hunt

So many hiding spots!

GH Store Easter Egg Hunt

Michelle making friends with Nugget!

The prize bag of goodies went to Lou who won the tie-breaker for finding the most eggs. As you can see the pink bunny ears fit him just perfectly and he readily made friends with Nugget, the office chick.

GH Store Easter Egg Hunt

Pink bunny ears for Lou!

GH Store Easter Egg Hunt

Lou and his new chick!

Not to be left out of the fun, earlier this week the appliance and electronics installation teams had their own Easter Egg hunt in the warehouse. Looks like Doug claimed the chocolate bunny in that one!

Warehouse Easter Egg Hunt

Hunting for eggs in the warehouse

Warehouse Easter Egg Hunt

So many places to hide eggs in here!

Warehouse Easter Egg Hunt

Thanks for the candy!

Warehouse Easter Egg Hunt

Doug wins the chocolate bunny!

Have you ever wondered exactly how hunting brightly colored eggs came to be associated with Easter? Although Easter is a Christian holiday, the beloved tradition of egg hunting has no association with the religious history of the Easter holiday. According to the History Channel, the Easter Bunny legend started long ago in Germany with an egg-laying hare named “Osterhase.” German children made nests and left them outside for the hare to lay her eggs in. Easter Egg Hunting began in America when German immigrants brought their Osterhase tradition to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. The festivity soon spread across the nation, and baskets replaced nests. Eventually, the game evolved into a treasure hunt, and the prizes expanded from just hard-boiled eggs to include chocolate, candy, toys and coins. So there you have it!

From all of us at Bekins, we wish you a very Blessed and Happy Easter!