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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 hungry children

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

VISBEEN ARCHITECTS ENLISTS BEKINS & CLASSIC STEREO

Visbeen Architects Alley Party

Visbeen Architects hosted guests at their Design Home Thursday night.  The event raised money for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

The Design Home acts as Wayne and Angela Visbeen’s living space, work space, but also their showroom. They designed the space to wow potential customers.

With that in mind, they hired Bekins and Classic Stereo to furnish appliances and electronics in the home.

ELECTRONICS AND APPLIANCES FOR VISBEEN ARCHITECTS

The electronics in the home feature hidden installation and built-in speakers. Since we installed them during the construction phase, the speakers are flush to the ceiling.

Each room can listen to its own music or the whole home can play the same audio.

The Design Home also features Seura Vanishing Entertainment flat screen televisions. Turn the TV off and it transforms into a mirror.

The kitchen features appliances from Bekins, including a pair of built-in Gaggenau refrigerators. The refrigerators feature the same finish as the cabinetry in the rest of the kitchen, which makes them discreet and blend in with the rest of the room.

Visbeen Architects Vanishing Entertainment TV Mirror
An example of a vanishing entertainment television mirror from Seura. The left show the TV when it's "on." On the right, it becomes a mirror when the TV is "off."

ALLEY PARTY FOR A CAUSE

Attendees bought tickets to the event and items during an auction. Visbeen Architects and Grand Rapids Magazine donated those proceeds to the Helen DeVos Children Hospital. To learn more about the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation and how to donate, click here.

APPLIANCE EDUCATION: BEKINS HOSTS NKBA EVENT

Appliance Education NKBA Event 2

We challenge you to find a person who knows more about appliances than Scott Bekins. Bekins hosted the West Michigan chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) in Grand Rapids Wednesday night. Scott Bekins provided appliance education and discussed how the industry has changed.

A big thank you goes out to Wolf, Hestan and DCS who each sent representatives to grill food for the event. An expert from Whirlpool’s WLabs answered questions about its new Vessi Fermentor & Dispenser. Paradigm filled our concourse with music from their outdoor speakers.

DCS and Big Green Egg also donated gifts for our attendees.

It was an honor to meet so many local experts in the kitchen and bath industry.

A slideshow below includes photos from the event.

Classic Stereo joins the Bekins family!

At Bekins, we’ve been keeping a secret for many months. Over the past year, we’ve been quietly preparing to open a new Grand Rapids store, focusing exclusively on electronics, audio, video and integration. At last, the time has come for our big reveal:

Bekins is re-launching Classic Stereo! Beloved by West Michiganders throughout the 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s, Classic Stereo has long been known as Grand Rapids’ go-to retailer for awesome audio and video equipment, and for expert advice. Although Classic Stereo fell victim to the recession and closed its doors in 2008, the retailer’s name has lingered.

Today, we’re proud to announce that Classic Stereo is officially joining the Bekins retail family. As Michigan’s #1 Electronics Integrator (according to CEPro), we have the CEDIA-certified expertise and muscle to back the high caliber catalog of A/V equipment Classic Stereo has been known for. Several of the old Classic Stereo’s experts have joined the new Classic Stereo team as Electronics Experts, including John Higgs and Bill Price. The store will be located right next to our Grand Rapids Bekins showroom at 6275 28th Street SE.

Along with the great brands and expert advice Classic Stereo fans expect, our rebooted Classic Stereo will offer virtually limitless integration and installation capabilities. Thanks to recent innovations in the industry, the new Classic Stereo will also be a resource for hi-fi lovers to discover the new, cutting-edge world of hi-resolution audio.

Read our official news release, and take a look at how our construction has progressed over the last several months. The store is slated to officially open its doors at the end of October.

Want to find out about key launch dates and events? Sign up for updates at classicstereo.us. From here, you can also request to schedule an on-site or in-home private consultation.

 

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June 18th

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June 26th

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July 22nd

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August 17th

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September…coming soon!