Holland Storage Systems Volunteers Hand to Hand

Hand2Hand Ministries hosted its first corporate volunteer group this week.

Holland Sentinel©

Sixteen team members from Integrated Fabric Resources and Holland Storage Systems LLC worked together Tuesday, March 14, for three hours, filling 2,250 snack bags for West Michigan children.

Hand2Hand Ministries works with area churches to provide snack bags for children at local schools to take home so they don’t have to worry about food on the weekends. The nonprofit’s leaders hope to have more businesses send volunteer groups in the future.

“Our third corporate value is ‘Make a difference in people’s lives,’” said Doug Buma, president at Holland Storage Systems, in a news release. “It was shocking to our entire team to know that there are literally thousands of children who go home on weekends to families with very little food in Ottawa County….”

Buma heard about the program through a contact at Christ Memorial Church, which is where the group assembled the food bags Tuesday.

“ The IFR team was able to have fun, experience some competition, but most importantly, assemble snack packs for over 2,300 kids as part of their weekly Friday food backpack program through Hand2Hand,” Buma said. “We’re delighted that we could do this small thing to make a difference in some kids lives in our community this week.”

Hand2Hand serves children at 111 schools in West Michigan. Locally, they serve eight schools in the Holland Public Schools district, three in the Hamilton Community Schools district, five in the West Ottawa Public Schools district, 10 in the Zeeland Public Schools district, as well as two Holland charter schools and Escape Ministries.

A volunteer group from Holland Storage Systems LLC assembles food bags with Hand2Hand Ministries Tuesday, March 14 at Christ Memorial Church.