West Michigan International makes donation to local charities


West Michigan International, K&R Truck Sales and Idealease of West Michigan recently promoted a parts sales campaign to raise money for Lori’s Voice and Hand2Hand during the months of May and June this year. They donated 10 percent of their profits to these two organizations. The annual campaign raised $12,500 for a total donation. Lori’s Voice and Hand2Hand each received $6,250.

Every year, the companies hold this special parts campaign and many customers, suppliers, and employees get involved to help raise money for the selected charities. There are a different group of charities selected each year and many are suggested by employees. This year there were six suppliers that had a share in the campaign: Bendix, Cummins Filtration, Delco, Hendrickson, International/Fleetrite, and Shell.

“Every year, we look forward to our special promotion period. It is a good reminder about the importance of giving back to the community. We feel grateful to be able to have a share in giving back,” says Ed Rietman, dealer principal, West Michigan International/ K&R Truck Sales/Idealease of West Michigan. “We want to thank our customers, employees and supplier partners that support this annual charity campaign,” said Ed Rietman.

“I am very grateful to West Michigan International, K&R Truck Sales and Idealease of West Michigan for their generous contribution to Lori’s Voice”, says Lori Hastings, president of Lori’s Voice. “Over the past year and a half our fundraising has been halted due to Covid 19. The support we receive from folks like you and your employees, restores our hope in humanity and allows us to continue our mission assisting special needs children. On behalf of the children, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

“Hand2Hand is honored to partner with West Michigan International, K&R, and Idealease as we seek to eliminate child weekend hunger in West Michigan. Together, we can ensure every student, ages 3-18 in West Michigan have access to weekend food. Hand2Hand puts weekend food into the hands of over 8,000 in 233 schools in West Michigan because of generous donations like this and thousands of volunteers who link arms for kids! We are so grateful for West Michigan International, K&R, and Idealease's compassion for kids in our community,” says Cheri Honderd, founder and executive director, Hand2Hand.

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