Our Towel Ministry Needs Bath and Kitchen Towels

CAN YOU HELP? Our Towel Ministry, hosted by East Union Lutheran Church, is in DESPERATE need of bath and kitchen towels.

The following donations are requested:

  • New bath towel sets (bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth) – preferably neutral colors (gray or tan)
  • Flour sack dish towels
  • Gently used bath towel sets (bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth) – any color

If you are able to donate to this ministry, please drop donations off at the Love INC office, Monday/Wednesday/Friday between 9 am – 2 pm, or call East Union Lutheran Church at (952) 448-3450.

Book your photography mini sessions AND support Love INC!

We are delighted to have partnered with FourFold Studios to bring you a unique opportunity to have a summer picnic mini photography session with your family, while also benefiting Love INC. FourFold Studios will donate the $25 sitting fee to Love INC for every photography session booked through this offer.

Click HERE to book your mini session. Use code CANVAS10 for this special offer. Code expires June 10th at midnight, so don’t delay!

Sign-up now open for 2018 Backpack & School Supplies Distribution!

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for our Backpack & School Supply Distribution is now open! Once again, Love INC has partnered with Discovery United Methodist Church to make backpacks and school supplies available to any family in need within District 112 school boundaries.

Applicants MUST LIVE WITHIN THE EASTERN CARVER COUNTY (District 112) SCHOOL BOUNDARIES (Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska, or Victoria), but do not have to attend a school within District 112.

Backpacks and school supplies will be available for pick-up on the following dates:
* Friday, August 24th, 6-8 PM
* Saturday, August 25th, 11 AM – 2 PM

Pick-up will be held at Discovery United Methodist Church, located at 275 Lake Drive E., Chanhassen, MN 55317.

NOTE: We have changed the format of the pick-up this year. Upon arriving to pick up your backpack and supplies, your child will be assigned a “personal shopper” who will assist them in picking out their backpack and school supplies. This may take a few minutes longer than previous years, but we believe the children will enjoy having more participation in picking out their items.

Click HERE to register your children today.

 

If you are interested in donating school supplies for our backpack giveaway, please click here.

Love INC ECC chosen to receive funds from Chaska Rotary Gala

Love in the Name of Christ of Eastern Carver County is honored to have been chosen to share in the fundraising proceeds from the Chaska Rotary’s 2018 Spring Gala. Love INC will receive $5,000 to be utilized to revive the Car Repair Ministry, a ministry partnership with Westwood Community Church to provide car repairs to neighbors in need.

The 2018 gala, which is open to the public (we’d love to have you join the celebration!), is scheduled for 6 pm on Saturday, April 21, at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Tickets for the circus-themed dinner event, which will include an auction and dancing, are $100 per person and may be purchased at www.rotaryclubofchaska.org or by calling Rick Ness at 612-730-9999.

Give Your Furniture New Life!

Every day, Carver County residents throw away gently used home furnishings that have the potential to change a family’s life! Please consider donating your gently used home furnishings to our FurniShare ministry. The following items are currently on our “most needed” list:

  • Twin mattresses and box springs
  • Twin metal bed frames
  • Nightstands
  • Coffee tables and end tables
  • Countertop microwaves

Donations must be clean and in good condition. Please call FurniShare at (952) 974-7829 to make arrangements to have your items picked up (a $25 fee does apply to cover fuel costs) or drop them off during normal business hours. (FurniShare, 7890 Market Boulevard, Chanhassen).

 

URGENT NEED – Twin Mattresses

 

Imagine not having a bed for your child to sleep in…without a proper night’s sleep, it’s hard for children to concentrate, making success at school difficult. Twin mattresses, box springs, and metal bed frames are one of the most common furniture requests we receive. But right now, we have a critical shortage. We have ZERO twin mattresses currently. That’s right – ZERO. Not being able to provide a child a place to rest her head breaks our heart. If you have a twin mattress you are no longer using, please consider donating it to FurniShare.

Mattresses in gently used condition (clean, no rips or tears, from a pet-free, smoke-free home) may be dropped off at our FurniShare location (7890 Market Boulevard, Chanhassen) anytime Wednesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm, or Saturday 9 am – noon.

“Let him sleep, for when he wakes, he will move mountains.”

Holiday Hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In observance of holidays, the Love INC Office and Help Line will be closed on the following dates:

  • Thursday, November 23rd
  • Friday, November 24th
  • Monday, December 25th
  • Tuesday, December 26th
  • Monday, January 1st

FurniShare will have the following holiday hours:

  • Wednesday, November 22nd – 10 am – 4 pm
  • Thursday, November 23rd – CLOSED
  • Friday, November 24th – 10 am – 4 pm
  • Monday, December 25th – CLOSED
  • Monday, January 1st – CLOSED

Give to the Max Day 2017

With your support this Give to the Max Day, we can make the Christmas season a little brighter for Carver county families in need!
You can help us fill a table with holiday food! This Christmas season, Love INC will provide 150 families in need with a holiday basket filled with nutritious, healthy fresh and frozen foods. By making a donation on Give to the Max Day, your gift will help us ensure one less family spends this Christmas with empty plates and empty stomachs.
Each year, generous supporters like you celebrate Give to the Max Day by making your online donation on GiveMN.org. Your generosity on this day makes a difference far beyond the 24-hour giving event!
Please join us on November 16, 2017, for Give to the Max Day and help us continue to transform lives and our community in the name of Christ. Our goal is to raise $6,000 to help fund our Christmas food baskets this year, and you can help us reach it! Be sure to mark your calendar and make your gift on November 16 by visiting GiveMN.org and scheduling your donation.

Help Us “Coat” the Community with Love!

Love INC is working with local churches, organizations, and families to collect clean, new or gently used coats, gloves, hats, scarves, snow pants and boots, and dollars to support the coat drive program from now until October 22nd at various locations around Eastern Carver County. Infant, toddler, youth, men’s and women’s coats are accepted. The process is simple: drop off your extra coat(s) and winter wear and Love INC takes care of the rest! All donated coats will be given to local children and adults in need. If you do not have a coat to donate, you can help provide a warmer winter by texting “WARMCOAT” to 41444 to donate $10 or more to Love INC, or by clicking here. Our goal is to collect 1000 coats and $500 during our coat drive.

Please donate NEW or GENTLY USED CLEAN coats, hats, snow pants, scarves, gloves / mittens, and boots. Men’s, women’s, children’s and infant sizes are needed. 

Donations may be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Love INC office (1600 Bavaria Road, Chaska) – Monday – Friday, 9 am – 2 pm
  • FurniShare (7890 Market Boulevard, Chanhassen) – Wednesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm; Saturday 9 am – noon
  • Blessed Bee Thrift Store (2450 Chaska Blvd, Chaska) – Tuesday – Wednesday, 10 am – 5 pm; Thursday – Friday, 12 pm – 5 pm;                     Saturday 9 am – 12 pm
  • Chaska Community Center (1661 Park Ridge Dr., Chaska) – Monday – Saturday, 5 am – 10 pm; Sunday 8 am – 9 pm
  • Chaska Moravian Church (115 4th St. E, Chaska) – Monday – Friday, 9 am – 2 pm
  • Discovery United Methodist Church (275 Lake Drive E., Chanhassen) –  MondayWednesday & Thursday 9 am – 3 pm
  • Family of Christ Lutheran Church (2020 Coulter Blvd, Chanhassen) – please call (952) 934-5659 for office hours
  • Guardian Angels Catholic Church (215 W. 2nd St., Chaska) – please call (952) 227-4000 to ensure office is open
  • Living Christ Lutheran Church (820 Lake Dr., Chanhassen) – please call (952) 934-5110 for office hours
  • Saint John’s Lutheran Church (300 4th St. E., Chaska) – please call (952) 448-2433 for office hours
  • Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church (145 Engler Boulevard, Chaska) – please call (952) 448-3822 to ensure office is open
  • Valley Evangelical Free Church (150 Engler Boulevard, Chaska) – Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 8:30 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Westwood Community Church (3121 Westwood Drive, Excelsior) – please call (952) 224-7300 to ensure office is open

Additional drop-off locations are being added, so check back frequently if you don’t see a location near you!

NEED A COAT?

Winter coats will be distributed to individuals and families in need on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in downtown Chaska. Individuals and families living in eastern Carver County (Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska and Victoria) should register for coats by clicking HERE or by calling (952) 448-3261. Families and individuals who have registered will be able to pick up their coats from 9 am until 11 am on November 4th. From 11 am – 12 pm, coats will be available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

VOLUNTEER

Volunteers are needed to help with the set-up of the coat drive on Friday, November 3rd. Volunteers are also needed to help man the coat drive on Saturday.  Click HERE to learn more and to sign up to help! 

Let Your Voice Be Heard! Take the Love INC Strategic Planning Survey.

…What would you have us do?

After celebrating 10 years of serving our community, Love in the Name of Christ of Eastern Carver County is now looking to the future, in partnership with you, as to how we can continue to show unconditional love and support to those in need around us.

The mission of Love INC of Eastern Carver County is to mobilize the church to transform lives and our community in the name of Christ. We partner with more than 25 local churches to support and empower their volunteers to meet the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of our neighbors in need.

Love INC is actively engaged in developing our strategy for the future. We know that the best things are accomplished when a committee community comes together, putting those who are hurting and in need, at the forefront. We recognize that to build a robust and meaningful strategy, we need our community to weigh-in, and give us your guidance.

So, we humbly ask for your valuable input into what we focus on, how we serve, and who we become, in order to be that beacon in the community where our brothers and sisters always know they can come for help.

On behalf of our gracious Board of Directors, we thank you in advance, and I leave you with the following comment from a person served by Love INC and its partner churches:

“Although you may not hear it as often as you should, you’re appreciated so much. I wish I had a new way to say thank you, a way that would really express how much your kindness has meant to me. You have a way of touching lives, of making days a little brighter, hearts a little happier, and problems seem a whole lot smaller.”

To complete the survey, please click HERE.