Christmas Blessings – Volunteer Opportunities

Love INC is partnering with St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Mt. Olivet Lutheran West Church, and Westwood Community Church to pack and bring complete Christmas dinner baskets to local families in need. For just $40, we can provide a family with enough food to prepare a nice Christmas dinner for 8 people – meat, fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, and more!
Volunteers are needed to help pack at each church on Saturday, December 16th during the morning. For more information or to register, please click on the church where you’d like to volunteer.

 

Donate food for the baskets
We will be collecting food for the baskets through Wednesday, December 14th at the following locations:
  • Love INC office – 1600 Bavaria Road, Chaska (M – F, 9 am – 2:30 pm)
  • FurniShare – 7890 Market Square Blvd, Chanhassen (W & F, 10 am – 4 pm / Th 10 am – 7 pm / Saturday, 9 am – noon)
  • Lake Life Chiropractic – 2940 N. Chesnut Blvd, Chaska (Please call (612) 562-8384 to confirm hours.)

These non-perishable items may be donated anytime between now and December 14th:

  • Canned vegetables and fruits
  • Boxed pudding or Jello
  • Canned beans (for our Latino and Hispanic families)
  • Bags of rice (for our Latino and Hispanic families)

The following perishable items may be donated the week of December 11th:

  • 3# – 5# bags of potatoes
  • Loaves of bread (any variety)
  • Bags of apples or nectarines/Halos/Cuties
Unable to volunteer but still want to help?
Please consider making a financial gift to Love INC in support of the Christmas Food Packs. This year, Love INC will distribute 150 Christmas baskets at a cost of more than $6000. Donate online by clicking HERE  or text “Table” to 41444 on your cell phone to make a $40 donation to help us offset the expense of this valuable ministry that brings hope to our neighbors this Christmas season.

The Annual Wobble Before You Gobble Workout

Come get sweaty before you get stuffed!

Join the Chaska Community Center to Wobble Before You Gobble on November 18th! Burn off the bird before you go eat the bird!

The CCC and Love INC are partnering to feed local families in need this Thanksgiving.

 

 

WHO: Open to everyone in the community!

WHEN:  9—9:45 am, Saturday, November 18

WHERE: Chaska Community Center, Upper Gym

COST: FREE with the donation of a frozen turkey. Unable to bring a turkey? Make a cash donation or write a check payable to Love INC.

WHY: To give back to our community!

WHAT TO BRING: Your frozen turkey or monetary donation, gloves if you are going to workout with your turkey (we don’t want any frosty fingers!), your smile, enthusiasm, a water bottle, AND your friends and family!

 

 

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! 

Metal Bed Frames Needed for our FurniShare Ministry

The FurniShare Ministry of Love INC is in desperate need of metal bed frames – ALL sizes! Frames can be dropped off at FurniShare (7890 Market Blvd, Chanhassen) on Wed/Thur/Fri from 10 – 4 or on Saturdays from 9 – noon.
Don’t have a bed frame but still want to help? Make a donation that will allow us to purchase needed bed frames.  Text BEDFRAME to 41444 to donate on your mobile device or donate online. Metal bed frames typically cost $40 – $60.

Help with our Christmas Basket Assembly and Delivery on December 17th!

christmas-blessingsGifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” ~ Peg Bracken

 

Christmas blessings can be yours as you share with others this holiday season!

Volunteer Sign-Up is now open!!

 

Love INC is partnering with three local churches to pack and bring complete Christmas dinner baskets to local families in need. For just $40, we can provide a family with enough food to prepare a nice Christmas dinner for 8 people – meat, fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, pie, and more!

There are two ways you can help:

  • Sponsor one or more Christmas dinners at $40 each.
    • Text the word “table” to 41444 to donate using your mobile phone.
    • Mail a check with the word “table” on the memo line to Love INC, 1600 Bavaria Road, Chaska, MN 55318.
  • Help pack and deliver Christmas food baskets on Saturday, December 17th.
  • Donate food to the baskets by dropping it off at the Love INC office.
    • The Love INC office (1600 Bavaria Road, Chaska) will be accepting food donations Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. through Wednesday, December 14.
    • The following food items are suggested for donation:
      • Bag of clementines
      • Bag of apples, any variety
      • 5 pound bag of potatoes
      • Loaf of bread, any variety
      • Canned fruit, any variety
      • Canned beans, any variety
      • Boxed rice
      • Boxed pudding and/or jello mix, any flavor