Thanksgiving Basket Assembly and Delivery

On Saturday, November 17th, West Union Lutheran Church will partner with Love INC to provide Thanksgiving food baskets to 150 families in need within our local community. Volunteers are welcome to help with the assembly and delivery process. We encourage couples, families, church groups, youth groups, and anyone else who would like to spend a few hours bringing joy to a family on a Saturday morning!

Help Us Share the Warmth!


Love INC is working with local churches, organizations, and families to collect new or gently used winter wear items, all sizes and ages (infant to adult), to support the Winter Wear Ministry from now until November 10th.

The following items are being requested:

  • Winter coats (please no spring jackets or hooded sweatshirts)
  • Heavy winter gloves and mittens (please no stretchy non-waterproof gloves as these do not keep hands warm or dry)
  • Snow pants
  • Snow boots/winter boots
  • Toboggan hats
  • Scarves

We would ask that you attach hoods to coats, zip liners in them, and make sure to empty pockets before donating items. We would also ask that you ensure that zippers and buttons function and the items are clean.

Donations may be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Love INC office (1600 Bavaria Road, Chaska) – Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9 am – 2 pm
  • FurniShare (7890 Market Boulevard, Chanhassen) – Wednesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm; Saturday 9 am-noon
  • Discovery United Methodist Church (275 Lake Drive E., Chanhassen) –  Monday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm

Winter wear will be made available to Love INC clients throughout the winter season.

 

Registration is NOW OPEN for Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Baskets!

We are pleased to announce that registrations are now open for our Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets. Space is limited and baskets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to CLIENTS ONLY living within Carver, Chaska, Chanhassen or Victoria.

Please read the following information closely to make sure you qualify and are available on the delivery dates.
THANKSGIVING BASKETS:
  • This event is hosted by West Union Lutheran Church.
  • Deliveries will be made on Saturday, November 17th.
  • An adult MUST be home to receive the delivery between 11 am – 2 pm on November 17th.
  • Perishable foods will be delivered and we will NOT be leaving them on doorsteps or making alternate arrangements for pickup. If you are not home, you WILL NOT receive your basket and we will not hold it for you.
CHRISTMAS BASKETS:
  • This event is hosted by St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Westwood Community Church, and Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church.
  • Deliveries will be made on Saturday, December 15th.
  • An adult MUST be home to receive the delivery between 10 am – 1 pm on December 15th.
  • Perishable foods will be delivered and we will NOT be leaving them on doorsteps or making alternate arrangements for pickup. If you are not home, you WILL NOT receive your basket and we will not hold it for you.
If you are available the two dates listed above and are a CURRENT Love INC client residing within Carver, Chaska, Chanhassen, or Victoria, please click below to register for Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas baskets if you would like to receive them.
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Looking to volunteer to help assemble and deliver baskets? Sign-ups are now open for volunteers for Thanksgiving. Click HERE for more information.

Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities

2018 Thanksgiving Basket Assembly and Delivery Help Needed                                                         

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, November 17th to help Love INC and West Union Lutheran Church deliver Thanksgiving Baskets to local clients in the Eastern Carver County area.

Volunteers may be couples, families, friends, youth groups…anybody who wants to spend a few hours on a Saturday to help spread God’s message of love. Volunteers should report to the gymnasium at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chaska at 10 a.m. to help assemble food baskets using food donations received from the community. Each volunteer group / family will be assigned 2-3 families (located within the Eastern Carver County area) to whom they will deliver food baskets, spend a little time with each family, and share a prayer with them.

We anticipate this event will take 2-3 hours total, including basket preparation and delivery time.

We hope you will join us!

Back Pack Give Back – Back Pack and School Supply Distribution

Discovery United Methodist Church (275 Lake Drive East, Chanhassen), a partner church of Love INC of Eastern Carver County, is hosting and coordinating the distribution of school supplies and backpacks to families in need in Eastern Carver County in August. Your help is needed!

This year, they will be distributing 500+ backpacks, so we need your help to fill them with school supplies! Donated supplies should be dropped off at Discovery United Methodist Church in Chanhassen by August 13th.

Donations of school supplies needed

Will you help a child start the school year with confidence that they have the supplies they need for learning?

Click HERE to sign up to donate school supplies to our Back Pack Give Back!

Volunteers needed to assist with distribution

Volunteers are needed on the following dates to assist with distribution of backpacks:

  • Friday, August 24, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm – 25 volunteers needed to assist with set-up, help students select a backpack, serve a meal, and clean-up after the event
  • Saturday, August 25, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm – 20 volunteers needed to assist with set-up, help students select a backpack, serve a meal, and clean-up after the event

Click HERE to Volunteer

Back Pack Give Back – Backpack and School Supply Distribution

Discovery United Methodist Church (275 Lake Drive East, Chanhassen), a partner church of Love INC of Eastern Carver County, is hosting and coordinating the distribution of school supplies and backpacks to families in need in Eastern Carver County in August. Your help is needed!

This year, they will be distributing 500+ backpacks, so we need your help to fill them with school supplies! Donated supplies should be dropped off at Discovery United Methodist Church in Chanhassen by August 13th.

Donations of school supplies needed

Will you help a child start the school year with confidence that they have the supplies they need for learning?

Click HERE to sign up to donate school supplies to our Back Pack Give Back!

Volunteers needed to assist with distribution

Volunteers are needed on the following dates to assist with distribution of backpacks:

  • Friday, August 24, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm – 25 volunteers needed to assist with set-up, help students select a backpack, serve a meal, and clean-up after the event
  • Saturday, August 25, 10;30 am – 2:30 pm – 20 volunteers needed to assist with set-up, help students select a backpack, serve a meal, and clean-up after the event

Click HERE to Volunteer

Back-Pack Give Back: Donations and Volunteers Needed!

Discovery United Methodist Church (275 Lake Drive East, Chanhassen), a partner church of Love INC of Eastern Carver County, is hosting and coordinating the distribution of school supplies and backpacks to families in need in Eastern Carver County in August. Your help is needed!

This year, they will be distributing 500+ backpacks, so we need your help to fill them with school supplies! Donated supplies should be dropped off at Discovery United Methodist Church in Chanhassen by August 13th.

Donations of school supplies needed

Will you help a child start the school year with confidence that they have the supplies they need for learning?

Click HERE to sign up to donate school supplies to our Back Pack Give Back!

Volunteers needed to assist with distribution

Volunteers are needed on the following dates to assist with distribution of backpacks:

  • Friday, August 24, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm – 25 volunteers needed to assist with set-up, help students select a backpack, serve a meal, and clean-up after the event
  • Saturday, August 25, 10;30 am – 2:30 pm – 20 volunteers needed to assist with set-up, help students select a backpack, serve a meal, and clean-up after the event

Click HERE to Volunteer

 

Bike Distribution

Love INC, in partnership with Church on the Hill and A Better Society, will host a bike give-away event for clients who have pre-registered. Bike helmets, locks, and training wheels will be available, as well.

 

Here are some ways you can help:

  • If you have gently-used adult or child sized bikes that you are no longer using, please donate them to Project Life-Cycle, a subsidiary of A Better Society. Bikes can be donated on Tuesday evenings, 6-9 pm, at 1453 Park Road in Chanhassen, or you can leave them behind their building anytime. To reach Project Life Cycle, call 612-567-1005.
  • If you know how to repair bikes or would like to learn, please consider volunteering at Project Life-Cycle on Tuesday evenings. Their bike repair crew is always looking for new recruits! Call 612-567-1005 for more information about volunteering.
  • Love INC purchases new helmets and bike locks for the clients receiving bikes. If you’d like to make a donation to our Bike Ministry, please click here and make sure to indicate you are supporting the Bike Ministry in the notes section.

River City Days Pancake Breakfast

On Sunday, July 29, 2018, Chaska’s River City Days will be hosting a free-will offering pancake breakfast benefiting Love INC. Chef Bob DeMaris and his family will be preparing and providing pancakes, sausage, fresh blueberry and strawberry toppings, butter, syrup, whipped topping, coffee, and orange juice. And for the first time ever, the breakfast will include LIVE music provided by The Bury Brothers, a local group who is excited to perform in their hometown. We hope you will join us to eat, volunteer, or do BOTH!

  • When: Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm for breakfast (8:30 am – 1:00 pm for volunteers)
  • Where: Chaska City Square Park (located in historic downtown Chaska with the gazebo)

Interested in volunteering for the pancake breakfast? We need 6-7 volunteers to help each shift; duties include operating the cash register, serving food, and helping to bus tables. Click here to learn more and to sign up as a volunteer.

Donations to help offset the purchase of the food and the live entertainment are welcomed! Feel free to donate online by clicking here (please make sure to note it’s for River City Days Pancake Breakfast) or mail a check to the Love INC office at 1600 Bavaria Road, Chaska, MN 55318, and write “River City Days” on the memo line.

Christmas Food Basket Packing & Delivery

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 in the morning. For more information or to register, please click on the church where you’d like to volunteer.
Mt. Olivet Lutheran West Church – Chanhassen – Please check the church website for details and registration.
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.   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 or donate online by clicking HERE .