Lace Up with Love INC
by RaeAnne Stees
I became involved with Love INC a few months ago after returning home from a medical mission trip to Peru. I was so impacted by the outreach being done in Peru and how people were willing to give their lives to tell people about Jesus in the middle of the jungle. I came home knowing that I had to do more. I began looking for local outreach that I could become involved in and found Love In The Name of Christ. I currently volunteer weekly at the Parsonage Ministry, and I recently volunteered to be the coordinator between Love INC and Hershey Free Church.
Love INC is an organization whose mission is to mobilize the church to transform lives and the community in the name of Christ. They provide supplemental support and build relationships with neighbors who are in need. In addition to support, Love INC has other various ministries, such as the Bicycle Ministry, the Personal Care Closet, and the Parsonage Ministry. Over the past two years, Love INC has organized the Lace up with Love INC sneaker drive and distribution, providing new sneakers for school age children in Derry Township and the Lower Dauphin School District. Due to the abundance of positive feedback from volunteers, donors, and recipients of this outreach, the event is returning for a third year.
We are inviting volunteers to participate in the Lace up with Love INC sneaker drive either through donating or helping to distribute sneakers. Hershey Free will be collecting sneakers throughout the month of July. Needed donation items are new athletic sneakers for boys (size boys’ 12 through men’s 15) and girls (size girls’ 12 through women’s 11). Our goal is to collect 150 pairs of sneakers. New socks, both low-cut and mid-calf, are also needed. The shoes and socks can be dropped off at the sneaker displays in the orange lobby and in the green hallway outside of the library.
Sneaker distribution will be Thursday, August 11 through Saturday, August 13, by appointment only. If you are interested in helping to distribute the sneakers, you can sign up to volunteer on the Love INC website.