Mobilizing local churches to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ

Love INC of the Heart of Florida

Christmas Blessings 2013

Christmas Blessings 2014

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The How
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The What
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The Why

transforming lives

Here at Love INC we know that only God can transform lives. We want to be a vessel for Him to reach many in our community. In order to do that we need to mobilize the local churches to love, to pray and to be His hands and feet on December 19th, 21st & January 2nd.  
meeting the need
For the past 5 years Love INC has teamed up with local churches to meet the need through Christmas Blessings: a Christ-centered, family, fun event where families get to provide Christmas for their family as part of their own budget.  

The need

Each year hundreds of families struggle to provide Christmas under the tree, many times at the sacrifice of their everyday bills, causing them added financial burden and stress. Here at Love INC we want to explore ways to educate our community while meeting legitimate, tangible needs.

cash contributions

FOR THE EVENT
Saturday, December 9, 2017    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Oxford Assembly of God Church Campus
​12114 North Highway 301 Oxford FL 34484
(352) 245-8774 (Love INC)

Christmas Blessings 2017

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FOR A CHILD

​An event that will take place on the campus of Oxford Assembly of God off highway 301.


Our volunteers will meet the needs of more than 100 families while sharing the love of Christ.


To participate:  Clients must call the Love INC Clearinghouse for an intake (interview), during which a volunteer will take the time to hear their story.  Once the intake is complete volunteers will verify the need with a friend or family member, someone who knows about the family's need situation (the contact information for verification is provided to Love INC by the client).  Once verified the client's family will then be added to the Christmas Blessings Program.


Once added to Christmas Blessings the parent/caregiver will have the opportunity to tell us 3 things their child wants for Christmas.  


The client is then given the information for the December 9th event.  Participating clients will go to the Pay Station during the event and pay $5 for $50 of shopping or $10 for $100 of shopping.  They will get the chance to sign up for the time and location for when they want to shop.


(you may be asking, "why $5 or $10?".  The answer is simple.  In 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013 we did not ask participants to have any monetary commitment or contribution.  We had up to 50% no-show rate one year and 20-30% every other year.  In 2014 participants contributed $10 towards the $110 in shopping {leveraging their dollars} and we had less than 1% no-show rate and much happier, fulfilled experiences.)


Participants get to choose how their money is spent by the location they choose.  This year they get to choose the gifts they give at one of three local stores - Kohl's, Walmart, or Target. It is their choice to spend it all on toys, all on clothing, all on a bike, or divide it up any way they wish.  


One of our goals is to help the families feel confident and proud knowing that they have God given dignity and gifts that are just right.  Another is to share the love of Jesus with each family through prayer and conversation.  One on one shopping and getting to know the families we are serving is so important.  Spending time talking to them about their potential, in Christ, and how they were made in His image is just the beginning.


Christmas Blessings is the tool...Love INC is the bridge to you...The Church- The true Body of Christ. ​

​As you may have read already to the left...It takes many hands and feet to minister to the families participating in Christmas Blessings.  


To give you an idea of the day...

Families arrive at Oxford Assembly of God at 9:00 am to a Christmas program.  Then the children head to craft time and the parents go to a meeting.


Parent Go One Way...

The parents will attend a meeting where they will sign up at a pay station for a time to shop for Christmas gifts for their children.  The shopping will take place at Walmart, Kohls, and Target throughout the following week.  The parents will get the details they need at this meeting for the shopping the next week.

Kids Go Another...
Kids get to experience the wonderful love of Jesus through making a Christmas gift for their parents.  Eight children will be paired with a group of adults to make a craft which will be their gift to their parents.


At the end parents and kids meet back up in the courtyard.  


There is a way for each of us to contribute to Christmas Blessings this year whether you are with a large group, small group, a couple, or an individual.  There are opportunities at the event and ahead of time.  We value the connectedness of each and every Christian volunteer at Love INC.   


We need volunteers who will do a craft with a group of children at the December 9th event. 


We also need volunteers who will shop with the families at Kohl's, Target, and Walmart.  The dates and the times for shopping are below.  


Kohl's or Target, The Villages

  • Monday, 12/11 1pm-2:30pm or 2:30pm-4pm


​Walmart, Oxford or Summerfield

  • Tuesday, 12/12 9am-10:30am, or 10:30am-12pm
  • Thursday, 12/14 4pm-5:30pm or 5:30pm-7pm


Click here to sign up to volunteer or call 352.245.8774.  Please specify the date and time you want to volunteer.

Each year we rely on great donors, like you!

Whether through time, talent, treasure, or monetary donation we need you to meet the needs of the families through Love INC.

Contribution Opportunities this year:
  • Host a “gift tag” tree at your church or      business.
  • ​Give a child Christmas by donated a gift card to Target, Kohl's or Walmart.  Please bring all gift cards to Love INC by December 11th.