Shopping with "Love" for Back-to-School

By Rachel Martin

August 1, 2011 Updated Aug 1, 2011 at 7:10 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC), a religious-based social service facility in Huntington, started their annual Back-to-School Shopping Event Monday that provides clothes and school supplies for families in need.

In the past, the back-to-school program was only one day. Families were allowed to go through tables of clothes and only leave with a certain number of items. But this year, Love INC decided to extend the event over 10 days, and families had to register to shop.

Also new this year, is a thrift store called, “Covered With Love,” inside of Love INC’s headquarters. People can shop there for gently used clothing items at virtually no cost. The store runs solely on volunteers and donations. Carolyn Rogers, store operator, said with the economy and job cuts, there is a need for a place like this in Huntington.

“This is a place that they can come, and they can get the clothes for the children that they need, the things that the children need, and still be able to pay their electric bill…It's not for any money-making thing, it's just to help people that need help.”

Rogers said that normally the store is open to the public and that people can make a donation or use a voucher in exchange for items. But for the Back-to-School shopping event, the store is only open to those people who registered.

Sherry Shively, Huntington, has been coming to Love INC for services for many years. She said she does not know what she would do without them.

“I come here every year for back to school. It's kind of hard for me being on a fixed income being able to afford back-to-school clothes. So, luckily I can come to Love [INC].”

Fran Pedersen, Huntington, agreed with Shively and said she is “so thankful” for Love INC.

“It’s wonderful what they’re doing. I have grandkids, and without this jumpstart they’d have nothing.”

Love INC’s Back-to-School shopping program is going on now through August 10 from 1-7 P.M. You must register to shop at “Covered with Love.”

Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC)
715 Byron Street
Huntington, IN 46750
(260) 356-0933

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