Lovepacs began 3 1/2 years ago. If you ask some of the founders, the fact that over 1000 kids received Lovepacs this spring break, would not be a surprise. We’ve had some big-picture thinkers on our team from the start.
Almost from the beginning, we had conversations about filing for our 501(c)3–a document that would make us a legitimate non-profit organization in the eyes of the government and enable contributors to write-off their donations. We started the process 2 years ago and thankfully, you, in the community, rallied behind that cause and donated directly for that purpose. When we filed in September of 2012, we believed it would be a 3-4 month process and in January, we would be “official.” Much to our dismay, it didn’t happen that quickly.
As we prayed and talked about why it was taking so long, the thing that kept coming up was that Lovepacs was a grassroots organization. While being able to obtain corporate sponsorship would be great, we didn’t want to lose the neighborhood concept. Lovepacs was/is a group of people who live and work in their community and have a desire to see that every kid in their neighborhood has enough food to eat. It’s a true depiction of the quote, “It takes a village…”
As we explore the opportunities that the 501(c)3 gives us, our prayer is that we continue acting as a grassroots organization. That neighbors still donate food and their time to serve those who live down the street from them. That word of mouth still propels us forward and that packing a box is something that continues to grab the heart of individual families.
As our board of directors meets over the next few months, we will keep you posted about what this document means for us, but in the meantime, we want to THANK YOU. THANK YOU for your donations. THANK YOU for packing boxes with us. THANK YOU for spreading the word to your neighbors and co-workers. THANK YOU for praying. And most of all, THANK YOU for taking an active step in feeding kids in our community–potentially changing their life! We look forward to a continued partnership with you and can’t wait to see what happens next!
“At the present time your plenty will supply what they need,
so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need.
Then there will be equality.”
2 Corinthians 8:14