FISHERSVILLE -- A new boutique in our area is selling more than just items.
It's also giving out love. The store Love Inc. is an affiliate of a national chapter. It opened on Monday. It is now one of the first Love Inc. stores in the valley.
"They helped me through the church and the community abundantly with gifts for my children and my grandchildren and my daughter," said Tonya Phillips, who turned to Love Inc. for help when she needed food.
"I was also struggling with health problems and stuff, you know I had problems with my knees," said Phillips.
"We get calls for emergency food deliveries, we get calls for medical appointment transporation, things like that," said Debbie Ramsey, the Executive Director of Love Inc.
With only a third of organizations similar to Love Inc. receiving state grants for funding last year, that's one the reasons Ramsey admits that the store, 'Treasures for Love' is needed.
"We thought this would be a great way to raise those funds," said Ramsey.
She doesn't refer to anyone in need as needy people. Instead she prefers the term 'neighbors in need'. Since the affiliate began last year, it has helped several homeless families.
"I know yesterday we made a delivery to a woman who just got into a home," said Ramsey.
Phillips says Love Inc. helped her during the Christmas holiday when she needed help the most.
"A lot of us struggle during that time of the year, it was just a blessing that they were able to help me," said Phillips.
The affiliate celebrates its one year anniversary in October.
To fund the program for an entire year costs close to a $100,000 per year.
All proceeds from the store goes to the non-profit Love Inc., which is helping neighbors in need.