Since 2004 over 2500 personal care packs have been distributed both nationally and internationally.
I’d like to introduce Operation Love. Operation Love is an outreach ministry that began December 25th, 2004. It’s mission is to share the love and compassion of Jesus Christ globally through acts of kindness to those who are sometimes forgotten especially during, the holiday season.
Our ministry focus has been on providing support to senior citizens in the Tampa community by providing them with a gift bag filled with personal care items and personal home visits on Christmas day. The volunteers go out on Christmas day and bring a little Christmas joy to them. It’s amazing to see the joy in their eyes when we place a gift, donated by our family and friends, into their hands! They are always very grateful for the gifts and the visit.
In addition to that, we also have the opportunity to distribute personal care packs to those individuals in downtown Tampa that have no home or family to share the Christmas season with. Thankfully, we are also able to pray with them and share the message and love of Jesus Christ!
As a result, of your generous donations last year, we were able to m98inister to over 250 men and women throughout the Tampa Bay area on Christmas Day. Each person was given a personal care gift pack, along with a New Testament Bible. In addition to that, we were able to provide free clothes, shoes and food to the homeless. The outreach teams were able to minister to several people in need of prayer and other community resources.
Even more, a generous donations from our supportive partners and friends allowed us to provide food and clothing to families in need during, the holiday season. Our faithful volunteers distributed thirty-six additional gift bags to more senior citizens within our community and abroad.
This Christmas, we intend to continue with our mission to share the love and compassion of Jesus Christ to more hurting people. Therefore,we need the support of the community via donated goods, volunteer time, etc to help us share the love and compassion if Jesus Christ this holiday season. We are accepting donations until December 23th. The donation list can include, but is not limited to: tube socks, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash, lotion, non-perishable food items, blankets, word search puzzle books. Volunteers are also needed to help prepare the gift bags on December 23rd at 4:00p.m. We are counting on your support. Please help make this Christmas outreach a success and a blessing to others by making a donation to Hope 1 Ministries in support of Operation Love. Please contact Monica Tucker at 813-237-2055 if you’d like to make a donation.
“It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.”
“Compassion is to look beyond your own pain, to see the pain of others.”
In-kind donations of food and personal care Items are a great way to get everyone involved and support Operation Love. Food, school supplies and toys will go directly to support individuals and families in our community. All italicized items in bold print are our most critical donations needed to support our program. Note to volunteers: If you would like to make an in-kind donation to our sites, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. or 813-789-9425
Operation Love uses all the money it receives from individuals and corporations to purchase personal care products to distribute to those who need them. Of course, we gladly accept any size donation to help us carry out our mission. Operation Love is a community outreach of Hope 1 Ministries, Inc. Please make checks out to Hope 1 Ministries, Inc. if you are making monetary donations.
Fragranced items such as soap, hand lotion or deodorant can negatively affect the taste of food items if placed in the same bag. Pack these separately if you choose to give them.v
old items such as mouthwash or hand sanitizer that contain alcohol.
Have a Care Kit party! Gather family, friends, co-workers or your community group to purchase supplies and assemble Care Kits together.
Care Kits are useful both in warm and cold weather. In summer, include sunblock or frozen bottles of water. In winter, include gloves, hats or heat pack.
Fresh Fruit (apples,oranges,bananas)
Fruit snack or applesauce cup
Crackers with peanut butter or cheese
Gift certificate to fast food
Pack of Kleenex
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Nail clippersand Aids
Comb or small brush
Mints, cough drops or gum
Note of encouragement or uplifting Bible verse
Shampoo & Conditioner 8-16ounces
Brushes and Combs
Body lotions 8-16ounces
Knee highs (nude and black please).
Word search puzzles
Women and men slippers
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate
Cologne, body sprays
Razors, Shaving cream
Tissues/ pens, pencils
Shampoo & Conditioner- travel sizes
Brushes and Combs/Body lotions- travel sizes
Non-perishable food items
Toothpaste, tooth brush, mouth wash, dental floss- travel sizes
Deodorant, soap, body wash
Mints, candy, gum
Hand sanitizer, wet wipes, wash clothes
Pocket size New Testament Bibles
Gallon size zip lock bags/Feminine hygiene products
Gently used or new children clothes
Gently used or new toys/Gently used or new Children books
Pocket size New Testament Bibles
Non-perishable food items ( Items to prepare food basket)
Gift cards- Walmart, Target, Public, Gas Card
Laundry and cleaning supplies/Large sizes of personal care items