Crosslines will continue its goal of helping those in need by preparing Christmas baskets for the upcoming holiday season.
"People of the community have been great in donating food for the food pantry as well as making cash donations," said Crosslines Director Jolene Garoutte.
According to Garoutte, the organization will be providing 300 baskets of food to area families for the upcoming holiday season.
According to the third quarter ministry report, Crosslines helped meet the needs of 437 families over the past three months.
The various types of assistance included: medications; eyeglasses; food pantry; food vouchers; diapers; air conditioners; rent; electric and heating bills; clothing; furniture; household items; motels; bus ticket and ride to Joplin; cleaning supplies; X-rays; bus tickets; house payments; dentist visits; gasoline; toiletries; hot meals and donations to seven schools for school supplies. In addition, Crosslines helped a family with a down payment on a car.
"When they (the couple) first came to Crosslines they had been making trips to St. Louis twice a week since the birth of their seven-month-old daughter who was born with a very rare condition," said Garoutte. "The family's car had blown up, and they had no one to help them, Crosslines' board members approved the sizeable down-payment.
"In the recent words of Crosslines Board President Lonnie Dunn, 'Crosslines exists to help our fellow man.' This couple and their families are truly thankful," Garoutte added.
Garoutte said the little girl, who has recently graduated from casts to braces on both legs, will be having heart surgery in the near future.
"We want to be able to help as many people as we can," Garoutte said. "The more donations, regardless of the type, the more we can help."
While finding room for items continues to be a major issue at Crosslines, Garoutte said the old Ramey building in Monett would be an ideal facility for the organization, providing more room in a better location. Garoutte said the old Ramey building in Monett would be an ideal facility for the organization.
However, the cost to purchase the building and the cost of necessary repairs exceeds funds Crosslines has available for the cause.
"We are busting at the seams," said Garoutte. "There are times we have to mark items down to make room for items that come in. A larger facility would allow us to help more people, which is our ultimate goal."
The need for a larger facility is clearly evident to anyone who drives by the organization located on Cleveland in Monett. The parking area, which is small in size, is generally filled with vehicles.
According to Garoutte, the staff of 29th District State Senator Jack Goodman has been in close contact with Crosslines leaders and are checking into any possible government grants that could help support a larger facility.
Crosslines has also become an affiliate of Goodman's Season of Hope food drive, which was designed to help provide food to patrons in areas where there are no local food banks.
Proceeds received from Crossline's thrift shop along with donations received from private churches and private sources are used to operate the organization and help with assisting those in need.
In addition to those who volunteer at Crosslines, the organization provides light-duty work for people with injuries, community service programs and work for senior citizens.
"We are so fortunate to be located in an area that has such great communities, and we are grateful for the support we receive," said Garoutte. "Especially at a time when so many people are in need of help."
Donations to Crosslines are tax deductible. Anyone interested in making a donation can take the items or funds to Crosslines or call Garoutte at 235-6666.