According to Jolene Garoutte, director of the agency, many families have left gas bills unpaid through the summer months, resulting in termination of service. Those individuals are now seeking assistance in the form of electric heaters until other agencies, such as Ozark Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC), make their assistance programs available in November.
"Thinking ahead to the winter months, I think it's going to be a difficult time for people," Garoutte said.
More people have been shopping at Crosslines in recent weeks, and donations have been steady throughout the summer.
Staffers and volunteers are preparing for Christmas, making room for the annual Boy Scout food drive slated for Nov. 6. A total of 300 baskets will be prepared for distribution this holiday season, according to Garoutte.
Assistance was given to 448 families over the last quarter, which included pantry items, food vouchers, utility bills, rental payments, prescriptions, clothing, household items, gasoline, infant and adult diapers, dental visits, medical supplies, wheelchairs, eyeglasses, propane, insurance, Clark Center treatments, donations to seven area schools for supplies and donations to The Den fundraiser.
Bill Elwell has tendered his resignation from the Crosslines board due to family medical issues. He served on the board for four years. Carri Childers has been chosen to fill a vacancy.
For more information on the variety of services available through Crosslines, contact the center at 235-6666.