"When people ask me 'What is Crosslines?' it's hard to sum it up in a few words," said MaLinda King, director of the not-for-profit organization. "I have records of over 5,700 families we have helped through the office, and those don't include Christmas baskets, gifts and help we give outside the office."
King said close to 600 families a year come through the doors at Crosslines, seeking assistance with utilities or rent. About 75 families a month are there to request food.
"Many of those are single-income families who make just enough they don't qualify for food stamps," King said. "Others are disabled or senior citizens on fixed incomes.
"Some families come once a year, others come more often," she continued. "These numbers represent a small amount of what we do here each month."
Crosslines provides food, money and affordable clothing and household items through the store, free to families who go into the office with a special need.
"Proceeds from the store go back into Crosslines to help those in our community going through a difficult time," King said. "We appreciate everyone who donates and those who shop at Crosslines."
The organization is currently in need of food items, including canned meats, soups, pastas, rice, peanut butter, jelly, dry beans and cereal.
"We had several donations around the Christmas holiday, but we're at the end of those reserves," said King.
King said people are already looking through the store for children's' back-to-school clothing.
In the past three months, Crosslines has assisted 445 families with food from the pantry, food vouchers, gas bills, electric and utility bills, rent, fans, blankets, propane, furniture, household items, dental and medical needs, clothing, adult and child diaper, wipes, infant bottles and formula, baby and toddler car seats, toiletries, laundry items, cleaning supplies, prescription glasses, a wheel chair and walkers, shower benches, work uniforms, scrubs and steel toed boots.
"We have two new employees," King added. Doris Eberhardt has been named assistant administrator and Mason Anderson helps with the furniture."
For more information, contact Crosslines at 235-6666.