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Crosslines gearing up for Christmas food basket drive

Friday, November 2, 2012

Vision Health, located at 215 Fourth Street in Monett, is one of the donation drop-off sites for the annual Crosslines Food Drive. Vision Health employees Nicole White and Debbie Washeck, pictured above, decorate the box for the drive, bringing an early festive feel to the office. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off between Nov. 1 and Dec 1 during regular business hours: from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Thursday; and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Anyone that brings in two or more non-perishable food items to Vision Health will receive a bottle of eye glass cleaner and cloth. [Times Photo by Melonie Roberts] [Order this photo]
Crosslines staff members and volunteers are gearing up for the annual Christmas food basket drive to benefit area families in need.

"We make at least 300 Christmas baskets each year," said MaLinda King, administrator. "This year, we will need food donations here by Dec. 12 so we can hand baskets out on Dec. 15.

"I'm looking forward to an even better holiday season than last year," King said.

King said Crosslines was able to help a number of families with food donations during the extreme heat of the summer.

"We were also able to help many children with school supplies," King added.

King reported two new employees at Crosslines, Shirley Fry, who will help sort donations, and Toby Ellingsworth, who replaces Mason Anderson.

King also noted that board member Andy Branch died in August, stating that he was greatly missed.

During the past quarter, Crosslines has assisted 495 families with food from the pantry, as well as utility bills, rent, fans, propane, furniture, household items, dental work, photo identification, medical tests, equipment and supplies, clothing personal care items, baby food, clothing and car seats, cleaning supplies and more.

"This has been a busy quarter," King said. "We appreciate the community for all of the donations that have been coming into Crosslines. It has been amazing."

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