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Local News: Crosslines prepares for holiday distribution (12/4/21)

About 60 families signed up for holiday adoption

With the Thanksgiving food distribution just completed, employees and volunteers at Crosslines in Monett are gearing up for a busy Christmas season.

“We handed out 180 Thanksgiving baskets, and now, we are needing donations to restock for Christmas,” said MaLinda King, director. “We have even more families signed up for Christmas.”

Each family will receive a $25 gift certificate, along with a box of non-perishable food items.

“One way to give this year would be donations of food or money to help buy food or help pay for the gift certificates,” King said. “We only have a few weeks until we put these together and hand them out.”

So far, 60 families with children have signed up for adoption for Christmas gifts.

“We work with local schools and their programs so the same children do not get adopted twice,” King said. “That way, we can help many more families in the area. Crosslines will be suppling gifts for those who are not adopted.”

There are several ways to give with this ministry as well. Individuals, companies, industries or local businesses can adopt a family, donate new toys or money.

“You don’t even have to deliver the gifts,” King said. “We maintain confidentiality, so gifts can be dropped off at Crosslines and we will contact the family to come and pick up their gifts.”

For information about adopting a family, people may call Crosslines at 417-235-6666.

“As the temperature drops, we will see an increase of families needing help with utility bills,” King said. “This also puts a strain on families during the holiday season. With so much to be thankful for this year, it’s a nice reminder for area residents that they have the opportunity to help others this season through giving back.”

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