SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Crosslines has helped thousands of families in Springfield through its Vacation Assistance Program. Families can apply to receive food and gifts for the children, but the deadline is fast approaching.
Crosslines distributes food to those in need for the holidays, and this year, more than 2,300 people were served at Thanksgiving. Officials say they have seen an increase in demand this year compared to last year. They expect to be served more at Christmas.
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner, and for many families in Greene County, Christmas wouldn’t be possible without the help of Crosslines Holiday Assistance. The food pantry provides enough food for three meals for families in need, and toys and books for children. If you are interested in helping with the program, you can volunteer to serve families on Distribution Day. Officials also accept new toys and monetary donations.
“On our website, we have gaming wish lists, and we’re always short on gifts for teens,” said Wes Buchholz, director of Crosslines. “Shopping isn’t as fun as little kids are. So if anyone is thinking of donating a toy or even a cash donation to us so we can buy these things, maybe we’ll look at those team categories to make sure we cover them.”
Crosslines officials say it has been difficult to handle the number of callers wanting to apply and encourage people to apply in person. They believe that inflation may be the reason why so many people seek help.
“Things are more expensive now,” said Buchholz. “So it certainly plays into it, you know, even if even for those of us who have budgeted, you know, Christmas expenses, you don’t go your money away like you did when you budgeted, you know, at the beginning of the year. So, “It definitely affects the families we serve who, you know, struggle to find their next meal sometimes. So to be able to serve Christmas is definitely a huge stress factor for the families we serve.”
To qualify for Holiday Assistance Programs through Crosslines, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Must be a resident of Greene County
- Social security cards must be presented to all family members (including children).
- A piece of mail less than 30 days old must be presented
- Family income must fall at or below the USDA’s poverty scale for family size
In addition, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
- A child of school age or younger (from birth to 18 years old) must live in the home or
- All family members must be 60 years or older or
- All family members must be home sleeping
If you would like to apply for assistance, you may do so in person at 615 N. Glenstone or call 417-869-0563. Crosslines will accept applications within the following hours.
Friday, December 2, 4-7 p.m
Saturday, December 3, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m
You must register to receive assistance. No visits will be accepted on the day of distribution.
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