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Holiday Assistance Program for Families in Need Taking Applications

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The Crosslines Holiday Center, an arm of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, is now taking applications from families who need assistance during the holidays. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has more.

Crosslines is an agency that helps Ozarks families in need throughout the year with a food pantry and other programs. That assistance gets an extra push during November and December with a seasonal program: the Crosslines Holiday Center. Christine Moses is a spokeswoman for the Council of Churches of the Ozarks.

“During the holiday season we do special programs for families that need assistance, primarily with food. We do holiday a food basket for Thanksgiving and for Christmas and also offer a toy store.”

Moses says it’s not always easy for families to ask for help, and some are embarrassed about their situations, like one dad she talked to last year.

“He was very upset and he looked at me and he goes, how do I explain to my kids that I can’t afford a Christmas tree for them?”

Last year the Crosslines Holiday Center helped almost 9,000 people by providing food for the holidays and gave toys to more than 3,400 kids.

To apply for assistance at the Crosslines Holiday Center, individuals are asked to bring a social security card for each member of their household, as well as a piece of mail verifying that they live in Greene County. The income requirements for the program are the same as WIC.

Applications will be accepted until October 26th at the Crosslines Holiday Center located in the Southern Hills Shopping Center on East Sunshine in Springfield. For more information about the Crosslines Holiday Program, you can call the Holiday Center at 865-5810.

If you are not in need, but would like to help keep this program going, Moses says financial donations to Crosslines are always welcome.

For KSMU News, I’m Melanie Foehrweiser.