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Toy Donations, Volunteers Needed for Crosslines Holiday Store

Laura LaRose

Crosslines is asking people to be generous as Christmas approaches.  The organization says the Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation, through a Timken Belts Grant, will provide $5,400 in toys and bikes for the Crosslines Holiday Toy Store on December 15.

But, even with that, Crosslines will need 700 to 800 more toys before Saturday to fulfill the need in the community. 

Crosslines, an outreach service of Council of Churches, will host the Holiday Toy Store and Holiday Food Distribution Saturday at the Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds. More than 4,000 people in Greene County will receive assistance this Christmas Season. Parents will choose presents from the Holiday Toy Store for each child in their household 18 years and younger, as well as receive a holiday food basket that includes a traditional Christmas dinner along with breakfast and snacks.

The greatest need for toys is for infants (both boys and girls) and boys 11 and older. 

Financial contributions can be made at  Donated toys may be dropped off by Friday, December 14, at 615 N. Glenstone from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. or call ahead (417-865-5810) to arrange a drop-off time. Toys can also be dropped off at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex (enter at Gate 4 and drop off at the west end entrance).

Volunteers are still needed for Saturday. To sign up, visit or call 417-865-5810.