Crosslines steps up to fill need in the community
"The need is greater than ever, but we have seen that our community just really tends to respond to the immediate needs of the community...when a time of crisis comes."
JOPLIN, Mo. – Tony Ferguson was laid off from work over COVID-19 and since then, it’s been a struggle.
“You know, just done things I can to get by, and, knock on wood, things are gonna change shortly, but it’s just kinda a crazy time in life,” said Ferguson.
While he’s working to get back on his feet, Crosslines is keeping him and others who are struggling afloat.
“The need is greater than ever, but we have seen that our community just really tends to respond to the immediate needs of the community, and organizations that are meeting those immediate needs, whenever a time of crisis comes,” explained Rodney Rambo with Crosslines.
Understanding that people need help, Crosslines is seeing more financial contributions, as well as food donations, and the gratitude is pouring in.
“When you couldn’t buy meat at the store, when the shelves were empty, people were coming and seeing their food boxes and were just overwhelmed with emotion. We’ve been getting more thank-you cards, just more appreciation expressed than we’ve seen in a long time,” he said.
While the community support is appreciated, Rambo hopes people will continue to give during this time of great need, and he says no contribution is too small. He encourages people to look at their personal finances to see if there’s room to give.
“What’s the one thing you could give up that would allow you to be able to partner, you know, with other churches in meeting those needs,” he asked.
As for Ferguson, he says Crosslines is much more than a food pantry to him.
“It’s way beyond just giving food and stuff. I mean, it’s giving hope and, I don’t know, I can’t say enough about them. For all the bad things going on in the world, it shows there’s all kinds of good people too.”
Crosslines will begin accepting clothing and household donation again the week of June 22, during regular operating hours.
For more information or to donate, visit www.crosslinesjoplin.org