Community Focus has a huge impact

The community impact is huge when you share your time, treasure, and talent with Crosslines. It sends a message to the community that you care! We keep operating cost low by purchasing directly from wholesale grocers and food banks and relying on volunteers to run the pantry. What does that mean for you? Your impact is ever greater!

people we served in 2016
Meals provided to hungry families in 2016
Hours of service contributed by volunteers in 2016

Thank you for your support of Crosslines!

“Our Christmas Angels,

Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity! It meant a lot to us to see the excitement and happiness shining from our babies faces. They laughed and squealed with joy and danced in the wrapping paper.

As a parent your kids are everything to you. Their happiness is the light of your life, and their sadness hurts your very soul.

We’ve been blessed with loving, understanding kids. They have been so good about the changes in our lives, and really try to help us any way they can.

When my husband was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer we were looking into buying our first house, we were always careful with money. As you may know our girls have special needs, and we want to make sure they had every opportunity to have the therapies and education they could get. We want them to be able to live full, happy lives, and to be able to meet challenges with confidence and vitality, so if that meant some sacrifice on our side, it was an easy decision.

To be honest we felt successful and prepared. My husband was in no way afraid of hard work, and most of the time worked 12 hours a day 6 days a week. I’d worry and he’d laugh it off.

Then our world came crashing down around us. He woke up one morning unable to use the left side of his body. He had been having headaches for months and did have a cough that would come and go. His boss had previously denied any time off, deadlines were more important than any “imagined” illness.

At the hospital I actually hoped it was a stroke, as terrible as that sounded. I had been a CNA in the past. A small group of somber doctors stepped in, they had found a mass the size of a golf ball. It felt as though those words had ripped the air from my body.

In the space of a few days I learned that my husband; this strong, devoted, happy-go-lucky guy had maybe two months left to live. He was promptly fired for faking an illness. He hadn’t missed a day of work in almost 3 years and they still refused to believe he was sick. Once his job was gone, so was all of his insurance policies. Our Durango broke, down, it was going to cost more to fix it than it was worth. It was seriously one thing after another.

In a matter of months we burned through our savings, mostly on medical expenses and child care.

Fortunately we had a doctor willing to fight for my husband’s life. My hubby wasn’t ready to give up and he began defying the odds.

Our income is limited and my former frugality is now appreciated, hahaha. It does make me feel bad that I can no longer take my kids to SDC, or do a lot of fun things we used to do. Besides my husbands care, our daughters also have several specialist and medical needs themselves.

But I still think we’re very lucky, we have each other, we have a home and our needs are met. We’re very happy to still have Daddy with us! Our kids are loving and grateful. They encourage us and remind us that they feel lucky to have what they have. We are blessed to have such good, loving kids. they thought they were going to have a very small Christmas, and they didn’t complain.

So you can imagine their surprise. Thank you, thank you! You’re amazing and I pray God blesses you. You didn’t have to help. We may never know each other, but I want you to know what you did. You made 3 kids very, very happy! My son thinks you’re Santa Claus reincarnated. My daughters thing you’re God’s special angels.

You made a mother cry happy tears, and a father feel less guilt. Thank you for everything you have done! We are very grateful.

God Bless You,
– Crosslines toy distribution client, December 2016

P.S. I don’t even mind stepping on a rogue Lego in the dark.

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