SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Thousands of families who have asked for Christmas help will get it tomorrow when Crosslines opens their massive toy shop and food distribution center. Crosslines is still looking for volunteers, here’s how you can help.
Like any charity with a huge operation and coming down the wire on Christmas, Crosslines says no matter what happens they'll make it work.
They've received a lot of toy donations from the Marine’s Toys for Tots drive. Despite those donations, Crosslines need hundreds of volunteers to pull off this major event and they are still looking for helping hands.
In these boxes and this huge room thousands of donations of food and toys will come together
to make Christmas for families in need.
Tom Faulkner, the Director at Crosslines says volunteers will be busy for the next 24 hours, “these volunteers that are in here are going to move pipe and drape around, they are going to take toys out of boxes that have already been separated and sorted and they are going to line them up on table and they're going to make an actual toy store within the next 24 hours"
Crosslines says thousands of hours and tens of thousand of dollars go in to making this happen.
“It looks kind of disorganized right now, but it's really in a great place where we are at now. I would say there's about 20,000 toys”, Faulkner adds.
The last pieces of the puzzle are the volunteers who set up, break down, separate, sort and help guide families through.
“Between the food and the toy distribution we need roughly about 800 volunteers so we could use about 100 to 150 more volunteers.”
Crosslines Director Tom Faulkner says groups are welcome.
“We love to have families come out and help serve the community and make that a family event each year.”
One of Crosslines main volunteers heads up the Toy Shop, she says Saturday is when the magic happens.
Marcia Downs says families are thankful for the Toy Shop, “They will Stop us at any time of they day tomorrow and tell us ‘thank you so much’ because they weren't going to be able to buy toys for their kids.”
Downs says they work hard to buy quality toys, so that all the kids in town are getting great toys for Christmas.
Each volunteer can go home knowing that on Christmas morning you know that there lots of kids opening presents and finding things that they weren't expecting.
If you are interested in volunteering with Crosslines tomorrow you can you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the E-Plex at the Ozark Empire Fairground 11:00 a.m. for the afternoon shift.
In you would rather donate money Crosslines says it will have a $45,000 bill coming due for the food distribution alone. In addition, the main Crosslines building is currently operating on limited and frequently breaking heating and cooling system. If you would like more information you can call Crosslines at 417-869-0563.