Although the numbers this month weren’t as large, the Crosslines volunteers kept busy serving 64 families, totaling 154 people. I had one family with 10 people in it, and fortunately was able to give them plenty of the extra donations that had come in, such as individually-packaged servings of chocolate milk. This month we had eight new clients, the most I can remember. Despite all the news about the economy improving, we continue to have people seeking help at Crosslines for the first time. The desk clerks commented there have been an unusually large number of new people for the past week or so.
Last week Tim and I emptied the basket in the sanctuary and took the donations to Crosslines. We had 80 pounds of donations this month, with a lot of good quality food items. We also cleaned out a closet, finding quite a few cloth tote bags which we took to Crosslines. People who arrive on foot or by bus appreciate receiving these bags to take their groceries home, rather than the regular plastic grocery bags that tend to break at inopportune times. If you have some empty tote bags you’ve received at a conference or on some other occasion, and you don’t need them, Crosslines would appreciate them. Just put them in the cart, and Tim and I will get them there!
Again, our regular volunteers, Bev, Bonnie, Roberta, and Betty worked this month.
If you’re interested in volunteering at the Crosslines food pantry, or helping out with the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas drives, I’ll be at our First UU Volunteer Fair on October 1 with information.