With so many of our neighbors struggling financially it is more important than ever to donate to charities organized to assist those hardest hit by tough economic times. Crossroads Ministries in Susanville, Ca is my pick for this holiday season. This dedicated organization offers a wide variety of assistance to the needy and homeless on a year round basis. Manager Cheri Farrell and her devoted staff do so much with so little, I was amazed.

Crossroads Ministries offers a once a month food pantry that will also give out Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets to families in need who sign up Nov 2-20 at 2410 Main St. in Susanville. A hot and nutritious breakfast and lunch is also served Monday-Friday at 7:30 a.m. and noon along with a 6:00 p.m. Saturday night dinner. Crossroads Ministries will also host a Christmas dinner and gift giveaway December 19th for those who might otherwise go without this year. A 1$ a bag clothes closet is another great service offered. Coats, gloves and snow boots are super donations this time of year but of course cash donations are best to keep all programs running.

Not only does Crossroads Ministries help feed and clothe their community they also house the homeless in 3 separate semi-permanent shelters; Philemon House for men, Grace Gables for women and Transitional House for those re-entering society from rehab and incarceration situations. A new overnight shelter, to house the homeless on an overnight basis to be named Samaritan House, is currently in the works. Also offering an outstanding careers program directed by Lorne Brown, Crossroads Ministries truly gives a hand up. You can learn more about all they give and do at www.crossroadsministries.com. Let’s follow their admirable lead this holiday season and donate what we can to this deserving cause. Donations can be mailed to 2410 Main St Susanville, Ca 96130.