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Hello to our friends
Cross Bars is on the move. The building we rent is up for sale. We need to transition into the other building we have been using on occasion for community dinners, coats drive, and Christmas gift giving. We been doing this for 3 years now. It's time to make a serious effort to transition into that building which will serve the community at a deeper level. If you can help us with a donation or two, or know someone who can, please do so. Really, really, really!!! appreciate any kind of help. Donations can be made through pay-pal ( or sent to 1102 Union St. Mishawaka, IN 46544
Blessings to all.

Saturday, Saturday, Saturday (Dec. 21) Community Christmas Dinner with great food all the trimmings and a lot of great gifts to shop for, Come on down!!! 4-6:00 pm Everyone welcome!!!


Larry Hanson
Last Thursday, I/we held a memorial service for a homeless guy from the community. He helped us, he help the neighborhood and he help a lot of people (and also stayed with various people at times) in the community. It was a shame and disgrace that he would be forgotten if someone didn't do something. Awesome community event and Veteran service. Check out the article at for Sunday's front page news.
South Bend Tribune
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Last Saturday's "Food Drive with a Twist" netted us 996 LBS of food for our pantry. Cool stuff!!!

Today, (Thursday) we held a memorial service and lunch for a homeless man from the area. Wow! What a turn out and a Community coming together. Check out the South Bend Tribune in the next few days for the story.

Had a great community Thanksgiving dinner. We server 75-80 people. We also gave away a ton of coats and winter gear that day and a few weeks before. Wow! Life is good!

Holiday Food Drive with a twist! Just a note to let you know this Saturday is our 2nd. "Cans Instead of Cash" day. Every can or non-perishable food item is equal to $1.00 towards your purchase. 10 cans=$10.00. Spread the word. Great way to get rid of unwanted items, stock our food pantry and help people who can't afford a lot of Christmas gifts and such. Last year we brought in 1,110lbs of food!! Let's do it again!!!

Hello to all!!!
One of the things about myself that I have realized lately, is that I am really not much of a "Facebooker" person. I really want to change that. There are many things going on in my life and at Cross Bars Ministries, that I feel the need for more friends and support; Words of encouragement, sharing posts and all that stuff, helps me to feel connected. I love to read your posts, yet I have not responded to many. Sorry about that. Life at Cross Bars is rewarding... helping people and all that, yet sometimes very difficult and time consuming. So hey... here are a few things that would help encourage me, help Cross Bars and help the community also.
Could you please go to the 1st. Source Bank website, ( click on the "150 years, $150,000" banner and download the "Nominate Your Favorite Charity" form and nominate Cross Bars Ministries. We have already won $1,000. Now we have a chance at $15,000. Whoa! That would be cool. This past week at the Thrift Store we have already served around 100 families at the food pantry. Many of these people have nominated Cross Bars Ministries for the grand prize of $15,000. With that prize money, we can continue to serve the people of our community. Last year,(2012) Cross Bars served almost 10,000 individual family members through our food pantry, we gave away nearly 600 coats and helped hundreds of people with emergency relief, Community dinners and Community Service hours. 2013 should, without a doubt, exceed last years statistics for helping people in need.
Thanks so....... much for your encouragement
Larry - Cross Bars Ministries

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Beginning Monday May 6th the Thrift Store/Food Pantry will have new hours of operation.
We will be open: Tuesday-Friday 9am-6pm
EVERY Saturday 10am-3pm
We will be closed EVERY Sunday and Monday

Good Morning everyone! Hope you have a great day despite the rain!

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We have a wonderful opportunity to purchase an additional building!! The (old) salvation army building is exactly what we need to expand our ministry to the community through life skills education, job training and personal development for adults as well as children!!
Cross Bars needs to raise $50,000 +. ANY amount will help!!!

Gifts can be sent to: 1102 Union St. Mishawaka, IN 46544
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Help get the word out! We restocked our Food Pantry!
There's only one more hour before the Store & Food Pantry will be closed until Monday morning!!

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Today is the big day!!!! Come have dinner with us today!
No cost, absolutely FREE!!

1026 Dodge Street

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We are in need of empty plastic prescription pill bottles!!!

Please help us spread the word!!!

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