Metro Faith-Based Organization Giving More As Need Grows


Sunday, December 20th 2020, 7:52 pm
By: Tevis Hillis


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Cross the Line Ministries is giving back more this holiday season. The organization said they have continued to see a growing need to give across the metro.

"Despite the difficult times people are going through, it's amazing how even though everyone is going through a tough time, we can go through it together," said Rudy Garcia with Cross the Line Ministries.

Among Cross the Line Ministries’ passions is serving the homeless population, which has grown since the start of this year’s COVID-19 pandemic.

"The homeless community is growing, and we can be a part of the solution," Cross the Line Ministries founder Valerie Ratliff. "They are going to get toiletries, a hat, gloves, hand warmers, soup. Both things to keep them clean and fed.” 

The organization had more than 40 volunteers step up to deliver 595 meals and 500 gift bags.

"For many of these people, that is the only Christmas gift they are going to have," Garcia said.

The effort would not have been possible without the help from people across the state.

While Cross the Line Ministries serves the greater Oklahoma City area, other church groups were out giving back, as well.

"We come out every third Saturday, and we come out with different things to do every time," said Sheena Holman with Mary Lee Clark United Methodist Church.

Holman was frank about her motivation for giving back.

"You never know tables can turn,” Holman said. “And we can be in the same situation the next month they are.”