On Tuesday, residents of Crosslines Ministries Emergency Shelter received free flu shots, dinner and a goodie bag filled with personal hygiene products courtesy of the Neosho Walgreens store.

As of Tuesday afternoon the shelter had 12 residents, according to shelter manager Shelly Barnett.

She said the donation from the local Walgreens store was an exciting gift for the shelter.

"We're grateful, all the residents are grateful," Barnett said. "A lot of them don't have the opportunity to get stuff like this."

Barnett said it is not often that she sees donations similar to that received Tuesday at the emergency shelter.
Kevin Foote, Neosho Walgreens manager, said Walgreens has been encouraging managers to reach out to their communities.

"I'm just grateful Walgreens is allowing me to do something like this, they allowed me to give away these shots," Foote said.

Many of the residents opted to take the free flu shot, which was administered by Neosho Walgreens pharmacy manager Mark Schneider.

Travis Nivens, who is staying at the shelter, was the first to volunteer for a flu shot Tuesday afternoon.

"I think it's really cool of them to come down here, especially giving out free flu shots to keep people from getting sick," Nivens said after receiving his shot. "I couldn't have afforded it, guarantee you that."

Travis Griffin, a representative from Crosslines Ministries, said the act of kindness will help to show the residents that someone cares.

"That's really one thing we do need more of is partnerships like Walgreens that are willing to step up and help," Griffin said.

He noted that everything at Crosslines is privately funded through donations.

Running the shelter can get expensive, he said, as a total of approximately 1,500 meals are served per month and about 410 residents are housed per year.

Griffin said the shelter can always benefit from supplies such as the ones donated by Walgreens on Tuesday.

For Foote, Tuesday's event was a way of helping those that he thought might not get the extra help otherwise.

"There's a lot of charities out there and I think they're all great, I just wanted to be involved in some that don't get all the funding that maybe they should, that maybe are forgotten," Foote said. "You've got a lot of people here that don't have all of the same things that we have available to us so therefore I think their immunity gets challenged a lot more than ours would. So I thought this would give them a better fighting chance to stay away from something that could be deadly."