Spring cleaning – does it fill you with dread or elation?By
Spring cleaning – does it fill you with dread or elation? It used to be a time of drudgery, wishing we were somewhere else and wanting the chores to be over. Not any more!
It is spring. Birds are singing, babies are being born, the earth is shaking off her dormancy of winter and bursting forth in blissful colors and sounds. It is a wonderful time to be alive and share what we have with others.
De-cluttering will lighten your load, make your heart sing with freedom and put a smile on your face in knowing you are helping others – with the “trash to treasure” mentality. What clogged your closets, littered your counters and made laundry day a form of torture can be blessing the lives of others who desperately need what you don’t want.
Clean out your closets and homes for a good cause! Here’s how:
1. Line up 4 boxes beside the area that you decide to tackle first. Box one – things you want to keep and store for later use, box two – things you are throwing out, box three – things you are currently using and want to have easy access to; and box four – things you are donating (recycling and re-using useful items keep our landfills free and earths resources not wasted).
2. Set your timer for 15 minutes, take a deep breath and start filling those boxes. For more details on the 15 minute approach, visit www.flylady.com - a wonderful website that has saved the sanity of lots of folks wanting to have a clean house and de-clutter but didn’t know where to start or how to do it.
3. Do NOT tackle the entire house in one day. Choose one area at a time – the craft, hobby, and art room is where we would love you to start Bedrooms are another wonderful place to clean out.
4. The boxes filled with new or gently used items can simply be labeled and mailed to:
6078 Lundy Rd,
Houston, MO 65483-2225.
All donations are tax deductible and each donor will receive a thank you letter with a tax receipt. We accept anything and everything because the requests we receive for help address all situations of lack, sickness and need.
Recent donations in and out have been quilts, blankets, baby clothing, children’s and adult clothing, books, toys, fabric, yarn, sewing supplies, thread, machinery, sewing machines, sergers, knitting and crochet needles, quilting supplies, jewelry, kitchen supplies, and more. Donations that are not needed directly for immediate needs can be used for fundraisers to pay for shipping, medical expenses, items needed, etc. but most of the donations are given directly to the sick and needy.
Our number one Relief Share urgent need right now is for batting to make quilts. Next to that is baby supplies – diapers, receiving blankets, clothing, hygiene items, hats, socks, undershirts, soft toys, bottles, and diaper bags – anything a baby could use. Next in line is sewing, knitting, crocheting, crafting, quilting and spinning supplies and equipment.
Recent recipients have included St. Alphonsus Hospital System, LDS Humanitarian Center, families with newborn babies who needed basic essential supplies, adults with medical conditions (blindness, tumors, cancer), refugees, and those who are caught in the economic downturn or natural disasters that are struggling with the lack of essentials like food and clothing.
YOU CAN HELP! Turn your unwanted items into much needed treasures by simply giving relief through sharing. There will probably be many boxes to share. Simply pop a box or two in the mail every week, it’s easier on the budget this way and we can go through it and get it donated out easier if it doesn’t come all at once, but if you need to send it all at once, that’s okay, too – we have garage and storage space to process it and volunteers ready and waiting to make sure everything goes out as quickly as possible to those anxiously waiting for help.
May your spring season be rewarding and blissful and after de-cluttering, may you enjoy the song of the birds, the beautiful flowers and trees and the wonderful feeling of knowing that your compassionate sharing is blessing the lives of others. Thank you for all the continuing support, together we are alleviating suffering and lifting up the hearts and hands of those who lack and need not only the items missing, but love from their fellowman in their time of need.
President Carol Green
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