When the cold weather hits, Relief Share volunteers work even harder to keep the sick and needy warm!By
Its been a very chilly month and seems to be staying cold. Relief Share volunteers love everyone to be comfortable and warm, especially the very old and the very young. Donations of warm scarves, hats, coats, clothing, bedding and mittens have come in and been donated out to where the need is the greatest. Boxes of darling handmade dolls, knitted balls, warm double receiving blankets and yummy soft scrumptious flannel, fleece and minky fabric arrived at Relief Share home office and is quickly being made into needed items.
Twin size quilts are being sewn and hard working caring volunteers are tying the patchwork quilts as fast as they can at fun quilting bees held at the home of the main project co-ordinator. Jan is amazing and has ‘rallied the troops” to work fast, efficiently and joyfully to provide 240 twin size quilts for Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis. Relief Share completed 240 quilts for the hospital two years ago and we are doing it again
Volunteers Larry and Linda Smith spent hours working on our four Relief Share flea market booths that are donated by H & K Flea Market in Houston, MO. Everyone gets involved in donating items to fill the booth to raise funds for supplies and needed items to help the sick and needy.
President Carol Green went through her home and de-cluttered to bring a truck load of items to fill the booths. You’ll find everything in our booths – Carol jokes that if it’s not nailed to the floor and needed to sell to get the yarn and fabric needed – it’s going to wind up in the flea market booth. Her children grew up knowing that if they didn’t clean up their stuff and left it lying around, it got sold! (one way to get children to tidy their rooms
Dottie Schafer and Carol Green spent an enjoyable afternoon taking donations to where they are very much needed. Dottie went through the clothing she had saved from when her children were little and donated boxes full of very nice clean and excellent condition baby and childrens clothing, along with a bag of much needed children’s shoes. The recipients were so glad to get the items and it made Dottie feel good to share her precious treasures from when her kids were little.
The feeling you get in knowing you are in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing helping your brothers and sisters in Christ is amazing. In a world where its easy to get caught up in political problems, personal conundrums and depressed with how difficult it is to get by these days, it is a blessing to be able to wash away negativity with positive actions.
Here are some ideas on how to make your life joyful and productive – even more than you are doing now (and you may already be doing these things):
1. Clean out your closets and home for a good cause. You will feel a lot better owning your possessions instead of having them own you. Put the excess that you know others need and you don’t, into boxes and mail them to us at Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225. We will send you a thank you letter and tax deductible receipt for your donations. We know the price of shipping is getting higher – so if you can’t afford to ship your donations to us, consider calling a local charity and have them pick up your donations. One man’s excess is another man’s treasure, especially when they don’t have what is needed. Your old snow boots may be a life saver to someone else and you’ll love the extra space in your home.
2. Ask yourself – have you done any good in the world today, have you helped anyone in need? It’s one of our favorite songs we hear regularly at church, and it is a good litmus to see where we are in our humanitarian service. Make yourself a promise that you will help at least one person per
day. It doesn’t have to be earth shattering, like an entire truckload of donations or enough money donated to help others that temporarily hurts a tad in your budget (even though that is nice), it can be opening the door for someone else with a smile, cleaning the kitty litter box – even though it’s not your turn, or making someone else’s bed for a surprise. How about calling someone just to tell them you love them, or giving them that sweater of yours they love and comment on every time they see you wear it and you don’t need the sweater really as you have others. Put on your thinking cap and ‘move it, move it’ to help others.
3. Pray daily for your fellowmen. Oh, we don’t mean the rote prayers that are memorized, or the ones that are really generic, we mean the heartfelt prayers where you are chatting with your Heavenly Father and letting him know what is important to you. We have a precious volunteer and friend who has really struggled with terrible bouts of cancer. Honestly, if it was according to medical knowledge, she should have died by now, but through prayers and positive attitude, Vonnie is alive and kicking and in remission. That was one of the best phone calls we have ever gotten – she is in remission because of love and prayers offered on her behalf, a doctor who just wouldn’t give up on her and her own marvelous attitude and relationship with God. Prayers matter. Choose carefully what you want to pray for, or who, and then do it daily. Think of it as daily vitamins for the soul.
Well, we have a lot of other suggestions but these three are good to work on right now. We must walk - in learning to serve God and others – before we run, trip and get discouraged. Take life a day at a time. Never mind yesterday, it’s gone, but today ….. today is such a marvelous gift from God – share your ‘today’ with others.
Happy hugs and lots of love to you from Relief Share