Relief Share donates coloring books, crayons, teddy bears and knitted balls to hospital ERBy
Relief Share volunteers have been busy getting the latest donation ready to go to the Houston, Missouri hospital emergency room.
When a child is in trauma and needs hospital medical attention, sometimes the emergency room staff are already busy helping others and the little one must wait for help. It is important to keep them calm and distracted so their situation is not made worse than it already is.
Relief Share volunteers spend a great deal of time searching for bargains for coloring books, toys, crayons, etc to stretch every dollar further so more children will benefit. Packages of crayons are purchased at the local Walmart and then separated into packs of 4 and taped with box tape in zip lock bags to the fronts of all the coloring and activity books. Right now the boxes of crayons that regularly cost .67 are on for .25. it is a great time to purchase and donate crayons to Relief Share to help with the need. Coloring books are only one dollar at the Dollar Store, if you pick up a few on your regular shopping trip and donate them, it would be very helpful. One or more coloring books and packages of crayons doesn’t seem like much, but to a child trying to stay calm and deal with pain, it can make the difference between a traumatic experience and a tolerable one.
Other items that Relief Share donates out a great deal of are soft teddy bears, stuffed animals, dolls, dinky cars and other safe toys that children love. Children love stickers, puzzles and books.
Knitted woven balls are a big hit at the hospital for children (of all ages). We put a cat ball with a jingle bell inside to make the balls sound merry. There is a space in the middle of the balls that ‘surprises’ fit into, that is where we tuck the cat balls that we buy at Walmart. There are many times when shaking the ball to distract the children has really been very useful. If you would like to purchase items to be donated to the sick and needy children, please send your donation to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd., Houston, MO 65483-2225. All donations are tax deductible as we are a 501 (c) 3 non profit registered with the IRS.
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