Archive for Donor Spotlight
Relief Share volunteers are so excited to be working with quality premium embroidery floss on our charity projects. Miragoods.com just donated 210 skeins of 100% cotton floss and mercerized, approx. 70 different rainbow colors – 3 of each color. The embroidery floss is excellent quality and perfect for our items we make to donate.
When we are making the comfort teddy bears and stuffed animals, we use embroidery floss to put on the faces. Buttons cannot be used because they are a choking hazard and the embroidered happy faces are soft when little ones snuggle up to them. We also love to make friendship bracelets with the floss and donate them to the emergency room for teens or younger children to put a smile on their face when they are in pain or dealing with trauma. Anything we can do to make a difficult time better for sick and needy children is great and we are thrilled to have such nice supplies to work with.
This embroidery floss and wonderful to smock with when we make the little gowns for the babies in the NICU. Sometimes the gowns are for the little ones who are growing, getting healthier and going home, and sometimes the gowns wind up being used for infant demise burial layettes. These special little angels only need one last gown, bonnet and blanket to be snuggled in at they go home to Heavenly Father, and it is nice for grieving parents to have the personal touch of embroidery and tatted lace on the memorial items in these cases.
If you would like to purchase your own set of Miragoods embroidery floss, you can get it here:
Amazon listing for floss
Miragoods makes other craft items and supplies. You can visit them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mirahandcrafts/
Here is our Youtube video for this wonderful donation, sharing the colors and ideas to use them for: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1Rw4_Gc_dI&feature=youtu.be
This beautiful handstitched gown was donated to Relief Share in memory of 5 year old Carmen Faith Huskilson who died on January 12, 2016. A huge thank you to Romelda N who created this beautiful tiny gown for a very special preemie baby. If you would like to read more about the “pay it forward” tribute to Carmen… click here
Relief Share has donated 4 beautiful complete baby layettes – 2 for little newborn girls and 2 for little newborn boys to a crisis center for the sick and needy on Carmen’s behalf. These baby layettes each have a handmade baby quilt, baby clothing, receiving blankets, bibs, socks, hand crochet and knit hats, pacifiers, burp cloths, baby hygiene products, a tiny bible in pink or blue, depending on the gender of the layette set and more.
To go to Carmen’s facebook page.. click here
A huge THANK YOU to the sweet gentleman who saw me buying stuffed toys and comfort toys for the sick and needy children in hospital today. I was in Shetlers in Cabool,Missouri checking out, and he gave me money to help.
I am so grateful! I don’t know his name but I just wanted to let everyone know that Angels walk among us, and he is one of them!
A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE!!!
Relief Share efforts this Thanksgiving were prayed over and intensive, such a blessing to so many people. It took dedicated volunteers in three states, but many families received donations given to them with love. For privacy and security’s sake, we don’t mention names.
A family with many beautiful children was grateful for the food provided. The sweet mother was careful to pick healthy items that her family needed, she is so precious and loves her family very much. I knitted her a baby cocoon for the little one who will show up right away. Their children are so sweet and have such good manners. I am so glad their tummies will be filled this Thanksgiving, because of generous donations from loving volunteers, and especially one very kind and precious donor!
In Arizona, there were other families who received needed food. One person, in particular, stands out in my mind. They have severe health problems and their diet is very restricted, but they love fruit and just can’t afford it. Our volunteer who lives near them, made sure they got a wonderful big fruit basket, filled with their favorites. There were other families in the San Tan Valley area near Phoenix, Arizona, who needed food and Relief Share volunteers took care of that. Everyone was so grateful and I am passing along their thank yous to the unsung heroes who made it possible.
In Idaho, Relief Share volunteers were able to bless a small mountain community, way up in the mountains. Relief Share volunteers that live in the area, drove hours down the mountain and back to get food for these families and take it to them. One of the families lives in a small camper trailer, they are expecting. They don’t have a car so they walk to church and walk to the store (even in the snow). They are both hard workers, during wood season they hand cut and split firewood to make money and are doing all they can to survive but it is so hard for them. Other families who are experiencing hardship were given food and it was touching to find out that even with as little as they have, they will be sharing with their neighbors – that is just the kind of wonderful loving people they are in that community.
In Missouri we decided to help through donations of comfort toys, as the need for food this Thanksgiving was being taken care of through the local food pantry, who Relief Share regularly donates to, to help with their charity efforts. The comfort toys are brand new stuffed animals that we purchased from a discount store in the area and they have been donated to the hospital emergency room, OB unit, ambulances and other places who help sick and needy children.
May God bless you as you bless others!
A VERY happy Thanksgiving to you!
Hugs and love
We were so thrilled to get a wonderful donation this week from Carolyn J. She hand made 15 gorgeous cotton washcloths and send them along with a note, letting us know she used a washable and dryable yarn to make them. She even washed them in Dreft before she sent them to us to donate out to the sick and needy we serve.
One of the patterns she used is this one. We actually use this pattern a lot.
Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth
Materials: Sugar and Cream yarn; Size 6 or 7 needles (US)
Cast on 4 stitches
Row 1: Knit 4
Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over, knit across the row. Repeat Row 2 until you have 44 stitches on the needle.
Knit 1, Knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to the end of the row.
Repeat Row 3 until you have 4 stitches on the needle. You can now either bind off or do a round of single crochet and make a little loop of chain stitches in one corner so you can hang the cloth to dry when you are finished using it.
A huge thank you to Carolyn, we sure appreciate you!
So much fun, snuggles and cuddles. Our Relief Share volunteers just delivered a large donation of stuffed teddy bears, coloring books and crayons, blankets and comfort toys to Texas County Emergency room for the ER staff to calm sick children with and the ambulances to give to children in crisis to help a rough situation turn into a do-able one for the babies and children treated.
Coloring books are purchased – usually from the Dollar Tree as that is where we get the nice big coloring books for the lowest prices. Crayons have been purchased from WalMart – prices are lower because of the back to school sales. We take the .25 packages of 24 crayons and re-seal them into 4 crayons per pack and then tape them with box tape on the front of every coloring book so we can make our donation budget stretch further.
There is a store here in Cabool, Missouri called Shetlers where we can purchase lovely stuffed animals and toys for a very discounted price. It is hit and miss, sometimes they have nothing for weeks and then…bingo…we hit the jackpot! We RARELY get money donated to Relief Share so were thrilled when a donation came in from Ray Cox, a wonderful sweet veteran, to purchase the items needed recently.
We do have fundraisers – flea market booths donated by H & K Flea Market in Houston, Missouri and use the local buy/sell/trade lists to generate funds or purchase what is needed. Items for the booths come from the homes of some of our volunteers that know we need to purchase supplies and have little money to work with. We are so grateful for their help. It takes everyone doing their little bit to make a great big whole – or in other words, our synergy creates miracles for the sick and needy children and their families we serve.
If you would like to help, please send your donations of NEW items for the hospital emergency room to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd., Houston, MO 65483-2225 The hospital takes only new toys, but Relief Share also takes gently used toys to distribute to individuals and families. Accepted with love and donated with prayers
Relief Share donations were delivered today as a very special delivery to honor one of our most precious volunteers, Yvonne Brogdon Fink. After a long battle with cancer, her funeral was on Friday.
She loved to donate to the emergency room here in Houston, MO and give comfort toys and coloring books to the children in the waiting room. Today there were 4 children in the waiting room that received donations because of her. I hope she was watching from heaven
Relief Share volunteers also took a box of stuffed animals for the ambulance to give to children in medical crisis and a large donation (not everything is shown here) to the obstetrical department for new babies and moms that are sick or needy.
Everything was done in memorium to one of God’s kindest and greatest daughters – Vonnie loved to bless others and had a marvelous humanitarian heart. <3 Gone, but never forgotten – we love you Vonnie, now and forever. <3 We would say ‘rest in peace’ but knowing you there is a huge party going on in heaven and everything thoroughly enjoying your vivacious presence! We miss you.
Did you ever have to go to the emergency room at the hospital? What was it like? Let me guess – a long wait, perhaps, feeling pretty awful or in a lot of pain, maybe noticing many others in the waiting room feeling the same way? It’s worse for the children. Just think about it. As adults, we have experienced a lot of pain and trauma in our lives and we tend to grade it according to how awful it was…you know, broken leg is worse than the flu, but a nasty car accident trumps the broken leg. Well, a child does not have that arsenal of icky memories to judge life from and what they are experiencing is the worst – for them – in their entire short lives. They have little to calm themselves with as many of them are swamped with fear, pain and panic.
What if children can be helped to be happy, amid pain and trauma? What if their tears can turn to smiles and calmness replace crying? Relief Share donors and volunteers create this miracle on a regular basis through donations of comfort toys, soft blankets, coloring books, crayons, clothing, pacifiers and much more.
Relief Share made donations to a hospital emergency room, crisis center and hospital obstetrical unit. These donation boxes came filled with love and caring.
The hospital was out of pacifiers, but through wonderful donations from special volunteers Terry, Carol and Kate, the hospital now has pacifiers to soothe babies and allow them to save their strength for growth and health instead of crying.
Other donations delivered this week include – ready for this – it’s a long list and a number of trips with filled trucks to where they needed to go: blankets, baby clothing, shoes, socks, baby seat covers, toys, coloring books, crayons, adult tops and pants, stuffed animals, dishes, flashlights, watercolor sets, food, balloons, balls, toy cars, dolls, teddy bears, stitchery kits for shut ins, warm jackets, hand knitted baby sweaters, hats, baby cocoons, blue jeans, books, stickers, onesies, dresses, baby sleepers, receiving blankets, baskets, bibs, burp cloths, bath towels, wash cloths, dish cloths, soap, hygiene items and a lot more.
There were so many grateful recipients, tears turned to smiles, hugs given with boxes filled with essentials, and so many hearts made glad with the efforts of people who care.
Relief Share received donations of wonderful fabric, yarn and supplies to make many of the donations that will go out. We are so grateful for these supplies, we go through a lot of flannel for receiving blankets, baby gowns, comfort toys, etc. We also go through a ton of yarn that is knitted, crocheted and tatted into baby cocoons, afghans, toys and layettes.
One of the most incredible donations that came in lately is a coverstitch machine that was very much needed. It allows us to create durable clothing fast with professionally done seams that will hold up to hospital laundry and be soft against baby’s skin. The coverstitch machine is a huge blessing to volunteers to help them make items faster and better. We are very grateful for our special Relief Share angel who helped us with this donation.
We are very grateful for all the donations that have come in lately – answers to fervent prayers and a huge blessing to God’s sick and needy.
Do you want to help? You can, you know.
–Some folks help by donating money through paypal
(you don’t need a paypal account to donate with a credit card) to buy supplies and items for the sick and needy. Note: no one is paid at Relief Share, every cent goes directly to the needs of those who are in crisis in some way.
–Other folks help by cleaning out their closets for a good cause. You can literally send anything. There is a place for everything to go and nothing is wasted, it is all used to bless the lives of those who are struggling, young and old, all needing our help.
–Do you like to sew, serge, knit, crochet, tat, or have other skills that you can use to make items to be given to the sick and needy? Check our facebook page for free patterns and ideas at Facebook.com/ReliefShare.
All donations are tax deductible as Relief Share is a 501 (c) 3 non profit charity registered with the IRS. We are happy to send you a thank you letter/tax deductible receipt for your donations to help.
Today Laura and I made a Relief Share donation to SOS Charity in Cabool, Missouri.
This donation was very special. There was a Precious Moments twin quilt for a little 6 yr old girl with cancer (made by marvelous volunteer Jan S) and two smaller comfort snuggle quilts for her brother, who makes the long trip to another state with her for her cancer treatments.
Also included in the delivery was lots of lovely knitted baby cocoons and knitted afghans made by our wonderful volunteer Ann E – whose boxes of donations arrived in the nick of time right before us leaving to take the donation.
There were wonderful hats and scarf sets (ready for winter) made by sweet volunteer Mary H., who also donated 3 of the baby quilts, and a pair of pants donated by volunteer Ashley G, that we’re sure a young mom will be grateful for.
There were many other items included in the delivery – all created with love and given with a prayer for peace and healing for the recipients, young and old, sick or needy.
Thank you to everyone who made the donation today possible. We love you for it.
Science Has Spoken – Giving Makes You Happy!
By Eve Pearce
Relief Share believes that the true solution to the inequalities and suffering that occurs every day in the world is giving… by sharing toys with children whose parents may have lost everything in a natural disaster, bedding with those who who cannot afford to stay warm, quilts to keep the aged cosy, we play a small part in curing social ills which could be eliminated on a collective levels. Interestingly, numerous scientific findings reveal that when we give, we don’t just help the recipients of our donations; we also take our first steps on a journey towards greater personal happiness. These findings should be shared with the world, for they are likely to lead to further giving. In this post, we share important research work on the link between giving and personal joy:
Happiness is a cycle: Researchers, Isen and Levin conducted a study which revealed that people were more likely to help others when they were happy; those in a positive mood were also more likely to lend a helping hand to researchers. Similar observations have subsequently been made with children. In another study, Rosenhan et. al. randomly assigned positive or negative mood states to children by asking them to reminisce, talk and think about specific memories. They were then given some candy and money, which they were told they could give away to other children. While both groups of kids consumed more sweets than the control group, the happy children gave larger amounts of money to other children. As is the case with adults, similar positive mood states (achieved through a sense of competence or success) resulted in greater giving.
Happy people have been found to help others more in many contexts, including the work context: In one study, inexperienced workers with more positive moods and outlooks were found to be more likely to go the extra mile when helping customers by trying hard to find what the customer was looking for, and making a greater effort to provide quality customer service.
Giving also makes us happier: In an excellent report on giving, L. Anik et.al. run through the most useful recent studies on the subject. One study mentioned, carried out in 2007 showed that when persons donated money to a food bank, the ventral striatum region of their brain was activated. The This area of the brain is involved in the experience of pleasure and reward, showing that giving does inherently make us happier. In Germany, meanwhile, Meier and Stutzer (2006) showed that those who performed volunteer work had greater life satisfaction. The study is vital because it shows that giving doesn’t always have to be about money. Sharing one’s time by making blankets or toys for needy children, for instance, is an equally important way to make a difference.
Giving is good for young and old alike: One particularly touching study involved elderly retired volunteers and infants. In this study, 10 elder volunteers with a mean age of 70 years were asked to massage infants at a nursery three times weekly for a period of three weeks. The elderly were also given massages at other times in the week. The researchers sought to observe the different effects caused by giving and receiving. The scientists found that “immediately after the first- and last-day sessions of giving massages, the elder retired volunteers had less anxiety and depression and lower stress hormones (salivary cortisol) levels. Over the three-week period, depression… decreased and lifestyle and health improved. These effects were not as strong for the three-week period when they received massage.” This is a particularly strong indication of the bond human beings share – the love for children and the need to care for others are almost universal feelings that we can fulfill by giving.
Volunteering and giving keeps awakens us to current problems facing society: When donate blankets, art supplies or toys, or volunteer our time to entertain children or the elderly, we begin to fully realize the vulnerability of the human condition. ‘There, for the grace of God, go you or I’ is a saying many volunteers repeat to themselves when faced with the devastation caused by poverty, HIV, and disease, not only in our area of the world, but in third world countries as well. As we meet other volunteers and patients, we share and discover vital information such as the link between poverty and STDs, heart disease and Type II diabetes; or the devastating child poverty rate, even in so-called affluent countries. In this way, volunteering stops us from turning a blind eye to social problems and opens our eyes to the important role we can play in helping even just one person – with a little help, maybe that one well-fed, warm and happy child will one day change the world.
So….GET HAPPY! Get involved. Clean out your closets for a good cause!
Added to this article by President Carol Green/Relief Share:
Here are some of the items needed – go through the list, pick some, and send them to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd., Houston, MO 65483-2225. Be sure to include your shipping information so we can send you a tax deductible receipt/thank you letter! We appreciate you!!
Baby Items: diapers, receiving blankets, sleepers, hats, booties, onesies, outfits, pants, tops, socks, swaddlers, baby cocoons, hygiene items (like soap, diaper cream, baby wash, q-tips, cotton balls, washcloths), diaper bags, soft toys, quilts, afghans, etc
Children’s items: clothing, toys, books, coloring books and crayons, videos, hair accessories, video games (these goes to the hospital to keep kids occupied when spending long periods immobilized after surgery), soap, shampoo, conditioner, food (yes, many of our children don’t get enough to eat) – healthy snacks or Wal Mart gift cards for our volunteer shoppers to go get what is needed, such as milk, bread, cheese, oatmeal, basic fruits and vegetables etc. Quilts, afghans, etc
Adult Items: Clothing, quilts, afghans, books, hair items – brushes, combs, curling or straight irons (for women who are in homeless shelters or crisis centers due to domestic violence trying to get ready to work), hygiene items, washcloths, towels, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, conditioner, food (basic healthy food items are great, WalMart gift cards for our volunteer shoppers to get what is needed is wonderful, too). Just think what you would need if you suddenly found yourself homeless and without anything – that is what is needed.
Animals – collars, food, litter, litter boxes, leashes, bedding, toys, flea and tick prevention products. We help a number of animal shelters with donations of needed items when they are donated in.
Supplies for volunteers to work with to make some of the items needed:
Knitting & Crochet supplies: knitting machines, yarn, crochet hooks, knitting needles (addi turbo circular knitting needles in all sizes are a huge blessing for our volunteers to use – if you want to pick a size, the 14″ or 16″ length in size 7 is the most popular but we need the smaller sizes, like 5 and 6 for knitting booties and preemie hats, and larger circ needles for afghans are wonderful as well) We can never have enough knitting needles! Stitch markers. Yarn winders are really needed right now! Patterns.
Quilting supplies – fabric, thread, needles, templates, patterns, batting, rotary cutters, mats, etc
Sewing Supplies – fabric, scissors, thread, elastic, velcro, lace, binding, embroidery thread, sewing machines, sergers, fabric cutting machines, etc.
Office supplies – paper, labels, price tags (for our flea market booth), post it notes, pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, computers, speakers, printers, copiers, digital cameras. We have more than one location and when a machine breaks, it slows down the work.
Our dear volunteers and donors: Thank you for everything you do – from sharing your smile with someone to giving of your time to sew, knit, crochet or simply spread the word. We love all our volunteers who share their time, efforts, funds and love to make the lives of God’s sick and needy better. Volunteers unselfishly drive our donations to where they need to go, spend time going to flea markets and yard sales to try to get what is needed to stretch our dollars, people who spend countless hours listing and shipping charity auctions on ebay for us, and wonderful people like Eve Pearce who wrote this article for us to help others understand what it is that Relief Share does to make the world a better place is what makes the miracle of love happen. Thank you so much!
Relief Share volunteers have been knitting, crocheting, tatting, sewing, serging, embroidering, shopping and working hard to make sure the needs of those in crisis who are sick or indigent are met. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, let the following picture write a book for you
All of these items have been donated out to the Emergency Room at the hospital, 2 Medical Clinics, 2 Churches, 1 Food Pantry, 1 Old Folks Home, and various families for their children. A huge thank you to all the donors and volunteers who made these miracles happen.
There are smiles on the faces of Relief Share volunteers and donors when we take donations to the hospital obstetrical unit and emergency room. It’s fun knowing that a child will grin and giggle over the fun toys, books, and comfort items in the emergency room. It is also wonderful to know that a baby will get a good start in life with warm clothing and bedding provided by strangers who care and love them.
It is appropriate that the soft toys were donated by Memories and Dreams in Houston, MO. Dawn loves to help and is invaluable when it comes to providing for the sick and needy. The books were donated by caring members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Houston Ward, St Robert Stake, Missouri.
Together we all make a wonderful difference in the lives of God’s neediest children. Thank you to everyone who participated in this donation.
Relief Share received a wonderful donation of handmade items for our sick and needy families we serve. E. V. made a gorgeous baby sweater and hat, baby cocoon and hat, mittens and hat and an afghan. It is obvious that a lot of love and care went into making these essential items for those in crisis who need them. Thank you so much!
A huge thank you to Dottie S, who donated her beautiful Fostoria vase to Relief Share when she heard we needed funds to buy fabric to make twin size quilts for Shriners Childrens Hospital.
Relief Share listed the beautiful vase as a charity fundraiser on Ebay. An ebay buyer, who knows how important charity work is, emailed us with an offer and purchased it. She paid immediately through paypal.
One of our volunteers, Laura B. , called us to let us know there was a Fabric Liquidation sale in town. The sale was only on for two days at rock bottom prices. The purchase of the vase happened at the perfect time for Relief Share to get the much needed fabric for the twin size patchwork quilts at a good price.
The sale of the vase resulted in yards and yards of wonderful 100% cotton fabric for our compassionate service work! The Lord blesses those who are doing their best to help others. We are grateful for the “miracle of the vase”!
Relief Share is making 240 much needed twin size patchwork quilts for sick and needy children who are undergoing medical treatment, including serious surgeries. We have received generous donations towards this project and since January 1, 2013 have donated 44 twin size quilts but still have 196 more to make. Each quilt takes approx 12 yards of fabric, 6 yards of batting, thread and yarn.
So, what can one donation do? With the economy of heaven and the heartfelt work of dedicated volunteers working to maximize donation funds – one donation can do plenty. Just ask the children that will be comforted and snuggled under the patchwork twin size quilts donated to the hospital by Relief Share what your donation means! Everyone’s efforts make a difference!
Do you want to help with the quilts needed for the children in hospital? We hope so – we still have a lot more quilts to make. Please send fabric to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225 or send something we can sell to raise the funds to get the batting, thread, fabric and yarn to tie the quilts with. If you are able, a paypal donation to firstname.lastname@example.org would be wonderful, too. We accept all kinds of fabric for the quilts – it doesn’t have to be 100% cotton. We send a thank you letter/tax deductible receipt for every donation received so be sure to include your name and mailing information. We are grateful for your help!
Questions? Email us at info@ReliefShare.org
ReliefShare.org thanks Teeny Tears for their recent donation of diapers that were distributed to Missouri hospitals and charity organizations for the sick and needy. May God bless all their volunteers and donors for their compassionate service work.
Teeny Tears Diapers is a service organization of volunteers that provides tiny flannel bereavement diapers to hospitals and bereavement support organizations at no charge for families that have suffered the loss of a preemie or micropreemie child through stillbirth or NICU loss. Project launched November 2011 in loving memory of Dex J Bradshaw.
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
Our Relief Share volunteers have been very busy knitting and crocheting up a storm. Donations have come in from many parts of the country to be combined with items made here at Relief Share’s home office in the Ozarks. Many items to keep babies and families warm have been created with love and prayers to be shared with the sick and needy who appreciate a gift from a stranger to ward off the cold.
Hats, scarves and other items can mean the difference between staying healthy and getting sick. It can also mean the difference between a simple cold and pneumonia or worse. In more desperate circumstances, it can even mean the difference between life and death. Babies need their strength to heal and grow and a warm baby hat and cocoon can mean everything to a struggling family bringing home a preemie baby from the intensive care.
Relief Share is donating 50 handmade knitted hats, and many scarves and other items to the crisis center for the sick and needy, so the Thanksgiving and Christmas season will be a little warmer with love from the heart and hands of strangers who cared enough to spend their time, talents and resources on those who are in desperate circumstances and need help.
A heartfelt THANKS to all the wonderful donors and volunteers working with Relief Share to make the miracle of love and warmth happen for those who need us this season.
If you would like to help knit and crochet to help the sick and needy, feel free to use your own patterns and make hats, scarves, mittens, cocoons and sweaters in any size and any type of yarn – there is always someone waiting for your items as we address the needs at a number of hospitals, homeless shelters, crisis centers, medical clinics, churches etc across the country.
Send your donations to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225. We always send a thank you letter/tax deductible receipt with each donation received, so be sure to include your name and address for us to thank you properly We are so grateful for your love in action. If you would like to donate yarn, knitting and crochet supplies and tools, please do – we will love you for it!
President Carol Green
Email me – I would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.
Relief Share volunteers soften the blow for the sick and needy through making and donating handmade patchwork quilts.
Ray Cox, a long time volunteer, lost his sweet wife, Debbie, last year to cancer. Dealing with pain and medical complications, Ray continued to reach out and help others, even through his own loss and trials. Relief Share volunteers Carol and Ashley Green bought some of the fabric and Linda and Gary Smith added more fabric and sewed and quilted two gorgeous quilts for Ray, one for him and one for his 2 year old granddaughter, Amber.
Ray was absolutely thrilled with the warm quilts, calling them ‘perfect’, he expressed his sincere gratitude for the love shown for him and blessing of warm quilts that are very much appreciated for his family.
Gary and Linda Smith are professional quilt makers. Linda pieces and sews the quilts and Gary machine quilts them. Their generosity through Relief Share is a definite asset as the weather gets colder and warm quilts are needed to keep newborn babies and their families snuggled away from the cold. Gary and Linda also work in our Relief Share Flea Market booths, donated by H & K Flea Market across from the Houston Fairgrounds – to help Relief Share get the funds needed to make more quilts and buy supplies needed.
Relief Share stocks storage shelves at Texas County Memorial Hospital with baby quilts, receiving blankets, clothing, booties, nursing pillows, and pacifiers to make sure that all babies born with needs are given essential items to go home with. We also address needs all across the nation, helping homeless shelters, crisis centers, individuals and families where ever the need is with the help of those who are ready, willing and able to donate time, talents, funds and supplies.
If you would like to help, please send donations to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225 or email info@ReliefShare.org for more information. Many hands make light work and glorify our Father in Heaven as we obey his commandments to serve one another.
Relief Share volunteers and donors have been very busy lately. Just like the elves who helped the shoemakers as they slept, there have been many hearts and hands anxiously engaged in a good cause – working hard quietly and efficiently to be the answer to fervent prayer from those who need help. God answers many prayers through those who serve him here below.
Donations out recently include:
Over 80 items donated to Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri today (Saturday, June 2, 2012) – baby hats, soft toys, diapers, wipes, baby lotion, baby bath, baby shampoo, nursing covers, preemie clothing, newborn and 0-3 month clothing and more. It was wonderful to hear that our donations are important to the hospital. One nurse expressed gratitude for the preemie clothes we brought, she said that there was a little 4 pound baby born recently who needed the clothing. It makes us feel good to be able to help one of God’s tiniest children.
A donation for a tiny baby girl - soon to be born: afghans, blankets, cocoons, a soft toy, and clothing.
Baby girl - afghans, onesies, sleepers, socks, hats, swaddlers, toys, bottles, pacifiers, receiving blankets, quilts and stuffties.
Baby boy – soft scratch mitts, soft knitted woven toy balls.
An non profit organization who helps the sick and needy: fabric, sewing supplies, knitting supplies. (Yes, we share our supplies
Newborns in Need Ozarks Chapter, Missouri – yarn and flannel
Newborns in Need Springfield Chapter, Missouri - clothing, fabric, sewing supplies, PUL for diaper covers, velcro, elastic, fold over elastic – 6 garbage bags full.
Texas County Food Pantry, Missouri – a big box and large bag of children’s and adults clothing, household articles for needy.
St Vincent de Paul - 11 baby swaddler cocoons, teddy bears for sick and needy children.
St Lukes Hospital – teddy bears, stuffed animals, baby clothing, baby blankets
Donation to single mom for baby girl – stuffed animals, receiving blankets and sewing supplies to make her daughter items needed.
Donation to family of needed clothing, household items , supplies and household machines.
Deseret Industries – LDS Humanitarian - baby clothing, adult clothing, household items, toys, books
Donation to a church of knitting needles and yarn for their ladies to make items to for preemie and newborn sick and needy babies in hospital.
These are not all of the donations given but a sample of what has been recently donated to let you know what types of activities Relief Share helps with. Other donations have been given to families in need of food, clothing, bedding and essentials, also donations given for animals that need help. Pet blankets and supplies for pet blankets have been donated to the Animal Shelter.
We seek to alleviate suffering and lack where ever it may be. We try to do what Jesus would do in the same situation.
May God bless all that have been so generous with their time, talents, funds and skills to help those who need care, love and temporal items. It is the synergy of working together that makes miracles happen.
We welcome all to the Relief Share ‘family’, regardless of color, creed, belief or any real or imagined barriers or boundaries. In God’s world, in the real world of unconditional love, you are one of us if you want to be…..so want to be
Relief Share is here with open arms to share our love, caring, workload and satisfying activities.
We have been asked what type of donations Relief Share accepts. Answer? Everything and anything. Just think about what you would need if a disaster hit, if you lost your job, if your baby was born too early and struggled for life with your family finances totally drained in simply keeping your son or daughter alive. What would you need if a flood washed away your home, if you had lived in Joplin and the tornado took your car and tossed it into a tree – ripped off the roof of your house and while you struggle to accept the reality of destruction around you, find out your wife, husband or son or daughter was taken home to heaven at the same time.
What would you want, what would you need, how would you cope? Relief Share provides food, clothing, bedding, toys for children to make horrible situations tolerable, tiny clothing for burial of little ones who needed just one last outfit to be snuggled in before the last goodbye. We provide sewing, crochet and knitting supplies to mothers who have the skill to make the items their family needs but don’t have the supplies to do it with. It’s hard to sew when your sewing machine was snatched up by a tornado or melted in the fire. Last year, with the help of two donors, we were able to place a number of sewing machines, knitting machines and sergers where they were most needed – even to the extent of doing without ourselves until a donor replaced our work day sewing machines and sergers with more after they learned we donated ours out for more immediate emergencies.
We share. You share. Those who care share and we sacrifice to help others. That is what life is really supposed to be like if we all want to live in peace and happiness. We give Relief through Sharing – love in action and we do it with your help.
Look around your home, clean out your closets for a good cause. Don’t need it, don’t want it? We can guarantee you that some one needs what you have. Put it in a box – or boxes – and ship it or bring it to Relief Share 6078 Lundy Road, Houston, MO 65483-2225.
We have been here for 20 years helping the sick and needy through non profits and will continue to be the help God sends to the sick and needy with you May your days be as blessed as you bless the lives of others. Thank you.
Love and hugs,
Carol C Green
non profit charity – all donations are tax deductible
Debra Cox was a marvelous sweetheart who loved the babies and children everywhere. She put her love in action by doing marvelous charity work to make sure the sick and needy had warm clothes and bedding and essential items necessary for a great start in life for God’s tiniest and most helpless children.
Relief Share misses our beloved friend and volunteer – Debbie’s kind heart was felt over the miles and throughout the day as we pondered her kindness and generosity she shared with everyone with the help of her supportive husband, Ray. Heaven needed another angel and Debbie is probably very busy being God’s angel watching over babies for him.
Ray has kept her love alive and her good works continuing by his donations to Relief Share . Just recently he made a marvelous (and much needed donation) of a large amount of gorgeous fabric that is being used to make baby blankets, comfort lovey blankets, infant clothing, soft toys and more.
With the economy taking it’s toll on the ability of folks to donate, fabric donations are becoming essential for us to continue our charitable efforts. Ray knows and understands just how important donations are to help Relief Share answer God’s call the bless the lives of his most helpless little ones.
Ray also shared Debbie’s sewing supplies and machines with us so more volunteers have the tools and supplies they need to get involved. I know the angels are doing high fives, with Debbie in the lead, as they see Ray continuing to move the work forward and helping to turn tragedy into triumph in the lives of those who have great need and now are swaddled in beautiful warm baby quilts and have the necessary clothing to sustain life.
A letter from one of the hospitals we donate to stated: “your gift of baby items allowed us to send a baby home with all the necessities needed, a baby that previously had nothing - what a huge blessing, thank you. Your donation arrived just in the nick of time for that little one!” It is thank you letters like that, inspiring and motivating hearts and hands, that confirm the holy work we do for God.
Our hearts are full, we can never express enough gratitude for Ray Cox and his continuing love and help for the babies, done in memorium of our beloved Debbie. Usually, when someone passes, we say ‘rest in peace’, but we know Debbie – she is very very busy happily engaged in her calling as an angel helping everyone where ever she can. May we all live up to her standards and be happy in the life that God has given us.
If you are struggling and suffering and need a blessing, take a leaf from Debbie’s book and reach out to bless others. Debbie struggled with the cancer that finally took her life, but she lived life to the fullest and enriched the lives of all she came in contact with. That is the key – forget yourself and give your troubles to God (he wants you to and he is up 24/7 anyway) and after you have helped others and returned to your own troubles, you will find they are a lot less and easier to manage.
God bless you Ray – and God bless Debbie – we know you are there helping in the best way possible.
Love and hugs
Tomorrow is a big day. I was a bit worried about it but now everything is going to be just fine.
I have two big work meetings tomorrow and one of them needed more sewing machines than are available. It is frustrating to me to see ladies waiting in line for a chance to help sew what is needed but not enough machines to go around. The Lord knows what we need, who has it and who is willing to help his sick and needy children and take action.
Just in the nick of time, two sewing machines were delivered and will be taken to the morning work meeting so there will be enough machines. I am so relieved and VERY happy. When I let the other volunteers know that two more machines arrived, they were so excited and now instead of not getting any sleep trying to figure out how to cycle the volunteers around on the machines better, I am happily looking forward to seeing the huge auditorium filled with hustle and bustle making all kinds of marvelous things tomorrow at the LDS Stake Humanitarian work meeting.
A huge thank you to our Relief Share guardian angel – I know the angels in heaven are doing high fives over her love and support for God’s most helpless children. The morning work meeting is only once a month and now we have machines that the ladies can take home during the month to keep working.
The afternoon work meeting is going to be pretty thrilling, too. When I went to the service room on Tuesday we had a serious shortage of fabric and yarn and NO batting for quilts. One of the directors on the Relief Share board and myself worked hard last night to get a van load full of fabric and yarn ready for other LDS Humanitarian volunteers to pick up this morning and take over to the service room ready for tomorrow. It cleaned out pretty much everything I had, even all the reserves, but its going to be awesome tomorrow to see the room bustling with activity and lots of warm hats, scarves, mittens, quilts, knitted balls, clothing and bedding being made. We also have volunteers with cars and trucks ready to do donation runs as the boxes fill up with finished goods. The boxes that are shipped to Relief Share are distributed immediately to the most urgent needs.
I have to say that I am exhausted. It’s been full steam ahead since I hit the ground running when I arrived in Boise, ID less than a week ago after being in Misssouri for 4 1/2 months, and I am hoping for a wee break on Sunday as I sit in church quietly knitting and listening to more direction from God from the pulpit. I love getting my batteries recharged. The little baby hat I knitted in church is already on a baby’s head being used LOL.
Charity work is marvelous and I am so grateful for all the wonderful donors and volunteers that make this world a better place.
One of the reasons why Relief Share is so effective is we work with other charities and the synergism is amazing – so many more sick and needy receive the help they need. One of our very favorite organizations we love to work with is LDS Humanitarian Services. If you have activities in your area going on at the LDS Church, get involved. It’s amazing what hearts bound in the same charitable service can do – miracles happen.
If you want to help –
6078 Lundy Rd,
Houston, MO 65483-2225
- send a box of supplies for our volunteers to make what is needed. Fabric, yarn, sewing, serging, quilting, knitting, crochet, tatting, embroidery and other supplies are needed.
All donations are acknowledged with a thank you letter and tax deductible receipt.
President Carol Green,
This entry in our Relief Share blog is bringing attention to the needs of those who are dealing with lack. When we think that an item will be used for a specific purpose, those who have not may use it for our intended purposes, but also have the creativity and inventiveness to re-purpose it for other needs.
We were charmed to see what our Relief Share knitted hat wound up being used for by a sweet little girl who innocently showed us that there are different ways to look at and use the same things. Thinking outside the box allowed her to spend happy hours caring for her baby doll in a soft cuddly bunting pod, and when it gets cold, she can immediately pop the baby dolls ‘bed’ on her head for a cute warm hat to protect her head from the chilly weather. I guess you could look at it this way – warm weather, it’s a dolly bed – cold weather, it’s a hat.
If you would like to donate knitted or crocheted hats to help the sick and needy, feel free to use your own patterns or email us at info@ReliefShare.org for our pattern shown above.
Hugs to you – may your heart always be warm, your tummy full and you be willing to help others when the spirit of God touches you to do so.
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225
How does the title for this Relief Share blog post hit you? That tells you how long and hard we have been searching the net to find a very simple quick log cabin quilt block pattern – one that beginners and experts alike will love.
This is a very fast and easy pattern to do. The two best websites we found tutorial patterns on are these:
This quilt can be made very easily with strips of fabric. If you want to do a quilt-as-you-go quilt, sew the block on a backing of muslin with batting on top and use binding to put the squares together. This method is used in the Quilt in a Day quilt books that can be bought on half.com – one of my all time favorite quilting books by Eleanor Burns, a marvelous expert quilter:
Use a jelly roll (strips of fabric you can purchase at Wal Mart or other fabric stores) or use up the left over fabric you have from other projects. Your serger and rotary cutter can make sewing this quilt even faster and easier.
Relief Share has been blessed with very generous donations of fabric and supplies this past week. Ray Cox has sent many boxes of bolts of quilting fabric that are already being made up into quilts for the sick and needy. Books and a rotary rulers were also included in his boxes of love honoring his sweet wife, Debra. Her legacy of love for the sick and needy goes on through Ray’s continuing efforts to answer God’s call to help the helpless and lift up the hearts and hands that hang down from trial and adversity. The smiles on the faces of mothers who now have warm quilts and clothing for their precious bundles are the badges of honor shining brightly to mark Debra and Ray’s hard work and dedication to alleviate suffering and bless the lives of the sick and and needy.
Our Relief Share angel, who wishes to remain anonymous, sent a lovely box of orange and red quilters fabric that our volunteers fell in love with. This sweet angel seems to have a direct pipeline to heaven and manages to time her donations perfectly depending on what the most urgent need is. A box of yarn arrived from Placentia, California that is just perfect for our baby hats, cocoons, and layettes. Other donations of lace, ribbon, and sewing, knitting, crochet and serging tools also arrived to help us move forward faster with our charity work.
If you would like to help the sick and needy, please send donations to 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225. The greatest need is in Boise at this time so that is the preferred address to ship to. Most of the need in Houston is for baby items and hygiene goods, in Boise we are helping families and a larger number of people. All times of any kind – new or gently used is gratefully accepted. Clean out your closets for a good cause. All donations are tax deductible as Relief Share is a 501 (c) 3 non profit charity registered with the IRS.
May God bless you as you bless others
Carol C Green
As we go about our daily lives, we need to remember those whose lives were torn from them in the tornado. It’s not over for them. One step in front of the other, one minute at a time – they need our continued love and support.
Thank you to all of you who are sending batting, clothing, hygiene items and sewing supplies to Relief Share.
Our Relief Share volunteers are working around the clock to make quilts to keep folks warm – in many cases that is all the bedding they have.
We are also making baby taggie comfort blankets and can use all widths of ribbon at least 4″ wide (a great way to use up the left overs from crafting).
Supplies needed: Quilt batting – queen size or larger (we can cut it down for smaller sizes when needed). Fabric – cotton (great for the all purpose, all ages, quilts), knit, minky, chenille, flannel, velour (think soft and cuddly for the babies and small children), ribbon – wide, medium and narrow widths for burial gowns and taggie blankets for babies, sewing and serger thread, yarn for baby cocoons, blankets and hats, knitting and crochet needles, quilting supplies, hygiene items like shampoo, soap, deodorant, combs, brushes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc, tote bags for refugees, baby clothing, diapers, bottles, pacifiers (anything a baby needs). Anything you send will be put to good use. All donations are tax deductible.
May God bless everyone and keep them safe and comforted.
Carol Green – info@ReliefShare.org – you can help!
donation shipping address:
If you wish to donate funds to help with purchasing what is needed for the sick and afflicted, our paypal address is info@ReliefShare.org – please make a note of your email address so we can send you a thank you letter and tax deductible receipt.
Relief Share maximizes our efforts by working with other established charities. Many times we have what they need to provide for the sick and needy and there are many benefits to working together to be able to reach out farther and more efficiently to meet the needs of those who are in crisis, sick or needing help.
Recently Relief Share volunteers have been thrilled to work with LDS Humanitarian Services, and we invite all to come & enjoy the blessings of service at the work room in Boise, Idaho. The work room is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm and is always filled with happy productive volunteers guided by the kind & knowledgeable director, Karol Stokes. You will be sure to have a wonderful experience knitting, sewing, serging & quilting for the sick & needy.
We received two large shipments of batting recently – the first donation was 90 yards of batting and was used within 1 1/2 hours. The wonderful donors who gave so generously of their funds to relieve the suffering of those who need their help are such a blessing to the sick and needy. Thank you so much to those who are putting their love in action.
Relief Share just delivered another large shipment of batting on Thursday and it won’t last much longer. More batting is on the way…and we need more still. With the tornadoes, natural disasters and needs of the refugees, homeless and those in crisis – quilts are very important.
If you would like to donate batting (90″ wide is best), please ship it to:
6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225
If you would like to donate funds to purchase batting, we have donated coupons to get the batting at cheaper pricing. We accept cash, checks, money orders, credit cards and paypal. Paypal donations can be sent to info@ReliefShare.org – if you need more information or assistance in making a donation, please email us at info@ReliefShare.org
Pictures speak a thousand words – here are the pictures of the batting donations we received and pictures of the LDS Humanitarian Work rooms where we love to spend most of our time working on behalf of the sick and needy.
Here are some of the volunteers and the quilts they have made for the sick and needy. What wonderful caring people, it is a pleasure to work with them and feel of their love for all of God’s children.
Relief Share believes in ‘love in action’. For many of us, that means a lot of different things. Some of the ways we show love are by honoring those who we love and care for, doing good for them and helping them. We show love to our neighbors by serving them and treating them as we would have them treat us – with kindness. We show our love for our fellow men by setting a good example and sharing what we have with them.
Who is our neighbor, our fellow man? Acts 17:26 says “And [He] hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.” God has made of one blood all of the nations of the earth, we are one family – our brothers and sisters and our neighbors. Jesus has told us that we should ‘love one another’ and that we should even love our enemies. This means to love everyone (though not partaking of their sins) but loving them enough to help when help is needed.
We learn to love by forgetting ourselves and by doing good things for other people. We learn to love those we serve. Love is the sugar of life. The more love we have in our lives and the farther we extend our love to others, the sweeter and more agreeable live becomes.
We would like to recognize some of the people who are the sweet sugar in the lives of those who need help. Their donations have been a huge blessing to many.
Janet – your donation of supplies, fabric, yarn and ongoing support have helped the babies in hospitals, homeless shelters, crisis centers, medical centers, foster homes and refugee shelters. You have literally helped thousands of children, there is a special star in heaven for you.
Marianne and Michael – the beautiful little crocheted preemie blankets cover many tiny babies in the hospital. There is so much love crocheted into every single afghan. What a blessing your kindness is to the babies and their families.
Natalie – 41 pounds of the most gorgeous cone yarn is being made into baby cocoons, baby blankets, afghans, chemo hats, layettes, soft toys and sweaters. What a generous and much needed donation. Thank you so much.
Kathorine – gorgeous baby quilts, lovely soft warm cuddly baby cocoons, supplies, incredible alpaca yarn and fibre, drop spindles, amazing gifts of love. Some of the alpaca yarn you sent has been made into the most darling sweater for a little toddler, it is so soft and cuddly. The baby items have been donated out to refugees from Haiti and Africa and to the local hospitals and shelters. So much love is stitched into every baby quilt, you are greatly appreciated.
Terry – gorgeous brand new snow suits for those who are shivering and cold. It is a precious daughter of God who would think of those in other climates when our own climate becomes warmer, the 8 snow suits have gone out to Japan, where the weather turned colder after the tsunami and mothers huddled with tiny babies needing warm clothing. Now you know that 8 of them are warm and snuggly because of your love! The beautiful little preemie sleepers have been donated to the sick and needy along with the other gifts you have sent!
Gina – your pacifiers came just in time. A little girl was upset as her last paci went missing. Tears turned to smiles as the pretty paci that was just the right shape was popped in her mouth and a huge hug of thank you given. (I love it when I get the hugs from the children we love so much The donated yarn and fabric is being made into dresses, diaper bags, totes, soft toys, blankets, quilts, baby carriers, cocoons, hats, jumpers and clothing for the children. Some of our volunteers don’t have supplies or means to get them, but are happy to give service and sew, knit, crochet, tat, serge and craft for the sick and needy.
Jennifer & Kurt – the computer parts and laptop tote bag you donated was gratefully accepted by a sweet blind man. Household goods, clothing and toys have been donated to LDS Humanitarian Services, Idaho Thrift Ranch, NAC, the hospital, and needy individuals. Cleaning out your closets for a good cause and donating your excess is a beautiful way to share with those who need what you have. Thank you so much.
Kathleen – Not only did you donate much needed yarn, but you went the extra mile and sent squares for our volunteers to crochet together into afghans to snuggle the babies and needy in love. What a wonderful thing to do!
Marla – Oh, Marla, you are so unselfish and kind. Thank you so much for your ongoing love and very generous gifts that bless so many lives. Words escape me as I attempt to express my personal gratitude for decades of service, support and donations. I would pray that God would walk with you but I already knows he is there for every step you take. Your donations of your mother’s sewing and craft supplies on her passing are such a huge blessing to so many people.
There are so many more donors and volunteers – it is impossible to thank them all, but know that each and every act of kindness and generosity is recorded by the angels and carefully noticed by our Heavenly Father who loves us all. Please accept a very grateful thank you from all of us at Relief Share and know that we are glad you are on our team.
So many lives count on the kindness and generosity of others, each act of kindness is like a tiny drop of water that ripples out on the pond of life. Know that God loves each one of us, know that YOU matter (even if your name was not mentioned here, it is certainly recorded in our records and engraved on the heart that matters).
What kind of help is needed?
Donations of yarn (all kinds) , sewing supplies, knitting needles, crochet hooks, tatting shuttles and needles, sewing machines, sergers, spinning wheels, yarn winders, scissors, cutting boards, rotary cutters, fabric (all kinds), patterns, craft supplies, beads, embroidery floss, unfinished kits (these are used to help teach the youth, young mothers and aged crafting skills).
Donations of office supplies – stamps (a big need), paper, pens, pencils, markers, post it notes, etc.
Donations of funds – this is used to help with medical expenses for the sick, purchasing supplies that are not donated, shipping and other urgent cases.
Donations of finished goods: baby clothing, afghans, blankets, household goods, pacifiers, bottles, formula, diapers (cloth or disposable), hygiene items (soap, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair brushes, toiletries, baby diaper rash lotion, etc), diaper bags, tote bags, walker bags, lap robes, chemo hats. Everything can be new or gently used. These are just a few items mentioned. There is no donation we turn away, we have a place for all that is donated in.
Donations of items for fundraising. Please state that the items you are sending are to be used for fundraising. Unless specifically stated, all donations are used directly for the sick and needy.
Questions or comments?
President Carol Green
Relief Share has been busy turning donations into items that are needed. Marla P, and her dad, generously donated yarn, polar fleece, sleepers and more from her mother’s craft closet and UFO bins after her sweet mother passed away. We used some of her yarn and yarn from LDS Humanitarian Services to knit up this sweet baby afghan and hat that will be taken to the work meeting and donated Thursday.
Recently we have received pretty quilted fabric from Gina, beautiful crocheted afghans and more from Roberta, baby clothes from Carolyn, baby items from Jennifer, and preemie baby afghans from Michael & Marianne. Laura, Gini and Tamara also donated very much needed items. Thank you so much!
It is lots of fun using all the colorways and different types of yarn to make into fun baby items. The sleepers Marla donated are already out and being used by two sweet babies who needed to be snuggled and warm., as is the baby items that Jennifer donated. Donations come in and go out pretty quickly at Relief Share.
After the afghans are knitted, we wash them in Tide free and clear laundry detergent to make sure they are nice and clean for the little ones who will use it – each afghan has a matching hat for a newborn as well.
The yarn in this afghan was Caron Simply Soft, Red Heart and some other worsted weight yarn in pretty colors.
The interesting thing about this baby afghan was that I worked on it at night and thought I had matched up the greens in the middle of the afghan.
You can clearly see in the picture that the greens don’t match at all. One is a warm green and the other is a cool green. I bet the baby who gets this afghan won’t mind at all
If you have left over yarn from projects, please consider donating them for us to work with to help the children and their families in the hospital, crisis centers, and homeless shelters. We are also working on projects for children in foster homes that we need donated fabric for.
All donations are very much appreciated and acknowledged with a thank you letter and tax receipt.
We accept donations of all kinds, types and sizes and love being creative in using it to the best advantage for those we serve.
706 Hwy 17 N (Box 421)
Houston, MO 65483
Jump right in, the more the merrier! Together, we can give relief through sharing. It’s our love in action
President Carol Green
Relief Share news:
A beautiful donation of 3 lovely granny square baby quilts came in the mail from Marianne C. for our sick and needy preemie babies we serve. Marianne is a wonderful caring senior who loves to make crocheted preemie blankets. Her husband visits her at the nursing home every day and when she had finished blankets to donate, he mails them to us for the babies.
Our sincere condolences to Marla P on the passing of her beloved mother. Recently we received a donation from Marla and her mother of baby items and supplies. In the box was a donation of diapers that Marla’s mother asked to be donate to a baby. Those diapers have already been donated out to a grateful family in need. We are thankful for the blessing Marla and her mother has been, for years, to the sick and needy we serve.
The Houston Herald www.houstonherald.com published a wonderful article on Relief Share with 2 large pictures and a letter to the editor of a thank you letter from the local hospital in Houston, MO.
Two donations went out to the hospital of baby blankets, pacifiers, formula, baby cocoons, dolls and preemie receiving blankets.
Many donations for needy families were picked up at the local Relief Share offices in Houston, MO.
Relief Share is headed for Boise this week to participate in a baby quilt drive at a work meeting on Feb 22nd.
Donations can be sent to:
Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225. All donations are tax deductible and a thank you letter will be sent out with the receipt.
Machinery – knitting machines, Kris Krafter garter bars, sewing machines, sergers, knitting machine claw weights, 8mm cast on combs
Supplies: yarn, sewing and serger thread, fabric – all kinds (most used is cotton or cotton blend woven, flannel, minky, ultra suede, knit, chenille, PUL, kids print – think soft, think baby)
Items: baby clothing – undershirts, onesies, sleepers, pants, tops, gowns, christening gowns, booties, socks, shoes, jackets, sweaters, etc
Baby blankets, afghans, receiving blankets, baby hygiene items such as shampoo, lotion, diaper cream, baby oil, baby gel. Toys, learning items, rattles, combs and brushes, pacifiers, bottles, diapers (cloth and disposable), etc.
We are also collecting and donating sample or small size soap, shampoo, lotion, mouthwash, toothpaste, and other personal items that can be given to hospital patients or family members staying at the hospital with patients. These type of items go to Shriners Hospital and shelters. When you are traveling, please save the soaps, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and other toiletries you don’t use and mail them to Relief Share to donate.
Questions or comments:
Ever wonder “how tiny is tiny” when we are talking about the preemie babies we make things for? A picture speaks a thousand words and this beautiful baby takes our breath away as we see his Daddy’s hand measured up against him. How tiny is tiny? REALLY tiny. Really perfect, really sweet and this little one is no different from thousands of other teeny tiny babies in that he has completely captured our hearts.
In less than one second, eyes are riveted to the picture and hearts committed to helping clothe and snuggle Mason in warm clothing and blankets. That is the power of ‘baby love’ that drives the volunteers at Relief Share.
Thank you to the volunteers who quickly responded to the call to action.
A package went out priority post for Mason filled with all kinds of goodies:
1 preemie afghan
2 crocheted incubator/carriage covers
1 blue outfit
3 preemie tops
4 preemie sleepers
1 preemie jacket
1 preemie snuggler cape
8 washcloths/also used for burp cloths and change pads for preemies
1 baby gown
1 baby bracelet
a number of knitted preemie baby hats
2 teddy bears
1 pair preemie booties
2 baby swaddling cocoons
pkg of 20 preemie disposable diapers
2 to a pk of bottle insulators
There was a lot of love put into this package.
The crocheted incubator covers were made by a precious little old lady in a old folks home in Missouri. Her husband travels 2 hours EVERY DAY to go see her and pick up what she has made to donate to us. She loves the preemies and continues to crochet for them on an ongoing basis.
I made the cocoons from a gorgeous baby blue sweater (this president loves to roll up her sleeves and participate) donated by the local Food Pantry to help us with supplies through recycling. The soft cocoons will keep Mason snuggly warm and comforted as it is like being back in the womb again.
The gown was sewn by a volunteer and has a matching crocheted hat that another volunteer made, they are from West Virginia. The bracelet was made by a third volunteer and the white blanket and booties by another.
The preemie clothing is brand new from Wal Mart and bought by yet another volunteer. Everything was donated and worked on with love. Mason has a lot of Relief Share Grannies and Aunties that love him
It is a miracle how all the hands and hearts come together in love to bless the babies and families we serve. No one is paid, we are just happy to help where we can. Now that our care package has gone out to help Mason physically, we will keep him and his family in our prayers He truly is a gift from God.
President Carol Green
PS. If you love babies and want to get involved, it’s as easy as 1, 2 3……
1. Get a cardboard box
2. Fill it with anything a baby might want or need – either finished or purchased items or sewing, quilting, knitting or crocheting supplies. Items can be new or gently used.
3. Stick a label on it to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225 and mail it.
Ta da! Done! You are now one of us, a Relief Share donor and volunteer and also counted in God’s book of heavenly acts on earth
Some of the items a baby needs:
sleepers, gowns, onesies, socks, booties, soft shoes, hats, tops, bottoms, diapers (cloth and disposable), burp cloths, diaper bags, swaddlers, cocoons, blankets, afghans, quilts, stuffed animals, crib bedding (sheets, bumper pads, blankets), moses baskets, cribs, swings, activity mats, rattles, bottles, soothers (pacifiers or dummies), bottle liners and nipples, breast feeding items, breast pumps, diaper lotion, baby shampoo, baby oil, baby bath, baby food, formula, shorties, longies, baby slings, baby carriers, car seats (for safely rules they must be new), play pens, baby music CDs, bassinettes, baby brush and comb, baby chair, bath items. Can you think of more?
Some of the supplies needed:
fabric – all kinds. Minky, chenille, micro fleece, flannel, knit, cotton – think baby!
thread, scissors, pins, quilting rulers, rotary cutters, rotary cutting mat pads, cricut machines and cartridges for quilt appliques, sergers, sewing machines, knitting machines, knitting machine weights, Kris Krafter garter bars for Bond knitting machines, yarn, all kinds, colors and types, elastic, velcro, buttons, zippers, appliques, interfacing, wonder under, knitting needles, crochet needles, tatting shuttles and needles, patterns, pincushions, bias binding, trims, laces, etc.
Clean out your closet for a good cause. Recycle the items you no longer want or need – sweaters and tee shirts become baby cocoons, hats, onesies, gowns and stuffed soft toys. Cut the buttons off of old shirts – they are fun down the front of a sleeper in all colors.
Angels are all around us, and there are very special angels that know just what we need. Then when they know, they give it to us. I thank God daily for my special angels who really care about what is important.
Today, those special angels sent another Ultimate Sweater Knitting Machine and some gorgeous kids print fabric to Relief Share to benefit the sick and needy. The first knitting machine that was sent has been such a huge blessing to the babies at the hospital and in needy families in the Ozarks and around the nation. It’s been used every single day and making voluminous amounts of items for the sick and needy.
Be careful what you pray for – it can be very very good. Just the other day I made a comment that I really wished I had another knitting machine here at this location as I could do twice the work. My angel must have been listening because FEDEX brought a brand new USM – the look on my face must have been priceless when my husband opened the box. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, but I did know to immediately ask God to bless my special Relief Share angel for her goodness and mercy to others.
There were two boxes. As I opened the second box, I knew God had a hand in the choices of fabric this angel had made. They were PERFECT for the children in the hospital and one of the prints was one I had been looking for all over the net and in every fabric store I was in for months and months.
There is a baby carrier/tote that I have been wanting to make for Shriners Childrens Hospital but couldn’t find the fabric. I found this one at the flea market someone made and needed to find the fabric to make it out of.
Take a look at the pictures – the fabric that arrived today is so perfect, you couldn’t get any better! Look at the fabric squares of the little girls – I needed the little girls to match with a fabric square in similar colors below to make the little girl’s skirts. It sounds like it’s not important, but when you are stuck in a hospital bed in a full body cast, and sometimes for months, it is something that keeps your attention and makes you smile, especially if you are just a little girl that doesn’t understand what all the pain and restraints are. This tote bag has a pocket for a baby doll and a pillow for its head and then the tote back portion behind it holds books or toys, maybe a small DVD player and a DVD of something Disney, like Barbie to keep a small child’s attention off the pain and distracted with something else positive.
You just sew a tote bag and sew on a mini quilt on the front of it to make the pocket for the baby to slip in to. Add a piece of narrow elastic on the bottom of the pillow to slip over the baby’s head so it will stay put when being carried by nurses. You can use a soft stuffed dolly or a vinyl and stuffed dolly like the Zapf in the picture. I bet there are mothers or grandmothers on this list that might like to make one for their children
Can’t you just see the smiles on the faces of the children when they see the items made with this wonderful kids print?! I can
Thank you so much, I love my precious Relief Share angels for all they do for others and especially in helping me bless the lives of the sick and needy I love and serve. I can never tell them thank you enough.
They are some of our precious members on the list, they wishes to remain anonymous, but in God’s book of life – their names are written in big bold letters as one of His most precious daughters who listens to the still small voice and answers His call to spread mercy and help where it is needed the most.
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225
At this busy season we don’t always get to post as much as we like as our energies are spent on donations to the sick and needy. The best way we can worship the Saviour and thank him for his love and protection is to show extended kindness and compassion to those around us who need our help.
The past few weeks have been a flurry of activity, with a front page article in the Messenger Houston Herald newspaper sharing some of what we are doing. When our scanner is working again (it’s just fine, I only need to upload the drivers), we will scan in the article to share.
The best and most wonderful event that occurred to uplift the lives of a specific family of the area was a donation from a sweet angel who sacrificed so the little family in need could be raised up from their suffering and worries to enjoy a blessed Christmas.
Donations have been taken to the Medical Clinic, Hospital, 911 office for a burn out family, Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis and to other organizations that help the families. Many boxes have been hand delivered and lots have been mailed across the country to needy individuals and families.
Relief Share is jumping for joy! Our sweet earth angel is at it again, sending us much needed fabric to create the baby and twin size quilts we make and donate to hospitals, crisis centers, homeless shelters and sick and needy individuals around the nation!
Many of our volunteers live under the poverty level themselves, they understand the need for warm bedding and clothing for the children and their families. Hours of selfless dedicated service results in snuggled warm healthier babies and families around the nation. However, these volunteers are not in a position to purchase the supplies needed. That’s where our sweet earth angel comes in.
This precious lady has been carefully and thoughtfully sending what is needed, right in the nick of time, for quite a while now. There is a special place in heaven for her as she has gone over and above in caring for others with her generous donations of essentials for our volunteers to work with. Machines, fabric, thread…….these are just a few of the items she has donated.
She wishes to remain anonymous, and we are careful to respect our volunteers wishes. We would like to thank her publicly for all she has done, and is doing, for our precious and most helpless of God’s children and their families. She is in our hearts and prayers daily as we work with what she has provided.
Many children in Shriners Childrens Hospital, other hospitals, and recipients through crisis center outreaches, as well as individual families have been blessed because of her actions.
May we all be more like her – aware of the needs of others, and willing to step up and help when help is needed. May God walk with her and bless her every day of her life! A huge thank you to her from all of us at Relief Share
What do we make with the supplies provided to us? Quilts, diaper covers, booties, onesies, sleepers, receiving blankets, cocoons, swaddling cloths, mama cloths, x ray garments for the hospital, hospital gowns, soft toys, diaper bags, totes, dresses, pants, afghans, hats, layette sets, sweaters and a lot more. Some of our Relief Share board of directors have expertise in knitting, sewing, crocheting, serging, embroidery, pattern design and are more than willing to offer their services in whatever capacity is needed at the time to take care of God’s sick and needy.
If you would like to donate items (new and gently used items are gratefully accepted), please send them to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225. All donations are tax deductible as we are a 501 (c) 3 charity registered with the IRS. A thank you letter and tax receipt is sent for every donation so be sure to include your name and address
Relief Share, a non profit charity for the sick and needy, received 2 twin size quilts from Bev Flowers (shown in picture attached) representing the UMC Holy Tearers Quilt Group and the Piney River Quilting Guild. The donation was presented to Director Stephanie Little at the local Relief Share office in Houston, Missouri on Oct 19, 2009.
These quilts are a part of a large project being undertaken by Relief Share to fill the need for bedding for the children hospitalized at Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis, Missouri. Many children have been cared for by Shriners Hospital in St Louis at no cost. Since April 30, 2009, Relief Share has donated 99 of the 240 quilts requested by the hospital, 141 twin size quilts are still needed.
Richard and Carol Green, founders of Relief Share, have provided most of the many yards of fabric needed for the quilts, purchased from the Lucky Dollar store in Licking, Missouri at a discount given by business owners to help with the charitable efforts of the community. Two local sisters, who wish to remain anonymous, have purchased and donated most of the batting and spend hundreds of hours sewing and tying many of the quilts. Volunteers combine efforts to create the warm quilts for the sick and needy children being treated at Shriners Childrens Hospital.
All donations are much appreciated and put to immediate use. To donate to the “Relief Share Quilts for Kids” project, visit www.ReliefShare.org or call 417-967-3340 for more information. Fabric, batting and flannel backing are needed as well as those who would like to help sew the quilts together and either tie or quilt them. A total of 141 twin size quilts are still needed.
WOW – we’ve been so busy that we haven’t had time to post to our blog. Here is our report card
- 14 twin size quilts were delivered to our volunteer to take to St Louis Shriners Hospital for Children next week.
- 34 xray shorts were mailed to the hospital
- baby clothing deliveries were made to two organizations – quilts, receiving blankets, toys, etc.
- 2 families received assistance with vital essentials
- donation mailed out to DE of sewing supplies
- donation mailed out to MM of lace, ribbon, and decals for memory boxes for infant death
- donation mailed out to MA of cross stitch projects
- donation mailed out to LP of beads for her project she is working on
- donation mailed out to MG of plastic canvas items for her project she is working on
- donation mailed out to KM of a baby quilt and baby blanket for her little baby girl
- donation given out to KL of baby items for her new baby boy
- we took our sewing machine down to Gammill Sewing Center in West Plains, MO and the wonderful folks there helped us for free and even donated some sewing needles that we badly needed. They also digitized the logo we were working on for one of the hospitals. They are super folks and we strongly recommend them to anyone who wants quality machines and unexcelled customer service. Just ask for Frank or Joe and tell them Carol from Relief Share sent you.
- Kimiko of Bingles, Bangles and Babies Nursery generously donated some of the proceeds of her auctions on Ebay to Relief Share. We are very grateful for her continued support. If you love baby dolls, you really need to check out Kimiko’s babies – she is a very talented artist.
Here is her contact information:
Contact person(s): Kimiko Stallard
Email Address: email@example.com
They provide: reborn dolls, assorted other goods
Business Name: Bingles, Bangles and Babies
eBay Name: drifter1990
- we received a donation of wonderful embroidery patterns to be used on baby blankets and infant wear.
- Brian Jambor of US Cybertek is the designer of our wonderful blog. We express gratitude for all the time he has taken to set it up for us so we can share with you! He is an experienced professional that has been more than generous with his time and talents for us. A good way to recognize him and thank him for his efforts on behalf of the sick and needy we serve is to visit his website and recommend his services to friends, family, acquaintances and office workers.
We would like to shout out a huge THANK YOU to Judy at Kamsnaps.com for the discounted pricing she gave us on a snap press and snaps. What a wonderful company to deal with. Because of Kamsnaps.com we can now get the hospital IV gowns and diaper covers done a lot more efficiently, effectively and in a timely manner. Judy graciously allowed us to purchase the press and snaps at a price that was within our budget, we couldn’t have done it without her. We highly recommend Kamsnaps.com to everyone.
The snap press is a huge boost in morale to our volunteers who actually sustained hand injuries sewing on the snaps to the gowns needed. There were 800 snaps that had to be either sewn on or put on with a pair of hand pliers and it proved to be very painful! Now the snaps can be put on the items needed without any pain and very quickly (Yes, you guessed it, it was my hands that got hurt LOL). I am grateful for the other volunteers who helped finish up the rest of the snaps on the gowns when I couldn’t anymore.
Now to get busy, the first order of business is 1200 snaps that need to be put on hospital gowns!
A very grateful and happy camper,
Exciting news! Our beautiful baby doll fundraiser on ebay brought $157.50. We are thrilled. Not only will the babies at the hospital get the help they need, there will be a happy new Mommy out there for this sweet little one. Thanks again to Sabriam Garcia at Eden’s Little Ones for donating the baby!
Darlene is a very gifted artist who creates the most darling little monkeys. Her ebay ABOUT ME page has wonderful information, there you can read more about her and how she creates her adorable monkeys.
Darlene is a wonderful asset to our Relief Share family of volunteers, donors and people that care. She personifies love in action. With her assistance we found the Snap Press we needed to put the snaps on the items we donate to the hospitals , links to the PUL fabric that will be used for the diaper covers and hospital gowns for Shriners Hospital and she went the extra mile of providing us with thousands of snaps for the snap press.
In her honor we are introducing our latest fundraiser. I bet you can guess what the fundraiser will be….yep, you are right….some of Darlene’s adorable monkeys!