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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 very active in taking care of the sick and needy this August. There were city wide garage sales to go to for supplies and new items like coloring books, crayons, toys and clothing. Many hands make light work and beautiful donations arrived at Relief Share home office to be taken to where they were needed the most.
One of the really fun donations arriving lately were the tiny baby outfits and sleepers with beautifully handmade matching hats! Thanks to Minerva, for her loving kindness for the little babies we love and serve, she makes gorgeous baby items out of the prettiest colors.
Relief Share volunteers managed to find a business closing out and bought scads of onesies and newborn baby outfits for the hospital maternity unit. A donated wooden cradle was given to a church nursery for their toddlers. A box of school supplies full pencil crayons, masking tape, stapler, pencils, rulers and coloring crayons went to a local elementary teacher for her class.
Another way that folks help Relief Share get the supplies need is to shop on our Ebay auctions where 100% of the auctions go to Relief Share to help the sick and needy.
Volunteers spend long hours writing auctions, packing auctions and dealing with ebay customers to make sure it is a win/win for everyone involved.
Relief Share has three flea market booths donated for our use. It takes a lot of work to fill the booths and keep them tidy and clean. You will find unusual items in the booths, much of it donated from the founder’s home and their extended family loves to donate items for the booths as well. Recently a purge of the linen closet yielded up lots of unused sheets that were no longer needed since the kids have grown up and moved away, so they were tagged at $2 a piece and sold at the flea market so folks who needed them in the community could get them for a low price for their families. Not everyone needs a donation, but they can use a little help stretching their budget, so our flea market booth helps with that.
Where does it all go? Who needs our donations? This week donations were taken to Texas County Memorial Hospital to the maternity wing (baby clothing, bedding and essentials), emergency department (comfort toys, coloring books, crayons, toy cars, etc), a teacher at the Houston Elementary School (school supplies), a local church nursery (a donated wooden cradle for the toddlers), and some individual donations of baby clothing and household goods.
You can help! Clean out your closets for a good cause and send the boxes and packages to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225. We are a 501 (c) 3 non profit registered with the IRS and donations are tax deductible. Please include your name and mailing address in the donations so we can send you a thank you letter/tax receipt along with our gratitude and love.
We enjoy serving Gods tiniest children and their families and love to have you join our Relief Share family!
God bless the hands and hearts who put their love in action
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 email@example.com 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
Got your attention, did I?!
If anyone has some spent shot gun shells, we would love it if they would donate them to our charity. Relief Share can give you a tax deductible receipt for them as they will come to our charity to be donated after they are made into Christmas lights. Yep, you read right. They make the prettiest Christmas lights.
I just finished watching my son in law and daughter make some for their Christmas tree this year. Laura had ordered some off the net and when they came they were only 8 feet long. Yeah right, that really doesn’t go far. She came over to my house to see if I had more white mini light strings and I had a brand new box of 100 feet. Josh had figured out how to make them himself and they turned that string of mini lights into the prettiest Christmas lights you ever saw by using spent shot gun shells – recycling at it’s best! Cost free, too.
I know a lot of folks that would love them. Relief Share volunteers will make the shot gun shell Christmas lights up and donate them to the those who don’t have any money for Christmas decorations We also have a charity flea market booth and when we can take care of all the needy, if we have any left over, we will use them for fundraiser in our charity flea market booth, though probably next year for the fundraising with them as there isn’t enough time to do that this year as well as do the donations as we always take care of the sick and needy first.
Here are pictures You may even want to make some yourself!
If you don’t have a glass eye wash dish, use anything that has a curved bottom that you can hammer the shot gun shell into to push the bottom concave.
Using the shot gun shells, you can make lights by pushing clear mini lights into the end of the shells and closing the top with the screwdriver pushing the plastic in place so they will stay on the mini light string.
All that effort is worth while (and it’s a lot of effort), will make get these:
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Note: the black ones are too opaque to do much but the other colors, especially the green, red and yellow work great.
The address to send the shot gun shells to is: Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd., Houston, MO 64583-2225. If you have clear mini light strings that you’d like to send as well, that would be wonderful. We will send a tax deductible receipt with your thank you letter. We are a 501 (c ) 3 IRS approved non profit.
President Carol Green
This beautiful Mickey and Minnie Mouse patchwork quilt was created and donated by Alma of Missouri, a RS volunteer and presented to Relief Share (RS) to use for a fundraiser to bless the lives of sick and needy children.
This colorful Disney quilt has 9 patchwork squares starring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Each square has a different picture and is exquisitely machine embroidered in primary colors sure to delight children of all ages. The quilt is made of cotton and is sewn with skill to be not only cuddly and cute, but durable. This quilt is backed with genuine Mickey Mouse Disney fabric with Mickey in cute poses.
The quilt measures 42″ x 46″. You’ll love the attention to detail, the edge is hand stitched down for heirloom quality.
We are thrilled that Artist Sandy Wilson has created this rare folk art doll to be used as a fundraiser to help us acquire the flannel we need for the quilts for Shriners Hospital to cover the children’s beds. Please visit the auction and spread the link around.
A huge thank you to a sweet lady who shows she cares about sick and needy children with love in action!
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!
This fundraiser is to help us purchase the materials needed to provide Shriner’s Hospital with 240 twin size quilts for their patient’s beds.
Shriner’s Hospital in St Louis provides surgery and medical care for children from birth to 21. Many of these precious children need major surgery, some cannot walk some have missing limbs and others need skeletal medical attention to be able to function correctly.
We have seen with our own eyes the miracles that take place in Shriner’s and witnessed a little baby girl been given the gift of being able to walk after a long time in body casts and after a number of extensive surgeries. This precious baby’s family was not charged one dime for her care – Shriner’s Hospital is truly a blessing to the sick and needy children who desperately need help.
Relief Share is a non profit 501 (c) 3 charity with wonderful volunteers who are willing to give of their time and talents to sew the much needed quilts for the children who need a warm quilt to snuggle in after major surgery. The children need their strength to heal, not to simply stay warm.
YOU can help a child today by providing the funds to help us get the materials needed to create the much needed quilts.
To date we have sewn and donated 37 twin size quilts to Shriner’s Hospital. Help us get the materials to finish the rest.
Flannel, batting and fabric is needed along with thread and funds to ship the quilts. Money from this fundraiser will bless many sick and needy babies lives.
ON TO THE AUCTION ———
This sweet little baby is called “All Tuckered Out”. This beautiful reborn baby was donated by Sabriam of “Eden’s Little Ones” Nursery to be used as a fundraiser to bless the lives of the sick and needy children in the hospital with warm twin size quilts for the beds to keep them snuggled and warm.
What better way to raise funds for babies and children by offering a baby of your very own to love, cuddle and hold.