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We Believe...

..that the solution to inequality, pain, suffering, and lack in the world is ‘those that have’ sharing willingly from the heart with ‘those that have not’ who are sick and/or needy.

Warm clothing and bedding for babies, quilts for the aged or ill, books for the disadvantaged, essentials and household goods for those who have lost everything in floods, house fires, or due to job loss; these are just some of the need we assist with. You can help.
 

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Beautiful high quality premium embroidery floss donated by Miragoods.com

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

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Look how cute the strips a volunteer knitted for Relief Share for balls turned out when put together ;-)

So much fun! These will be going to the hospital ASAP. They have cat jingle bells in the middle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you like to make some, too?  The strips are 8″ long and 15 stitches wide.  When you have them done, send them to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd., Houston, MO 65483-2225.  Be sure to include your name and mailing information so we can send you a tax deductible receipt and thank you letter.

The children in hospital love these! We have also made some for church nurseries, doctor’s offices and families that live below the poverty level and have no toys for their children.

The strips can be made from any kind of yarn, any diameter of yarn.  For more information, email info@ReliefShare.org

A huge thank you to the knitting volunteers who make the strips for other volunteers to assemble the balls.

 

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Be still my heart! This is pure perfection!

Relief Share volunteers and donors love helping the sick and needy babies and we love all babies, of all kinds.

Yesterday there was a darling wee baby boy born at over 7 pounds and his wonderful Mommy let us take pictures of a beautiful blanket and baby washcloths that were made by Sue B. that had just arrived in the mail, yesterday too.

Both arrivals, baby and beautiful handmade knitted donations were perfect for each other so we took pictures and wanted to show how wonderful it is and how happy it made the new Mommy, baby, and Relief Share volunteers.

Talk about precious, talk about perfection….here is what we all love so much and work hard for….

Thank you so much, Sue – every stitch was done very well, the blanket is soft, snuggly and warm and the washcloths are perfect for burp cloths, cleaning up baby and super soft for baths. Love and hugs to you for sharing your time, talents and love with our Relief Share babies :-)

Thanks also to Holly Cooper for delivering our special delivery donation to the special delivery at the hospital yesterday. It takes all of us, working together, to make miracles happen!

Volunteer, Holly - she is our special Relief Share angel that makes things happen!

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Paying it forward in memory of Carment Faith Huskilson

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

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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!

Carol Green
President
Relief Share
info@ReliefShare.org

Comfort toys are so important to the children in the hospital and in the ambulances!

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This is a Relief Share donation that we took to the hospital tonight! :-) Our volunteers and donors are AWESOME!

There are:

- baby cocoon snugglers and hats
- receiving blankets
- light up bracelets for kids in the emergency room
- warm gloves, mittens and hats
- coloring books and crayons
- comfort toys
- books to read
- dinky cars for the boys
- dollies for the girls (not pictured)

Donation to the emergency room at the hospital. Comfort items for the sick and needy. Coloring books to keep the little ones distracted while waiting for help.

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WOW! Relief Share volunteers took so many things to the hospital to the OB unit and emergency unit – It feels good to get the sick and needy the help they need. Let’s see…..there were baby quilts, crocheted afghans, booties, hats, onesies, sleepers, snugglers, comfort toys, layette sets, teddy bears, dollies and dinky cars, coloring books, hair accessories, scarves, headbands, baby rattles, bottles, baby hygiene items, pacifiers, books, and a lot more.

A massive thank you to everyone who makes miracles happen.

Some of our Relief Share family donates money to buy the coloring books, crayons, food, clothing, and essentials. Some of our RS volunteers spend hours and hours sewing, knitting, crocheting, tatting, serging, smocking and creating much needed items. There are other marvelous volunteers that hit all the sales and ship beautiful brand new baby coats and clothing, and yet other volunteers that spend their time taking the donations to where they are needed the most.

We love each and every one of you! Thank you so very very much!

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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
Carol Green
President
ReliefShare.org

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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.

Carolyn's hand made washcloths

One of the patterns she used is this one. We actually use this pattern a lot.

Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth
Designer: Unknown
Rating: Easy
Materials: Sugar and Cream yarn; Size 6 or 7 needles (US)

Instructions:
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!

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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.

Donations of toys and coloring books given to the hospital

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 :-)

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Fall is coming and that means babies need snuggling in warm baby quilts.  Relief Share volunteers are having a ball making soft cute quilts for little ones to be welcomed in to the world with.

Baby quilts made by Relief Share volunteers for sick and needy babiers.

Relief Share is thrilled that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) sisters made 6 baby quilts at the activity night on Tuesday.  One baby blanket was given out right at the meeting to a sister to take for a little baby girl soon to be born. It was a cute Winnie the Pooh quilt tied with bright pink yarn. The quilts were made by Jan Stice, a long time Relief Share volunteer who is proficient at making gorgeous quilts, the sisters in attendance tied all the baby quilts to get them ready for donations out to the sick and needy.

Jan Stice was instrumental in Relief Share donating 450 twin size quilts over the space of 4 years to the St Louis Shriners Childrens hospital and also 30 quilts donated to the chemo unit at the West Plains Hospital in Missouri.

President Carol Green took 5 of the baby quilts directly from the meeting to the maternity ward at Texas County Memorial Hospital.  They were delighted to get them for their sick and needy babies born at the hospital.

Would you like to help?  Baby quilts are 36 x 45 and toddler quilts are 45 x 60.
You can help by :
a.  Making and donating a baby quilt (or more)
b.  Sewing the top for a baby quilt and we will put a back and batting on it and finish it
3. Donate supplies to make baby quilts – fabric, batting, yarn, etc
4. Donate to Relief Share through Paypal  - send a paypal payment to info@ReliefShare.org and we will purchase needed supplies for the quilts.  Remember that no one at Relief Share is paid, ALL of us are volunteers and every penny goes directly to the needs of the sick and needy.

Our address is Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd,, Houston, MO 65483-2225.  We are non profit charity, registered with the IRS.  Please include your mailing address so we can send you a thank you and a tax deductible receipt.

Feel free to encourage your church groups, community groups or even family to make and donate baby quilts to keep little ones snuggly and warm.  While we LOVE donations for the babies and their families, we also strongly encourage you to do charity work right in your own community.  If everyone simply reached out to those in need in their own areas – there would be no more lack in the world…only love :-)

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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.

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HELP! The greatest need right now is for newborn baby receiving blankets. Yes. This is the #1 item asked for currently from Relief Share and our volunteers can’t make them fast enough.

Can you help? Do you sew? Can you make 36 x 45 receiving blankets from flannel? All you have to do is hem or serge the edges.

If you can’t sew, would you be willing to purchase some for a sick or needy baby?

Please send donations to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225 and include your mailing address so we can send you a thank you letter/tax deductible receipt. Thanks so much for your willingness to DO something about the need to read about.

These receiving blankets are for the hospitals and medical clinics so they need to be new. I am so glad folks have asked me what the most important thing is right now – thanks for all your help!   If you have other items you would like to send along – please feel free to do so.  We are so grateful for YOU!!

Newborn baby receiving blankets are needed. Please help!

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Emergency Room visit

Relief Share volunteers have been having a ball taking donations to the hospital for the sick and needy children. It is so much fun to see the children’s eyes light up when given a stuffed animal, toy or coloring book to take their mind off what is going on.

One of the little boys in the ER waiting room had a bandage over part of his face and a breathing mask on.  He looked pretty dejected until one of our volunteers asked his Mum if we could give him a treat.  Our Relief Share volunteer had her arms full of stuffed animals and toys – she let him choose the one he wanted, and then gave him a coloring book with crayons to help pass the time and distract him from how much he hurt while he waited for additional treatment.  There were tears in his Mum’s eyes, and the volunteer was so grateful for the opportunity to bless the little life of the boy she gave a hug to.  In all the years I have been running charities, I never get ‘used to’ seeing how much simple things can bless other’s lives, and I am always grateful for volunteers, like this one, who will take a few moments of their time to bless someone else’s life and let them know they are loved and cared about.

There were other children in the ER who loved their new cuddly stuffed toy to snuggle with.  They forgot about what was wrong and how bad they felt when the nurses or doctor gave them a soft toy to make a traumatic experience a tolerable one.  Relief Share has been told that some of the children who have received stuffed toys in the ER still have them years later and love them.  It does make a positive difference to provide comfort toys to the sick and needy.

Relief Share also provides warm blankets, hats, scarves, pacifiers, and other essentials to emergency rooms to help the hospital provide for the patients. You can help by sending coloring books and crayons (the #1 most asked for item in the ER by the nurses to keep children calm and busy) and new stuffed toys with tags still attached (the most asked for item from sick children), books and other toys are very helpful as well, especially for children who experience long stays in the hospital for surgeries, etc. Please send donations to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd., Houston, MO 65483-2225. Include your name and mailing info so we can send you a thank you letter/tax deductible receipt for your donation.

Here are some of the donations given by Relief Share  in the past few days to the sick and needy:

Stuffed toys for the emergency room

Coloring books, crayons, baby hats and baby cocoons

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Relief Share update:

By this time, folks are settling back into normal routines after the busy holiday season.  Fall and Christmas time for Relief Share volunteers was filled with lots of laughter, sharing, joy, caring, quilting, knitting, crochet, sewing and shopping!  Relief Share volunteers donated gifts of love to the sick and needy, along with prayers for their safety, peace and security.

Some of the Relief Share items donated out included toys, clothing, coloring books, pacifiers, knitted hats, blankets, and stuffed animals to the Hospital Emergency room. The maternity ward at the hospitals were given nursing pillows, knitted and crocheted baby cocoons and hats, receiving blankets, outfits, sleepers, onesies, socks, diaper rash ointment, baby shampoo, bottles, pacifiers, diaper bags, and baby accessories.  Medical clinics received baby burial layettes, comfort toys, baby clothing and blankets, dollies, teddies and more.  Individuals needed help with food, clothing, heaters to stay warm, emergency supplies, comfort toys for their children and basic household supplies and goods.

We are so grateful for all of the Relief Share donors and volunteers that made the miracle of giving relief to those in need by sharing of their time, talents and funds. It takes all of us working together to make miracles happen!

By the way, if you come to check on our Relief Share blog and don’t see current posts as frequently as you would like to – come follow us on facebook! Yes, we have a facebook page and try to post fairly regularly there  - we are busy at  our knitting machines, sewing machines, sergers and doing knitting, quilting, crocheting or trying to get enough supplies to be able to meet the needs of those requesting help, but we are never too busy for YOU! :-)   You can always email us at info@ReliefShare.org where we check our mail daily and immediately respond.

Clothing for sick and needy babies and children donated out to where it was most needed

Receiving blankets serged and hand made knitted balls for the hospital

Toys for the emergency room.

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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.

Emergency room visit can be traumatizing for children. Comfort toys can ease their fears.

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.

Babies in hospital need soft hats and blankets.Our volunteers make and donate them to sick and needy babies.

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.

 

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Relief Share has received urgent requests for baby pacifiers for the hospitals for sick and needy children.  We donated hundreds of pacifiers in the past and are issuing an emergent plea to volunteers and donors to send baby soothers (pacifiers) to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd., Houston, MO as quickly as you can and as many as you can.  Any kind of pacifier will be gratefully accepted as long as they are new and sealed in their package (hospital regulations require sterile new pacifiers for patients, please).  Relief Share is relying on your help to meet the need.

Pacifiers are important for the care and soothing of babies.

The use of soothers is often recommended for premature babies as evidence shows that non-nutritive sucking can help babies to settle, feel comfort during painful procedures, tolerate their feeds better and move on to oral feeding more quickly. Small soothers that have been specially designed for premature babies can be bought on NICU. Indeed, if your baby has been born at term and is not receiving any, or only small amounts, of milk, then the use of a soother can also help to settle as well as providing comfort during painful procedures. As a parent, you may feel worried because lots of information in the press and on the internet can discourage the use of soothers. However, this information is based on the long term use of soothers for older babies and toddlers, and does not apply to premature babies, or unwell term babies that are not receiving oral feeds. (Information credit for this paragraph from Cambridge University Hospital –  from http://www.cuh.org.uk/rosie/services/neonatal/nicu/developmental_care/support_comforting_baby.html)

Older babies and toddlers receiving medical attention are also in need of pacifiers to soothe and comfort so they can use their strength for healing and growing instead of crying and fighting the pain and trauma of being in hospital.   Relief Share’s president, Carol C Green, learned how important this was, first hand, when her granddaughter, Embry Claire, was undergoing hip surgery in Shriners Childrens Hospital.  The only pacifiers she could find were next door at the upscale store she could walk to from the hospital.  They were Juicy Couture pacifiers in a set and cost $50 for just 3 pacifiers!  Yep, that called for a credit card hit that was not expected along with all the other expenses of traveling hours to get to the hospital and stay.  However, the pacifiers were worth their weight in gold for soothing Embry and helping her use body strength for healing.

 

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Do you want to help crochet or knit hats for charity and not sure what size?  Relief Share needs ALL sizes of hats for the sick and needy, but the greatest need is for baby hats.  Here is a handy chart! When you are done, please send donations to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd., Houston, MO 65483-2225. We also gladly and gratefully accept supplies of yarn, crochet and knitting tools, etc for our volunteers to work with.  All donations received a tax deductible receipt/thank you letter.

Hat sizes for Relief Share charity - knitted, tatted and crocheted

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Babies need to be kept warm so they can use their strength for healing. A hat is an important way to keep newborn babies warm!

Relief Share volunteers and donors are creating miracles in the lives of the sick and needy.  Three wonderful donations came in the past few days and added to the items the volunteers were making, donations to the hospital and other individuals brought joy and relief to those in need.

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This wonderful donation of knitted baby hats and cocoon is from P. from Woodlands, TX ;-) We sure appreciate you!

A special knitting volunteer from Woodlands, TX sent a huge package of darling knitted baby hats of all colors. They are so soft and snuggly, sure to be loved by new babies and their families.  There was even a darling wee baby cocoon and hat set in the package!  Thank you so much for all your love and work!

Many hours of selfless charity work are spent in knitting what is needed.  Babies can’t regulate their body temperature as effectively as kids and adults because their bodies have more surface area by weight, causing quicker heat loss. Babies also don’t have as much insulating body fat, especially sick or premature babies. Keeping babies warm helps them stay healthy and comfortable.

Putting a soft hat on the head of a newborn helps adjusts the amount of heat based on the newborn’s body temperature. After newborns have left the hospital, you can keep them warm with a hat–babies lose large amounts of heat through their heads–and by swaddling them in a blanket or one of our Relief Share baby cocoons.

Relief Share volunteers and donors also enjoy providing the sick and needy children with comfort toys and items to distract them from the trauma they are experiencing. It is fun to find and provide items to make children happy. The nurses love to give the items we provide them with for the children to the little ones. It’s always a blessing to see tears turn to smiles.

We have a special angel donor named Kate N.  from Missouri.  She sent a wonderful box of goodies to Relief Share to help the sick children and also adults!  Look at all of the wonderful things she sent!

Distraction is a great way to help manage a child’s pain and anxiety. Providing a sense of security in the hospital environment is also done with toys and other comfort items.  Watching a child scared and uncomfortable is traumatic to families. It is wonderful to see the scared faces, pinched in pain, turn to smiles and giggles after being given a coloring book and crayons to entertain and a snuggly soft teddy bear to provide a gentle tactile reminder that everything will be okay.

People young and old respond to their environments. From paint color to location, environment can play a critical factor in a child’s sense of security—and perception of pain.  Thank you so much to all the volunteers and donors that supply the much needed items to ease a difficult time.

We want to mention that Kate was thoughtful in also providing adult clothing, children’s clothing and flannel for Relief Share volunteers to sew into cuddly receiving blankets.

Note:  We never have enough flannel and the hospital never has enough receiving blankets for their patients to take home – please consider donating flannel material :-)  The flannel that Kate sent is adorable and sure to bring many smiles to the faces of the new Moms. <3

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Lots of love went into this marvelous donation! Thanks so much to Kate N for her intuitive caring and sharing! There will be a lot of happiness shared coming from this donation!!

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Beautiful Precious Moments twin size quilt made for 6 yr old cancer patient by Jan S. and 2 baby quilts from Mary H.

8/21/2014

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.

Part of the donation taken to SOS Charity in Missouri by Relief Share for the benefit of the sick and needy

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.

Carol Green
President
Relief Share.

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Science Has Spoken – Giving Makes You Happy!
By Eve Pearce 

Helping babies makes us happy and makes them happy, too!

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.

Everyone can help!

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!

 

 

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Relief Share donation

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.

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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.

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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

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Folks have asked how we finish the edges of some of our Relief Share receiving blankets. We love to use up everything that is donated in – nothing wasted, so if we have yarn that may not be enough for a blanket or baby cocoon, etc, we can use it on the edges of the receiving blankets.

Here is how we do it.  PS. You can use rayon thread, yarn, crochet cotton, etc with this technique.

1.  Rewind the yarn  on a ball winder to make sure there are no knots and to get the tension even. Trust us – this is an important step, don’t skip it or you will be fighting with your serger in the middle of a project and probably broken thread.

You can see we have two yarn winders – the white one is for smaller balls and the larger metal one can wind up to 4 balls of yarn on one spool.  The white yarn winder is quiet, and the large one can get loud but is so convenient when dealing with larger amounts of  yarn.

2.  Replace the thread in the upper looper with the yarn (3rd position over from the left).  It is easier to change the thread for the yarn if you cut the thread just above the spool, before it enters the serger, then tie the yarn to the thread and pull it through it all the way to the looper. Cut the knot and thread the looper with the yarn – viola!  Saves time and frustration.

Relief Share yarn winder

Winding yarn on yarn winder

We use thread holders for the yarn so there are no problems with tension.

Using a thread holder to serge with yarn.

3. Tension settings are set to 3 for needles and upper and lower loopers. Adjust your differential feed if you need to so there are no puckers.

4. Cut your flannel in 1 yard pieces so you have 44/45″ x 36″ blankets.

5. Fold the flannel in half and then in half again the other way so all 4 corners lay on top of each other and placing a bread plate on the corner, cut with a rotary cutter to round the corners. You can cut each corner individually, but this is a quick way to cut all 4 corners at the same time.

6. Serge the receiving blanket in one continuous edging, going slow around the corners and pulling slightly with the left hand and no tension on the right so your corners are nice and even. This takes a little bit of practice. If you don’t have the tension on the fabric correctly when doing the corners, the serging will go off the edge and you will have to do the corners over again. Once you get the hang of it, you can make receiving blankets very quickly with this technique.

7. When you get to the beginning of where you started serging the receiving blanket get, keep serging over the beginning for an inch, stop the serger and flip the fabric upsidedown, then serge for another two inches on the underside of the fabric to catch the stitches so they will hold. Cut the serger tail off.

Here are a few of our receiving blankets we did today for donations out:

Relief Share receiving blankets

Relief Share receiving blankets - cute little frogs with rayon thread edging

Darling little fairies on flowers with baby fingering yarn in peach on the edge.

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Relief Share donation of coloring books, art supplies and more to the hospital.

The Many Benefits of Art for Children
 -this article was contributed by Evelyn Greening.

Relief Share volunteers recently sent a plethora of books, coloring books and crayons to a hospital emergency room in Houston, with the aim of keeping children entertained and helping them feel as good as possible during their hospital stay. Every toy, resource and type of materials lends its own brand of magic to children and heals the soul in a very particular way. In this post, we focus on the plentiful benefits of art for children, whether they are simply talking about artwork in books, creating their own little masterpieces or coloring in the lively illustrations in a book. In many ways, art is much more than a distraction; it is a form of therapy.

One of the reasons art is thought to help with depression is that enables those suffering from this condition to distance themselves from their problems and to see that there are many ways of expressing to the same thing, or indeed, reacting to the same event, situation or person. This lends a note of positivity to their lives, since they often come to see that life offers many choices, each of which has the potential to lead to happiness.

  • Art helps patients deal with pain: A recent study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal found that cancer patients who took part in creative arts therapy showed moderate-to-great improvement in dealing with pain and in quality of life, and modest improvement in dealing with anxiety and depression. It is no wonder that art therapy is a popular choice in everywhere from centers for those suffering from Alzheimer’s, to rehabilitation clinics for those who are trying to rid themselves of an addiction to alcohol or harmful substances. One of the biggest challenges for hospital and rehabilitation patients alike, is pain and anxiety. The recently published study showed that the arts can play an important role even in standard hospital settings, and reduce or eliminate the need for pain or anxiety medication, thereby increasing a patient’s sense of autonomy and banishing the sense of vulnerability or dependence that so often accompanies a hospital or rehabilitation stay.
  • Art helps children express their emotions: Children who are undergoing Post traumatic Stress Disorder, or who are grieving, can find it difficult to express their feelings or describe unpleasant or painful events. Art can be a vehicle for children to express their views, and connect with hospital staff or carers. Sculpture, for instance, is an excellent way for children to use touch to express feeling, and to create symbols they be unable to express with words.
  • Art increases a child’s self-confidence: Children who lack self-confidence can see themselves in a new light through art; since there are so many genres and means of expression, that special moment when a child finds one art form they feel connected to or talented at, can be a defining moment in their lives. Artwork can also help children discover a new talent they were unaware they possessed.
  • Art fosters social interaction: Children who are shy can find an excellent opportunity to socialize with other children in a non-threatening environment. Their nurses, carers or parents may suggest that children work on a mutual drawing or mind map together, or create a collage focused on a particular theme. Children who normally keep quiet in a classroom or typical social setting will find an excellent chance to assert themselves and exercise their power of choice. Others will find that they can use a common project to exercise leadership skills for the first time in their lives.
  • Art provides a sense of continuity: For many children who are seriously ill, the fear of being forgotten or of leaving no lasting legacy behind, can be overwhelming. Creating a beautiful work of art, through photography, illustration painting or sculpture, helps them create something that is eternal and immensely personal all at once.
  • Art introduces children to new cultures: Children can learn about exciting traditions from all around the world, by recreating or reinterpreting traditional artistic symbols. Art classes are also an excellent manner for kids to learn about the great Masters – their incredible life stories and the important legacies they have left behind.
  • Art helps the mind reach its full potential: Most school skills are focused on stimulating the left side of the brain (which involves cognitive skills). Art exercises the right side of the brain, enabling children to enjoy a more balanced education.
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Flooding did this yesterday in Rexburg, Idaho. This family has nothing - please help! There are many who are without essentials. You can make a difference.

This is the aftermath of the flooding in Rexburg, Idaho yesterday where my daughter is attending university.  She has described what happened as a torrent of water decimated some of the town and left residents devastated with no belongings left.

This home had a river pouring in through the back, smashing the windows in the front out and the river pouring out through the front. The family has has little children aged 4 and up to teenagers and have no clothing, bedding…anything left!

If you want to help those who have lost their things through the flood, please email us at info@ReliefShare.org  or simply send a donation through Paypal to info@ReliefShare.org – put a note in the comments section of your payment “Flooding Relief Help” and add your name and address so we can send you a tax deductible donation in the mail. Relief Share is a non profit registered with the IRS – all donations are tax deductible.

Please help out, there were many affected by the flooding, university students whose apartments were filled with mud, water and sewage when the sewage lines broke. They need clothing, bedding, essentials – even a bottle of shampoo and some food would be wonderful.  Your help is very much needed!

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Darling wee baby!

Today was a busy day in our Relief Share efforts to bless the lives of sick and needy babies and their families. Most of the local flea markets and yard sales were attended as we found a lot of items needed on our ‘want list’.

We went to a store closing that afforded us new items at rock bottom prices and also went to the Lucky Dollar Store in Licking for excellent prices and great service. Coloring books and crayons for the hospital, comfort toys, cute kids flannel for receiving blankets for the sick and needy babies in the OB unit, yarn to crochet baby items and more were purchased.

In our charity efforts today we were blessed with generous donations from local kind hearted residents who gave baby onesies, a coloring book, two gorgeous baby blankets, tops and more.

All in all, it’s a good thing we were driving a SUV ;-) We came back with three large rubbermaid containers of much needed items!

Our donations to the hospitals will go out tomorrow. Life is good :-)

A huge thank you to all who make miracles happen for the sick and needy babies and their families.

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Donation of comfort toys to hospital emergency room.

Relief Share volunteers have been busy getting the latest donation ready to go to the Houston, Missouri hospital emergency room.

When a child is in trauma and needs hospital medical attention, sometimes the emergency room staff are already busy helping others and the little one must wait for help.  It is important to keep them calm and distracted so their situation is not made worse than it already is.

Relief Share volunteers spend a great deal of time searching for bargains for coloring books, toys, crayons, etc to stretch every dollar further so more children will benefit.  Packages of crayons are purchased at the local Walmart and then separated into packs of 4 and taped with box tape in zip lock bags to the fronts of all the coloring and activity books.  Right now the boxes of crayons that regularly cost .67 are on for .25. it is a great time to purchase and donate crayons to Relief Share to help with the need. Coloring books are only one dollar at the Dollar Store, if you pick up a few on  your regular shopping trip and donate them, it would be very helpful.  One or more coloring books and packages of crayons doesn’t seem like much, but to a child trying to stay calm and deal with pain, it can make the difference between a traumatic experience and a tolerable one.

Other items that Relief Share donates out a great deal of are soft teddy bears, stuffed animals, dolls, dinky cars and other safe toys that children love.  Children love stickers, puzzles and books.

Knitted woven balls are a big hit at the hospital for children (of all ages). We put a cat ball with a jingle bell inside to make the balls sound merry.  There is a space in the middle of the balls that ‘surprises’ fit into, that is where we tuck the cat balls that we buy at Walmart.  There are many times when shaking the ball to distract the children has really been very useful.  If you would like to purchase items to be donated to the sick and needy children, please send your donation to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd., Houston, MO 65483-2225. All donations are tax deductible as we are a 501 (c) 3 non profit registered with the IRS.

If you knit and would like the free pattern to make the knitted balls, please email us at info@reliefshare.org

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Donation from IL

It is so exciting when donations come in to Relief Share home office. Today the mail just arrived, and with it, a wonderful donation from Gibson, IL of beautifully made baby crochet hats and a lovely soft knitted baby cocoon.

Babies cannot regulate their heat very well and they also loose a great deal of body heat from their heads so hats are imperative for keeping fragile little ones comfortably warm so they can save their strength for healing and thriving instead of just surviving.

Baby cocoons can soothe and comfort at the speed of light!  Really!  We have seen little bairns so tired and upset, making the little mewing noises that preemies do, and nurses dealing beautifully with their soft cries for help by putting the babies in cocoons. The cocoons are like being back in the womb for the tiny angels and they immediate calm down, either gazing off into space or drifting into sleep right away.

Thank you to all the volunteers and donors that make miracles happen in the lives of God’s tiniest children.

Love and hugs from Relief Share!!

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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.

Donations for sick and needy

hand knit baby cocoons and hats, clothing, afghans, etc

warm cuddly baby clothing, hand knitted hats, stockings, kids stickers...

Items for sick and needy babies in hospital.

Did you know that a great percentage of body heat is lost through the scalp? Not with these snuggly hats our Relief Share volunteers made!

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Warm hats for the needy from Relief Share volunteer, Marina F.

A huge thank you to our marvelous ReliefShare.org donor, Marina F. from Florida for the wonderful handmade hats and baby blankets to keep the sick and needy babies and their families snuggly warm!

What a great way to end 2013 and start off 2014!

These hats and quilts were immediately donated out to a church, school and hospital.

Its FREEZING in Missouri so this donation came just in the nick of time!

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Donation for hospital to the emergency room and obstetrical unit.

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.

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Relief Share volunteers are preparing for the cooler weather by knitting up hats, scarves, mittens and making snuggly blankets and afghans. When the colder weather hits, requests for help come flooding in.

Relief Share donation made by volunteers for the sick and needy

This is a donation that went out today to a crisis center to help the sick and needy cope with falling temperatures. A warm hat can make all the difference for a tiny baby or toddler. Children having to walk to school in colder temperatures really need a warm hat, mittens and scarf.

It is not usually on everyone’s minds, as we are all enjoying the last rays of summer and heading into fall, but it is important to be ready to meet the needs of those who can’t provide for themselves.  Babies and toddlers don’t knit, crochet or sew, but they grow up into adults that can, if they want to. Perhaps the love given to them from strangers as a child will help them continue to create a world filled with sharing, caring, love and peace.

So as we head for the season of ‘peace on earth, good will to all men’ in a few months, lets start in our own homes by making and donating what you can with the skills that you have and sharing.

If you don’t have time to make the items, our volunteers are more than happy to take the supplies you send us to create items to ease the difficulty of children in poverty and sickness.  Together, we can be the difference between a child shivering in the cold, using precious resources just to stay warm, when they need to use their strength to heal and grow.  Reach out today, please help!

Donations can be sent to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225.  If you would like to make a donation through Paypal, please click the button below.

Have a great day, knowing you made someone else’s day a lot better!

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Donation of comfort quilts given to grieving children

 

Prayers are needed for the family of a father who died this afternoon 9/10/13 from leukemia. He left behind a 2, 4 and 6 year old and loving wife.

Relief Share volunteer, Jan, made 3 comfort quilts for the children to snuggle in as they miss their father taken with cancer. May God be with the family at this time of separation.

The family had two fundraisers to try to get enough to pay for the father’s funeral. They still have need of funds.  If you would like to donate to help them, please send your donation to info@ReliefShare.org through Paypal, call 1-417-967-2589 to make a donation with a credit card over the phone or mail a check or money order to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd., Houston, MO 65483-2225 Attn: Leukemia donation.  We will send you a tax deductible receipt and thank you letter.  ALL funds go directly to the family, we do not take anything out.

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Beautiful handmade items for the sick and needy by E. V.

 

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!

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Relief Share has handled some much needed donations (in and out) for the sick and needy we serve.  We appreciate the wonderful individuals who responded to our plea for help to meet urgent humanitarian needs.

This is a partial list of donations received (some wish to remain anonymous):

A. E. (Connecticut) – 5 boxes.  Yarn, 3 portable knitting machines, crocheted squares.

T. W. (Kansas) – new with tags – baby jackets, outfit, sleepers, onesies socks and baby books

J. Wo. (Texas) – 3 knit material baby hats, 1 crocheted hat, 1 crocheted hat and scarf set, 2 knit hats

C. E. (Missouri) – much needed fabric to help make the 240 twin size quilts for Shriners Childrens Hospital, 27 Santa Hats for Christmas

S. C. (New York) – 3 crocheted baby sweaters, 3 crocheted baby cocoons, 1 knit cocoon, 1 pr crocheted booties, 2 knit sweaters, 40 crocheted hats

L. J. (Florida) -  handmade crocheted cocoon/hat/booties set, fleece cocoon, 2 pr crocheted booties and hat

J. We. (Virginia) – 21 yards of 90″ wide sheeting for quilt backing for the quilts for Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis, MO

Cat (Idaho) – handmade crocheted chenille baby blanket

US Cybertek (Missouri) – office supplies and website server space for Relief Share.

GrandmothersAttic.net (Missouri) – donations of items to use for fundraising

H & K Flea Market (Missouri) – donation of 4 flea market booths to use for fundraising for Relief Share

J. S (Idaho) – donation of yarn to make items for sick and needy

S. C. (Idaho) – donation of yarn for volunteer use to create items for humanitarian charity.

N. N. ( Missouri) – baby items

Donations out:

Relief Share has made and donated out 120 of the 240 twin size quilts needed for Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis for their sick and needy patients. Some of the quilts are used for patients beds and some are sent home with patients who are in emergent need. Shriners has sent us very nice thank you letters expressing their appreciation of the donations and we pass their thanks on to those who made the miracle of love, in the form of quilts, happen.

Relief Share has also donated to Texas County Memorial Hospital, Mercy Medical Clinic, St Johns Medical Clinic, Mountain Grove Medical Clinic, Texas County Food Pantry, Newborns in Need, a church in Missouri, and individuals in Idaho, Florida, Texas, Missouri and internationally.

Current urgent needs?  Baby items and supplies (diapers, wet ones, shampoo, diaper rash ointment, onesies, sleepers, socks, hats, blankets, quilts, bibs, pacifiers, etc).

Our greatest need for supplies is batting, fabric, yarn, thread and quilting supplies for the quilts for the hospital.  As soon as we finish the rest of the 240 twin size quilts, we have requests for twin and queen size quilts for burnout victims and victims of severe weather disasters.  Lately in Missouri that means severe flooding.  It is devastating to lose everything to flooded homes as the silt and water that fill the homes usually ruins most of what the house contains if the water rises high enough (as has been happening in some of the low water areas).

If you would like to help – please send donations to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225.  Quite frankly, we take any and all donations as we address such a wide variety of humanitarian needs that there is always a place for everything to go.  If you would like to make a monetary donation, Relief Share has a paypal account – the email for that account is info@ReliefShare.org .  We also appreciate money orders, checks and cash as there are some items that our volunteers can’t make and simply must be purchased.  Postage is also a welcome donation.  When a baby dies and only needs one last gown and blanket to be buried in, we usually have very little notice and must ship the burial layette express mail – this is expensive – also devastating if we are low on funds and can’t afford to mail it.  Your donations make sure we are prepared for emergencies.

Questions or comments?  We would love to hear from you – info@ReliefShare.org   You can find us on facebook as well at https://www.facebook.com/ReliefShare

Thanks again, we love and appreciate all that you do.

Carol Green
Relief Share President

 

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Relief Share volunteers are jumping for joy!  Since January 2013, we have now made and delivered 100 patchwork twin size quilts to Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis, Missouri for use on the patients beds and for the sick and needy that need a warm quilt to go home with.

Do you want to help? Please send donations of fabric and/or batting to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225 and we will send you a thank you letter/tax deductible receipt for your donation.  Be part of the solution – put your love for the sick and needy into action.

 

Quilts for the sick and needy children at Shriners Childrens Hospital

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Twin Size quilt top that will be finished and donated to Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis

Relief Share Work meeting on Thursday, June 13, 2013 was AWESOME!  Volunteers tied 7 twin size quilts and sewed tops for 10 more. Here is a picture of one of the quilt tops that a volunteer took home and finished sewing for us – at the next work meeting we can tie it, ready for delivery to Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis :-) Picture provided by B. Keeney

More information about our Relief Share work meetings:

“QUILTING BEE! Do you like to piece/tie/sew quilts? If you don’t know how, do you want to learn for FREE?

Every Thursday from noon to 5 pm, come to a quilt work meeting and help us make twin size quilts for the tiny patients at Shriners Childrens Hospital.

We have fabric, batting, thread and yarn to work with – we just need YOU!

Please help, we’ve made 44 – 70″ x 90″ quilts since January for the patients hospital beds, but there are still 196 left to make and they need them now!

We are meeting in the gym at the LDS church on Hwy 63 and E Hwy 3 miles north of Houston, Missouri on the way to Licking.

We have some sewing machines and sergers, but feel free to bring your own. You can also bring rotary cutters, mats and scissors if you want.

Email info@ReliefShare.org for more info or call 1-417-967-2589.

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Relief Share quilts being made from fabric bought with vase fundraiser.

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 info@reliefshare.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

Carol Green
President
ReliefShare.org

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Infant demise diapers - for little ones 'gone too soon'.

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.

Because “a person’s a person, no matter how small.” Dr. Seuss – visit their blog here  - http://teenytears.blogspot.com/2011/10/diapers.html
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Relief Share donation out

It was a lot of fun for Relief Share volunteers to deliver donations that were made with love by dedicated volunteers. The donations that came in from folks who are sharing their spring cleaning with the less fortunate were so much appreciated as well.

Clean out your closets for a good cause. You can send the items to us at Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483.  We have no restrictions on what types of donations we accept, as there is no restrictions on lack for the sick and needy.  All we ask is that the donations be usable and clean.

Some types of donations received and donated back out recently are:

-clothing, pajamas, shoes, socks, coats, receiving blankets, sleepers, jackets, shirts, pants, underwear, scarves, quilts, baby blankets, afghans

- books, videos, music, toys, games, dolls, toy trucks, farm toys, doll clothing and accessories, computer programs, software, machinery

-fabric, thread, yarn, batting, stuffing, crafting supplies, knitting needles, crochet hooks, tatting shuttles, needlework tools, sewing machine repair, stencils, scissors, thimbles

- household dishes, plants, pots and pans, deep fryer, grill, glassware, tablecloths, drapes, comforters, sheets, pillows, bedding, quilts

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All donations that are received are usually donated out immediately to where they will do the most good.  Thank you so much for all your help.

 

Carol Green
President
ReliefShare.org
info@ReliefShare.org

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quilts donated to Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis, MO

Hey…help!!  Relief Share NEEDS DONATIONS OF QUILT BACKING FOR CHARITY PROJECT FOR SICK AND NEEDY CHILDREN.  I am working on the twin size quilts that Relief Share is making for Shriners Childrens Hospital and I am desperate for backing for these quilts.  If you could part with some muslin, broadcloth, kids print, solid colors – any fabric I could use it for backing, we have  10 or 12 quilts ready  to be put together but am minus backing, we have delivered 43 since January , have 5  more finished, and are going on the 19th to St Louis to deliver them and am hoping to have more finished by then.

Our total that is needed is 240 and Relief Share volunteers are sewing as fast as we can.  The quilts are 70″ x 90″ to fit the beds, then if the patient is needing it to go home with them, they are sent home, otherwise they are kept at the hospital for the next patient.

All donations are tax deductible – please clean out your craft rooms and sewing closets for a good cause, I really need your help!

You can see all the things we are working on in our blog www.reliefshare.org/wordpress and I put a lot of free patterns and pictures on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/reliefshare

Please send donations to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225 info@ReliefShare.org

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Easter donations for babies in hospital

This Easter was celebrated with a large donation of items lovingly made by ReliefShare.org for the babies and taken to Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, MO.  There were baby afghans, hats, booties, socks, blankets, sweaters, and more.  Our Relief Share volunteers and donors outdid themselves in making the most adorable and usable items for the sick and needy babies – the items are useful and also sweet and adorable.

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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.

There is joy in giving service and goods to others!

 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

Ask yourself – have you done any good in the world today, have you helped anyone in need?

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 :-)

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.
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Darling hats and booties for sick and needy babies in hospital

It’s fun to open the mail at Relief Share, especially when it is a box of the most darling baby hats and booties/slippers.  This wonderful box of the softest baby items has now been delivered to the hospital for precious new babies needing to conserve body heat and use their strength to heal and grow.  Every stitch in in place and it is very apparent that the volunteer did her best in creating these gifts of love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun warm double knitted hats and baby cocoons

Nights watching TV with family, enjoying entertainment and hands busy with clicking knitting needles makes for lots of happy warm babies and children. This donation of double layer hats and baby cocoons was delivered to the Food Pantry and Crisis Center.  With the cold snap making folks miserable and mothers worried about keeping children warm, this was a delightful donation to gladden hearts and warm bodies.  Some of the hats are going to the school for the mentally handicapped. They love the bright colors and the soft warmth.  A huge thank you to our volunteers who make miracles happen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of love knitted up for the sick and needy by Relief Share volunteers

Lotsa love – ReliefShare.org donation of baby cocoons, hats, and booties for the sick and needy in Texas County Missouri. We have wonderful donors and volunteers ♥

All different kinds and colors of yarn were combined with skill, love and effort into this large donation that just went out to bless the lives of God’s sick and needy children.

Baby cocoons from preemie sizes to 6 months old and matching hats, baby hats, hats for children and adult hats were knitted and crocheted.

’tis the season to be sneezin’ is one of the quips heard as volunteers actively addressed the needs of little ones who are shivering in the cold and need essential items to keep them warm and healthy.  For the children who are seriously ill, the hats and cocoons aren’t just a comfort item, but life savers as they need to keep up their strength to heal instead of just trying to keep warm.

Prayers were said over each gift of love and hearts were full as we saw the outpouring of love for those who are sick and afflicted.

With each donation coming in and going out flows the pure love of Christ.  Right now we are dealing with the need to stay warm – that means knitted and crocheted hats, socks, booties, baby cocoons, afghans and blankets.  We are also making baby blankets, quilts, clothing, gowns, tee shirts, pants and jackets for little ones to be warm and snuggly.

Do you like to sew, knit, crochet, tat, quilt or create?  We would love to have you help us in our humanitarian service efforts.  There are no restrictions on what can be donated.  Relief Share addresses crisis – all types of crisis- and we do our best to quickly respond to requests for assistance.

January is not finished with us yet! So far ReliefShare.org has donated clothing, bedding, hats, shoes, household goods, pet supplies, baby blankets, nursing pillows, afghans, and a lot more to many organizations and individuals in need.

We need your help to be able to provide items to the sick and needy.  Supplies are needed for our volunteers to work with – fabric, yarn, thread, batting, craft tools (scissors, rotary cutters and mats, patterns, Accuquilt GO templates, Sillhouette Cameo accessories, knitting machines and accessories, etc). Finished items are also needed for donations out.

Please send donations to:

Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

Relief Share is a 501 (c) 3 registered charity with the IRS and we send a thank you letter/tax deductible receipt for each donation so be sure to include a note with your address in the box.

YOU are important and can make a significant difference in the lives of those who, for various reasons, can’t help themselves at the moment.  Many times, those who received help have returned to be the helper and donated items, time and service in return for others who need assistance.  It’s exciting to see the cycle of love complete and generate more love.  We have been providing humanitarian service for over 2 decades from this location, it is such a blessing to see God’s love perpetuate generosity, caring, and support for those who are in emergent circumstances.

 

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Relief Share Comfort Toys Change Lives For the Better…You Can Help!

Knitted gnomes donated for sick and needy children

In the aftermath of a disaster, one of the most powerful tools in a rescuer’s armory is the ability to distribute soft toys to children who are traumatized. This has long been recognized as an effective way of helping traumatized children, and it is worth considering exactly why this is. It also helps us to understand the importance of the work we do in sending handmade items, such as toys, to aid agencies.

The Invisible Power of Toys

We all know that children love their soft toys, but have you ever wondered about the psychological reasons behind this attachment? Researchers Bruce Hood, of the University of Bristol, and Paul Bloom of Yale University  conducted a study into the phenomena of attachment items – blankets or toys – and their results were striking. They ascertained that children believe that their toys have an ‘essence’, or life force, qualities that cannot be replicated. When offered the chance to have their toy ‘duplicated’ an overwhelming majority chose the original item over the duplicate. Professor Hood comments, “We anthropomorphize objects, look at them almost as if they have feelings. The children know these objects are not alive but they believe in them as if they are.” This behavior can be seen in adults too. After a burglary, even if the house contents are fully protected and stolen items replaced with identical ones, there remains a sense of dissatisfaction and loss. The new object never seems to replace the original. It seems that imbuing objects with special significance and regarding them as having an essential essence is not confined to children. In fact, it the cultural norm in some cultures. Professor Hood points out the some eastern beliefs centre around the idea that all things have a life force. Some cultures even find it hard to live in other people’s homes as they have a strong belief that there is ‘something intangible’ left behind by the previous occupants.

Transitional Objects

With this research in mind, imagine a child losing everything in a natural disaster? Imagine if their precious toy was lost forever, and they had to cope without comfort, in the midst of chaos and possibly bereavement. This is where aid shipments of toys can really help rescuers. Because even if the soft toys they distribute are not the ‘originals’, they still offer huge comfort to traumatized children. Many children in disaster areas will never have owned a soft toy of course. For these children, having something soft and comforting to hold, such as a toy or blanket, has shown to be highly effective in emotional recovery. In the west, up to 70% of children have a comfort object, since they tend to sleep apart from their parents at an early age. This is significant. Children in societies where this is not the norm may not have soft toys, but the importance of the parent in a sense of security is consequently even higher. To lose a parent in a disaster for these children is psychologically devastating. ‘Transitional objects’ (a physical object, which takes the place of the mother-child bond) become even more crucial in the days before proper support can be put in place in the rebuilding of a country.

Rescuers

Rescuers find that important links can be made with children in disaster areas or war zones if they are able to give them a soft toy to hold. There are several charities in the US who make sure that firefighters and policemen are kept stocked up with teddies for their vehicles, just in case they have to deal with a traumatized child. Their testimony proves that soft toys make a big difference.

Toys Change Lives

Aid workers in danger hotspots around the globe provide similar anecdotal evidence. The power of softness and comfort cannot be underestimated. Traumatized children can confide in a teddy bear in a way that may not be possible with an adult. Toys are frequently used in play therapy for this very reason, where they are known to improve feelings of social inclusion and pro-social behavior. The attachment that is formed between a child and the toy they are given cannot be more powerful. The gifts that you make and send abroad change lives, and bring comfort where there is despair. You can knit and sew in the knowledge that your work is making a difference to children somewhere in the world.

There are hundreds of free patterns for simple soft toys here.  Make some toys, or send supplies to make toys to:

Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225.

 

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Relief Share...serving God's tiniest children

2013 is shaping up quite nicely already for Relief Share.  Donations have flowed in and out with the help from caring hearts putting their love in action for the sick and needy.

Our Relief Share facebook page is added to continuously with tips, hints, patterns, pictures and information on what activities are taking place and what the most urgent needs are.  Visit us at www.facebook.com/reliefshare

TOP THREE CURRENT PROJECTS:

1.  We are making 240 twin size quilts for Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis.  Volunteers and donors efforts have allowed us to take 19 finished quilts to the hospital in the last two weeks.  The quilts are being made from flannel, minky, chenille, cotton and knit fabric.  If you would like to help with supplies, please send fabric, yarn for tying the quilts and batting.  We would also love donations of finished quilts.  Shriners has asked that the quilts be fun, pretty, and happy so we are using all kinds of pastels, brights and kids prints to make the quilts help the children to have a positive experience in hospital.  It’s hard enough to go through serious surgery but if the healing environment is one of cheerfulness and joy, it can turn a difficult experience into a tolerable one.

2.  Relief Share is committed to providing hats, mittens and scarves to Texas County this winter through the Food Pantry and Crisis Center.  Hand made crocheted, knitted or sewn items or store bought items are welcomed. So far we have donated 30 mittens, 2 boxes of scarves and 70 hats.  Many more are needed so get out those crochet hooks and knitting needles and have fun making hats, scarves and mittens for those who need the warmth.

3.  Relief Share’s ongoing permanent project is keeping hospitals, medical clinics, crisis centers, homeless shelters and other organizations that address the needs of sick and needy babies and families stocked with basic goods to start life out right for babies.  Some of the items needed are: baby blankets, baby quilts, receiving blankets, socks, hats, booties, shoes, onesies, t-shirts, sleepers, gowns, nursing pillows and nursing pillow covers, mitts, diaper bags, shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, diaper cream, diapers (cloth and disposable), baby oil, soft toys, books, baby CDs, baby carriers, car seats, cribs, bassinets, high chairs, playpens, learning toys, pacifiers, bath toys, diaper covers, baby monitors, baby afghans, etc.  Think baby – we can use it for the sick and needy.

Relief Share is engaged in many activities that relieve suffering, promote self reliance and take care of emergent needs.  Our volunteers sew, serge, knit, quilt, crochet, tat, paint and create a variety of items to help others with.  Clean out your sewing room and craft closet for a good cause.

Please send donations to

RELIEF SHARE
6078 LUNDY RD
HOUSTON,  MISSOURI 65483-2225

We have been involved in humanitarian work here for the past 21 years at this location.  Relief Share is a non profit charity registered with the IRS and each donation receives a thank you letter/tax deductible receipt.  You can’t save the world or alleviate all the suffering in it by yourself, but together we can make this wonderful earth a better place to be.  Join us in helping Gods sick and needy today.

 

 

 

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Soft sparkle yarn was used to make this cocoon and Momma hats for Relief Share

Soft sparkle yarn was used to make this cocoon and Momma hats for Relief Share

When the winter winds swirl around and chill us to our bones, you can imagine how the little ones feel….baby, it’s cold outside!  Baby blankets, quilts, clothing and knitted or crocheted cocoons are very much needed for the babies in hospital and those in homeless shelters or crisis situations. 

The pattern in very simple – cast on 80 stitches with circular needles or flat needles and knit for 18″.  Decrease:
- knit every 8th stitch together for one row, knit the next row,

- knit every 7thstitch together for one row, knit the next row,

- knit every 6th stitch together for one row, knit the next row,

- knit every 5th stitch together for one row, knit the next row,

- knit every 4th stitch together for one row, knit the next row,

- knit every 3th stitch together for one row, knit the next row,

- knit every 2th stitch together for one row, knit the next row,

- cut the yarn long enough to seam the cocoon and gather the stitches on the needle into a circle and seam the cocoon. If you are knitting with circular needles, just gather the last stitches in the row and tie off. 

This pattern works for the Ultimate Sweater Machine as well – you will need a garter bar for the decreases or knit for 21″ instead and simply gather the final row.

The hat pattern is the same for the cocoon but knit for 6 1/2″ before decreasing – this makes an adult hat. The baby hat is the same pattern but only cast on 40 stitches for a preemie baby or 80 stitches for a newborn baby and knit for 5 1/2″ before decreasing.

If you want to do chemo hats, it is nice if you add a crocheted flower to the side of the hat to cheer up the patient or if the hat is for a male, stripes can be added.

 

Donations are sent to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225.  We are a 501 (c) 3 IRS approved charity – donations are tax deductible. 

Make this season a bit warmer and more comfortable for the sick and needy by putting your sewing, knitting, crochet or crafting skills to work. 

People who are not familiar with Relief Share charity work sometimes ask us what we do and what kind of donations we accept.  The answer is simple.  If there is a need and we are capable of addressing it, we do.  Donations of all kinds are gratefully accepted – clothing for all ages, toys, books, household goods, animal supplies, cancer patient needs, help for those in hospital, homeless shelters, crisis centers and families who have emergent needs. 

Relief Share mainly handles crisis situations to help in emergencies.  We provide food (if available) clothing and items to help folks get through the crisis.  Babies are always first and foremost in our humanitarian work.  We specialize in newborn and preemie quilts, receiving blankets, cocoons, diapers, clothing, toys and more.

Currently our main project is keeping the hospital stocked with baby items so new babies in need can go home with the basics for a good start in life and we are also making 240 twin size quilts for Shriners Childrens Hospital.  Supplies such as fabric, yarn, batting, etc are needed.

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Minky comfort blankets

 Do you know what minky fabric is? Oh my, you should!  At Relief Share, we love minky! (sometimes it is spelled minkee)

Minky fabric is a plush, microfiber fabric. It is incredibly soft and smooth to the touch.  Minky fabric comes in all sorts of styles, colors and patterns. There are nearly 400 varieties, from prints and patterns of licensed characters to simply raised, dotted styles.  Minky fabric is used to construct blankets, typically for small children down to infant age. The texture provides comfort and a smooth surface to cuddle against or lie on.

Using minky fabric as a sewing material can be challenging, but there are tips that can help. Cut minky with a rotary cutter to cut down on the inevitable mess of fuzz. Although time consuming, pin minky every one to 1.5 inches. Minky has a tendency to curl, so give a seam allowance of about 1/2 inch.

Minky fabric, a polyester microfiber, is an excellent choice for plush baby blankets, warm, soft hats, cuddly stuffed animals and any other project that calls for plush fabric. You’ll find Minky is easy to sew, but it does handle differently from other fabrics. In order to create Minky items that look like professionally sewn pieces, you must adjust your sewing approach to accommodate the fabric’s unique qualities.

It is the fabric that babies and children adore.  It is dreamy, soft, luscious, snuggly fabric that soothes a little one at a doctor’s visit, it is what a soft cuddly bunny is made of that dries the tears of a child in a car accident, it is the blanket that a little boy suffering from cancer reaches for to help him through his chemo treatment.

Relief Share makes soft minky diaper covers for children in body casts so their discomfort is minimized and the covers are made for children of all ages.  We also put the Shriners label on the diaper covers for the hospital to easily identify.  All kinds of blankets, soft toys and garments are made here at Relief Share to be given out in donations for the sick and needy.

Minky is easy to sew with, very desirable and can work miracles in a child’s life.  The other thing that minky is – is expensive.  Relief Share rarely has the kind of funds that it takes to provide minky for the volunteers to work with in making items that are needed in the hospital, crisis center and homeless shelters.

Due to the love of a very sweet angel who watches over our humanitarian efforts, a large donation of the dreamiest minky has arrived at Relief Share headquarters for the volunteers to create miracles with.  Our gratitude and love go out to them for their kindness and generosity in sending such a much needed donation!

 

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Donation for a newborn baby girl!

We just love it when our Relief Share donations are met with as much excitement and enthusiasm as they are sent with.  There will be a little baby girl that is warm and snuggly this Christmas, thanks to the combined donations of those who love God’s tiniest children and want to help.

This donation consisted of new and gently used clothing shared by hearts and hands that know how important it is to give a little one a nice warm snuggly start in life!

Merry Christmas to a new little wee one in Arizona! May her and her mother’s holidays be happy and bright.

Do you have baby clothing you have stashed away that has never gotten used and want to share with those who really need the items?  We can give you back your storage space and make your donations count.  Donations from Relief Share are given to babies and families in crisis – either through sickness, domestic violence, poverty or other trauma.  Every piece of clothing, every pacifier, blanket, socks, onesies, receiving blankets, and baby items make a major difference in the lives of those who lack and only need someone to put their love in action and help with a donation.

Simply put your items in a box and ship to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225.  Be sure to include your address so we can send you a tax receipt and thank you letter.

May your Christmas be cheery and bright!

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Baby hats - so soft and well made.

These beautiful soft crocheted hats have just been donated to ReliefShare.org  – they are wonderful and very much needed as the cold weather sets in.  Thank you so much to Connie S. from Summersville, MO for her generosity and kindness to God’s tiniest and most helpless children.

The hats were donated this afternoon and have already been donated out to where they are needed the most ;-)

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Crisis center donation of warm hats, scarves and more!

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
info@ReliefShare.org

Email me – I would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.

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Knitted and crocheted essential cloths donated to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483 for the benefit of the sick and needy.

This wonderful donation just arrived from Binghamton Ravelry in Endicott, NY.  It is a marvelous donation of cloths, an essential item for washing dishes, faces, wee baby’s bodies and more!  No matter who you are, you need a way to keep yourself and your environment clean.  If you are able to sustain yourself and your lifestyle, a cloth may be something you take for granted, but if you are one of the many who are struggling for basic essentials, a cloth may be a life saver to you.

New moms with tiny babies need cloths for everything – cleaning up burps, babies and all that goes with having a baby in your life.  The homeless have to resort to whatever they can find around them – perhaps a newspaper or a paper towel picked up from a restaurant, just to stay clean.  Families in domestic violence situations sheltered in crisis centers are very grateful for soft cloths that they can do dishes with, dry dishes, clean living areas, etc.

Just think – the next time you pick up a dish cloth, wash cloth or towel to use – it may be something you never thought much about before, but can make all the difference when you don’t have it.

A HUGE thank you goes out to the Binghamton Ravelry group for their love in action in knitting and crocheting these essential cloths to bless the lives of those who need them.  May your Thanksgiving be as wonderful as you have made others by giving a donation of such usefulness to so many others through Relief Share ;-)

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Relief Share volunteer, Linda Smith with the gorgeous quilt she pieced, and her husband machine quilted, for Ray Cox

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.

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Amber's quilt to match Grandpa's

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 & Linda Smith - Relief Share volunteers

 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.

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Darling wee gnomes knitted by volunteers - donated from Grandmother's Attic.

We’ve been busy little bees at ReliefShare.org with knitting machines going full blast!  Children and adults on the Medical Surgical floor at the hospital now have warm cuddly blankets, taggie blankets, soft knitted toy balls, knitted gnomes and more…we had a ball putting it all together and delivering it to the sick and needy!

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Relief Share volunteer, Ashley Green and Nurse Linda at TCMH

Donation to Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, MO of baby items from ReliefShare.org

We were so excited to make a large delivery of knitted and crocheted baby afghans, hats and new baby clothing to the TCMH, Houston, MO hospital for the little babies in the Texas County area.

Volunteer, Ashley Green, the founder’s daughter, and Nurse Linda are pictured with the donation made my the loving hearts and hands of Relief Share volunteers.

A huge thank you to all the members of the Relief Share family that made this donation possible.

The hospital is very appreciative of all donations that we bring in to them for their sick and needy babies.

The most urgent need right now is for flannel receiving blankets.

If you have some you would like to share with the less fortunate or if you love to sew and would like to make some, please send your donation to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225 and we will combine your donation with others to help bless the lives of God’s tiniest and most helpless children and their families.

Love and hugs,
Carol Green/Founder
ReliefShare.org
info@ReliefShare.org

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ReliefShare.org....serving God's tiniest and most helpless babies and families

Relief Share activity has been intense the past few months, so much so that we haven’t had time to update the blog, so here goes….

Donations out include:

- a large delivery to Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis Missouri containing, toys, clothes, bedding, and more.
- new baby girl donation of 2 knitted afghans, 2 knitted hats, 2 large stuffed toys for snuggling and positioning, 2 handknitted baby cocoons, onesies, shirts, pants, and outfits to help baby start life out right.
- needy family received a full size handmade quilt, bag of fabric to make items for family members, clothing for children, toys
- sports equipment for family who couldn’t afford the necessary items to stay healthy.
- baby change table to needy family with a pad and cover.
- donations of sleepers, outfits, blankets, cocoons, hats, pacifiers, onesies, wipes, baby shampoo, nursing pillows, etc to hospitals for patients
- donations to families of two newborn baby girls of essential items.

Thanks so much to our wonderful Relief Share ‘family’ who makes miracles happen. It is our donors and volunteers who make things happen.  We appreciate you and so do the recipients of our donations.

We received a very nice thank you letter from Shriners Childrens Hospital – they said that “Relief Share’s thoughtfulness provides comfort and support in the treatment of their children.  Their future is made brighter because we care!”

Makes you feel good, doesn’t it – to know sick and needy children are helped through loving hearts and willing hands.

May your summer be going wonderfully and God bless you every step of the day.

Carol Green
President,
Relief Share,
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

Note:  Urgent needs right now are baby clothing, hygiene items, bedding and toys and books for the children in hospital and being cared for through crisis centers.  You can send to the address above, all donations receive a thank you letter/tax deductible receipt.  We are a 501 (c) non profit charity registered with the IRS.

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Darling soft pink gnome - knitted

These darling Relief Share gnomes give the babies and children, who are sick and needy, something to snuggle with. They can help turn a difficult situation into a tolerable one with a soft toy tucked under one arm.

The stress of seeing a preemie baby in the hospital neonatal intensive care unit struggling for breath can be lessened for parents who see a sweet gnome in the side of the isolette with a tiny outfit and blanket made for their baby by strangers filled with love and caring.

You can find the pattern here:

To get started:
Materials: 20 yards of worsted weight wool yarn for the body color 5 yards of worsted weight wool yarn for the skin color clean carded sheep’s wool for stuffing yarn needle size 6 knitting needles (for worsted weight) or size appropriate for weight of yarn You can use any size needle and yarn to create different size gnome babies!

First Leg: Cast on 10 stitches, leaving about a 10″ tail for sewing up the leg Knit 10 rows (garter stitch). Cut yarn leaving a 5″ tail.

Second Leg: (push first leg to bottom of needles) Cast on 10 stitches on same needle that first leg is on this time leaving about a 15″ tail. Like first leg, knit 10 rows (garter stitch).

Body: Now knit both legs together (all 20 stitches). This will form the body. Knit (garter stitch) for 16 rows

Head: Now switch to the skin color – and knit 10 rows in the stockinette stitch (this is one row garter, one row purl). After you have finished the 10th row – bind off all 20 stitches.

Sew up the Body: Start with the shorter piece of yarn on the leg and thread the needle. Fold the leg in half to meet in the middle. (Wrong sides together – the smooth part of the head will be on the inside) Start with a running stitch around the bottom of the leg and pull. Then stitch up the side of the leg. Finish by making a knot with the other yarn end that is in the middle and tuck yarn ends to the outside. Now take the longer string at the end of the other leg and thread yarn needle. Work just like the first leg except continue stitching up the back of the gnome baby. When you reach the skin color – tie off with the other colored yarn. Turn body right side out. Stuff body with wool. Stuff legs first. I use the end of the knitting needle or crochet hook to get the wool in firmly. Stuff up to the beginning of the head. Now take the yarn that you used to knit up the back of the body and make a running stitch between the body color and head color to form the neck. Tie a knot. Now tuck all the loose strings into the head and take the skin color hanging yarn and thread needle. Sew up back of the head only to the top. Cut body color loose string inside head. Stuff head with wool. Now use a running stitch around top of head and tie off with other yarn string. Cut hanging yarns almost to the knot.

Arms: Cast on 8 stitches and knit 8 rows cast off. Sew up cast off edge with a running stitch and then sew up side. Stuff Arm . Repeat for Arm 2.

Hat: Cast on 22 stitches. Knit four rows in the stockinette stitch (Knit one row, Purl one row) for four rows. Now, knit two stitches together at the beginning and end of each knit row (every other row). Continue this until there is only one stitch left. Cut yarn long (about 20″) and pull through loop. Put yarn in yarn needle and sew up back of hat. Let the bottom of the hat roll up a bit for the brim and finish sewing around head and then attach to side of body.

A huge thank you to Tonya for sharing her pattern.

These little gnomes are easy to hand knit or knit on a knitting machine.  I hope you will make some for yourself, family and friends and then keep knitting make some extras to share with us with those in hospitals and shelters.

The pink gnome in the picture was hand knitted on size 6 knitting needles with acrylic yarn for the face, and the rest in worsted weight bamboo yarn.  We doubled the number of stitches in the pattern for a larger gnome, but the smaller gnomes are perfect for little hands, too.  There are many sizes of gnomes you can make, depending on what needles you use, or what machines or how many stitches you knit.

Little gnome snuggly and matching knitted woven ball.

Here is one of the regular size smaller gnomes we made and donated to the hospital.  This little gnome and ball were knitted on an Ultimate Sweater Machine knitting machine (the kind you buy at JoAnn Fabrics) that is not mechanized.  We used Love That Yarn acrylic yarn from Hobby Lobby.  The pattern for the knitted ball is here on our blog as well – please feel free to knit and send them for our sick and needy babies as well.

Pomegranate gnome next to Sea Turtle gnome

We knitted a little pomegranate gnome by hand and you can see the difference between the same pattern knitted on the machine and by hand.  Either way, they are a lot of fun. The little pomegranate gnome was given to a darling little boy at church who was good as gold for the entire hour with his little gnome to keep him company.  There is magic in these little gnomes, we think :-)

Donations of knitted items, knitting supplies such as yarn, needles, etc can be sent to :

Relief Share,
6078 Lundy Rd,
Houston, MO 65483-2225

We are a 501 (c) 3 non profit registered with the IRS. Tax deductible receipts and thank you letters are sent out for donations received. Please include your name and address so we can thank you.

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Part of the Texas County Memorial Hospital donation.

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
President
ReliefShare.org
non profit charity – all donations are tax deductible

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Most recent donation from TW - thank you so much!

What a wonderful summer this is shaping up to be.  Lots of laughing, family and happy times.  The best part of summer is watching the ebb and flow of donations in and out through Relief Share.  While we are having fun enjoying ourselves, we also want others to be happy and enjoy this beautiful life God has blessed us with.  Our efforts to help the sick and needy also are a blessing to us to help us appreciate more what we have.

Some of the donations in are:

A marvelous Accuquilt Go! machine to help us make baby quilts, diaper bags, tote bags, school book bags, foster care bags, twin size quilts for the hospital, and soft toys.  It came with a die to cut small triangles and a square – perfect for all those little scraps of fabric we have been hoarding and cutting up as our hands can handle. As you know, it can be quite painful to do a lot of cutting out, either with scissors or rotary cutters, and the GO! machine is a wonderful blessing to help us be more effective, productive, timely and pain free ;-) Thank you to JW!  We are very grateful for your insightful and much appreciated donation.  JW from VA is Relief Share’s special angel who always seem to know exactly what we need, when we need it.  She has been a long time donor and friend.  She makes miracles happen!

What is brown, rectangular, and has the most wonderful surprise inside?  A box from TW from Manhattan, KS!  Inside we discovered the most darling baby clothing, soft stuffties and soft blocks.  They are going right to the hospital, where they are very much needed by sick and needy children.  Perfect cute choices, TW – you have excellent taste ;-)  We will have some very well dressed little ones due to your love and generous donation!

Did you know Relief Share has the most wonderful friends? Of course you did ;-) Well, our wonderful friends from the Newborns in Need Springfield Chapter drove all the way here to Houston, MO to bring us the most delicious soft cuddly fabric to use for soft toys and lovey comfort blankets.  We were doubly blessed by the good companionship of Judy and Jill for the afternoon. They are such delightful ladies and its a blast to be able to chat about charity work with kindred spirits.  In return we donated clothing, fabric, sewing supplies, PUL for diaper covers, velcro, elastic, fold over elastic – 6 garbage bags full.  It’s fun sharing – together we can help those who need us.  I love Judy so much, she is a marvelous lady with a big kind heart and the ability to handle hundreds of volunteers and keep them all happy helping others.

A lady who is always ready to help is KS. She donates a portion of her ebay auctions to Relief Share through the Mission Fish function on the online action site and also sends us boxes of baby and children’s clothing, etc.  It always puts a smile on my face to see the postage stamp that reads Wise, VA as I know the box will be filled with lots of love. She is also a talented reborn baby doll maker, we love her for all she does for the sick and needy we serve.

CR sends us the most wonderful crocheted afghans, baby cocoons, baby hats and other hand made items.  She has a heart as big as the outdoors and puts her love in action by sharing with God’s tiniest and most helpless babies through Relief Share. God bless you for your care ;-)

MP from Calvert City, KY has been with us for many many years.  Her dedication and sacrifice for others who are sick and needy is an inspiration to all of us, no challenge too big, no need to small.  If you want help, she is always right there for you.  Boxes of supplies, quilt batting, clothing, toys, and other essentials that are much needed come in from MP, just when they are needed the most.  Thank you so much, we love you!

MP of Elizabeth Park, CA sent the sweetest knitted baby clothing.  The love for children is apparent in every article.  Thank you!!

JM of Martinsburg, WV blessed our sick and needy little ones with a large box of darling knitted baby clothing and toys.  Thank you for your donation, it was very much appreciated.

These are just some of the donations received in – we will post more later along with donations out so you can see donations coming in and where they are going, too ;-)

May your summer be as bright and happy as you have made others’ :-)

God bless you,

Carol C Green
ReliefShare.org
info@ReliefShare.org

All donations can be sent to
Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

Note: We have been at this address for 20 years! Isn’t it nice to know some things remain constant?!

 

 

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Someone to watch over me

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

Carol Green
President
Relief Share
info@ReliefShare.org

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Quick and easy baby booties pattern - knit

This darling Relief Share baby booties knitting pattern is great for beginners and experts alike.  (Picture compliments of Wendy).

Knitting needles: size 5 or 6, depending on how tightly you knit.

Gauge: 8 stitches per inch. Use baby yarn.

Size given for small (med, lg)

Cast on 36 (40,44) stitches.  Work in garter stitch (knit all rows) for 12 rows.

Next row: Knit 16 (18, 20) stitches.  Knit next two stitches together (k2tog), slip one stitch from one needle to the other without knitting it (slst), then knit the next stitch and pick up the slipped stitch in front of it and pass it over the knitted stitch (psso), then knit to the end of the row.

Next row: Purl 15 (17, 19) stitches. Purl 2 stitches together (p2tog), then purl the next two stitches together (p2tog), purl to end of row.

Next row: Knit 14 (16, 18) sts. K2tog, slst, psso (see above for the meaning of the abbreviations), then knit to end of row.

Next row: Purl 13 (15, 17), p2tog, p2tog, p to end of row. Continue this way decreasing 2 sts each row until 24 (28, 32) sts remain on needle as follows:

Next row: K 12 (14, 16), k2tog, slst, psso, knit to end of row.

Next row: P 11 (13, 15), p2tog, p2tog, p to end of row.

Next row: k1, (yarn over, k2tog), continue to end of row.  Knit next 6 rows and bind off LOOSELY.

With a crochet hook, chain 80 to make the tie (not show in picture), and run through the eyelet row.  Sew up back and bottom of booties. Ta da!

Have fun knitting up a bunch and pop them into a package to send to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225 to keep the sick and needy babies tootsies warm in hospital and in the shelters.

 

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Lovely blanket and comfort ball

The babies in hospital and children at the shelters love these soft comforting lovey blankets and balls that our ReliefShare.org volunteers make. They love the balls so much that we call them ‘Comfort Balls”.

The blankets are made of soft material – usually 12″ square. One side is polar fleece or flannel and the other minky or fuzzy microfleece – any kind of material can be used as long as it is washable and soft – we’ve even used satin on one side – babies love soft material. Around the edge are loops of knitted i-cord that are sewn securelyl so toys can be attached to the loops or the blanket can be hung on an IV pole for distraction when the medical staff need to work on the child. The babies and children love to play with the loops as well. That’s what makes the blanket fun!

The knitted ball is a huge hit with all ages, there are times the volunteers play with the balls more than the children do. The balls are knitted in 6 strips that measure 8″ long by 2″ wide. (note: yes, the strips can be crocheted as well and so can the icord) For most sport or worsted weight yarn, that means 15 stitches by 50 stitches but you have to use a ruler and adjust the number of stitches as you use other yarn to make the balls. After the strips are knitted, the ball is woven together.

The first attempt at assembling the ball is usually a challenge but if you stick with it, something clicks and then you can assemble the balls with no problem.

The pattern for the knitted ball is found on ravelry.com – just type in ‘knitted ball’ in the search on their website and it pops right up.

Use your scraps of yarn to make comfort balls for all your grandchildren, children, kids at church and local hospital and if you have some left over, we would love it if you would like to send them to us to donate out.

Assembling the balls is not for the faint at heart. If you simply want to knit the strips and send them to us for our volunteers to assemble, that would be wonderful. You can even clean out your yarn stash for a good cause, pop your donation into a box and address it to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225 and we will be happy to knit up the balls and icord for the lovey blankets.

All donations are tax deductible and any and all donations are very welcome. There are no restrictions on what you can send, we make every donation count, no matter what it is.

Any type of yarn will do and any color. Children love lots of color and texture.

The lovey blankets are very easy to assemble as well, sew on the icord – or if you don’t have icord, you can sew on medium and wide width ribbon that is 4″ long and doubled around the edge of the blanket. Sandwich the ribbon inside the two pieces of fabric that are right sides together and sew 1/4″ to 1/2″ seam, leaving a place to turn the blanket right side out. Turn the blanket right side out and sew 1/2″ from the edge all the way around to make sure the icord or ribbon stays in place securely. Ta da! You have created a darling lovey blanket for a little one.

Questions? Email us at info@ReliefShare.org we’d love to hear from you or simply post a reply under this blog post! Happy knitting and sewing.

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Add fun fur and a top knot to make a hat special. It may be the only hat the sick or needy receive. Show them your love by making it special.

Do you like to make hats?

ReliefShare.org volunteers love to makes hats.  Baby hats, chemo hats, hats to keep families warm in cold weather, hats to brighten and cheer and bless, hats knitted, sewn and crocheted with love and prayers. We make them at home, on the road as we travel, at church or visiting with friends. You can make them with us for the sick and needy.  Send them to us to distribute or donate to your favorite charity locally.

When knitting hats, we use soft yarn, like Love that Yarn from Hobby Lobby, Bernat, Lion Brand or Caron Simply Soft – something gentle to the skin and easy to wash (yes, that usually means acrylic so hospitals can put it in the washer and dryer). We also use wool, alpaca and cotton for hats if they are going to individuals who are willing to hand wash them.

The men like the grey ones we do with a black stripe or two, blue shades or the camo yarn hats.  Red Heart makes Softee yarn and Red Heart kids yarn that is soft and wonderful. Some of the super saver yarns, depending on color are okay but some are rough, close your eyes and run your hands over the yarn. The touch test is the best way to tell.

Ladies like it when we put a crocheted flower on the hat and seem to prefer pink or pastel. Kids love lots of color. Babies look cute in anything pastel or colorful, but then again, babies look cute in anything :-D

We usually use size 7 circular needles with worsted weight yarn, but you can use your favorite yarn and needles.

With circular needles or double pointed needles, cast on 80 sts (depending on how large you want the hat to be and the kind of yarn you are using you can cast on 70 or 80).  We love using a long tail cast on as it provides and nice even stretchy base to knit from.  There is nothing more disappointing in spending the time to knit a wonderful hat and find that it won’t stretch over the head (we lovingly call those kind of hats ‘cast iron cuties” and they wind up getting redone or used for doll clothing if the size is right – nothing is ever wasted).

Join in the round, placing a stitch marker on first stitch to mark beginning of round.

Knit for approximately 7 inches then begin decreasing.

Row 1. Knit 8, knit 2 together (repeat to end of row. Row should end with last 2 sts knit together).
Row 2. Knit all sts.
Row 3. Knit 7, knit 2 together (repeat to end of row. Row should end with last 2 sts knit together).
Row 4. Knit all sts.
Row 5. Knit 6, knit 2 together (repeat to end of row. Row should end with last 2 sts knit together).
Row 6. Knit all sts.
Row 7. Knit 5, knit 2 together (repeat to end of row. Row should end with last 2 sts knit together).
Row 8. Knit all sts.

Continue in this manner, switching to double pointed needle (DPN) when it gets too small for the circular needles – or use the magic loop technique if using circulars to finish, until only 8 stitches remain. Cut or break yarn leaving a long tail to thread through the remaining 8 stitches. Tighten the bottom and secure yarn by weaving it up into the inside of the bag a bit until you feel it is secure and won’t come out.

Weave in any ends ( if you choose to do stripes you will have lots of them) and ta-da! All done Sometimes we do an icord knot finish and sometimes an icord loop finish.  Details can make the hat special for the recipient.

Note: Childrens hats are the same pattern as the adult but cast on only 60 for babies or 70 for toddlers/children. Knit for 4 1/2″ for babies and 5 1/2″ for kids then decrease. Women with small heads you can knit for 6 1/2″ instead of 7, depending on how much of a self rolled brim you want the hat to have.

Feel free to knit, sew, felt, craft or crochet hats of all colors and sizes  to donate to charity.  Our address is Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225.  All donations are tax deductible and we are happy to send a thank you letter and tax paperwork to acknowledge your donation.

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Relief Share Presidents note:

Reuben's lovely blanket with icord

How do you like the lovey blankets I am working on?

This is my grandson’s – he gets to test ‘new’ items, and so far, it’s a huge success.

I was making tons of taggie blankets for the hospital but the ribbon cost so much that I decided to knit icords for the edge instead. Yes, it is time consuming but can be done with yarn scraps ;-)

If  you want to help, you can sew the lovey blankets and send them finished to

Relief Share,
6078 Lundy Rd,
Houston, MO 65483-2225 – they are 12″ square and you can use up your scraps for a good cause.

We are needing more soft fuzzy fabric like you see in the picture and minky, chenille, polar fleece, kids prints, flannel, etc to make them with.

Send your left over yarn scraps as well, they make great loops!  If you crochet tubes pretty tightly, they can be used, too.

You should see the kids with this, it’s a lot of fun! These fun comfort lovey blankets go to children in hospital, crisis centers, homeless shelters, adoption agencies, mental health organizations, indian reservations, refugee centers, women’s shelters, etc.

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Thank you so much from our heart to yours!

 

A wonderful heartfelt thank you to the anonymous donor who is helping us meet the need of the sick and indigent by donating fabric supplies. May God bless you as you have blessed many many today!!

Things just keep getting better and better! The postman brought 3 HUGE boxes of fabric. What a wonderful and much needed donation!

There is polar fleece, flannel, cotton, heavier material, quilting fabric, baby fabric…1/2 of it is already gone, being made into baby blankets, diaper bags, foster children tote bags, soft toys, baby layettes and the lace for infant burial gowns.

 

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Donation boxes from JB ;-)

We just got in donations of teddies, stuffed toy dogs, baby cocoons and fabric. It was like Christmas!

The stuffed toys and cocoons were immediately donated to the hospital and the fabric is being sewn up quickly into items for the sick and needy.

Thank you to the wonderful donors and volunteers that make miracles happen for the babies and children in the hospital and crisis centers.

The hospital was so happy to get the items for the children and babies they treat in their children’s hospital. It makes a difficult time for the little ones a little more tolerable with soft blankets, cuddly toys and snuggly cocoons to provide comfort and warmth for healing.

A wonderful lady in the Treasure Valley area of Idaho has gathered together friends and encouraged them to make wonderful hand knitted baby cocoons for the hospital and crisis centers sick and needy.  It is a real treat to have bags of lovely cocoons dropped off at our Boise, Idaho Relief Share office for us to distribute to those who need them the most.

Donation out to St Luke's Childrens Hospital in Boise, Idaho

You can see the pretty cocoons in the donation box next to the super soft teddies and puppies for the children.  Lots of love, time, and prayers are in these soft cuddly baby cocoons.

If you like to knit, crochet or sew and want to help God’s tiniest and most helpless children, feel free to jump in anytime and donate finished items, supplies for our volunteers to make into what is needed and reach out to others who need your love and caring.

Urgent Needs are:

baby clothing, bedding and accessories – anything baby – pacifiers, diapers, wipes, lotion, shampoo, toys, burp cloths, bibs, blankets

toddlers clothing, toys, books, dvds, comfort teddies or soft toys, pillowcases and bedding

family needs – bedding, clothing of all sizes, undergarments, women’s personal items, toothbrushes, soap, towels, washcloths, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, basic cleaning and hygeniene items, books, food items.

Supplies to make needed items: fabric, thread, yarn, patterns, craft supplies, ribbon (for baby taggie blankets, burial layettes), smocking, tatting, knitting, crochet, embroidery, spinning tools and supplies, etc

Donations can be sent to:

Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225

Visit us on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/ReliefShare

Our email is info@ReliefShare.org – drop us a line or post a comment on our blog.

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Baby in a hospital incubator

Relief Share charity efforts are focused this spring of 2012 on the most  urgent needs – and  right now they are for babies.   Here is a brief list of supplies and items needed the most, however, we accept all donations of any kind.

Supplies needed: – jumbo rick rack for the edges of the receiving blankets (lots of it – it takes 2 packages per receiving blanket),  The rick rack helps the blankets last longer on the edges as it stabilizes the fabric and adds a pretty edging.

- flannel for baby layettes, quilts and blankets

- sewing thread, serging thread, embroidery thread, tatting thread, quilting thread – yes, any kind of thread ;-)   We go through a lot of it.

- fabric – baby print, minky, chenille, flannel, knit, cotton, pastel – any kind of fabric is used, right down to the scraps.  We do whole cloth quilts, scrap quilts, patchwork quilts, baby clothing, diaper bags, etc.  Think soft and think baby colors.

- yarn – all colors, all kinds for hats, layettes, blankets, toys, etc. – ribbon for baby taggie blankets and burial layettes

- trims for baby clothing and blankets (bias, twill, rosettes, appliques, etc)

- scissors, rotary cutters, tools, knitting needles (circular needles are the best), crochet hooks, felt, craft supplies, sewing, crochet, crafting, beading, embroidery, tatting and knitting supplies.

Items needed:

- baby clothing such as onesies, layettes, sleepers, gowns, hats, booties, socks, hats

- baby accessories such as diaper bags, hygiene items (diaper rash lotion, shampoo, soap, lotion, baby powder), formula, diapers (cloth and disposable), pacifiers, bottles, nursing pillows – anything a baby needs.

- baby afghans, baby cocoons, swaddlers and baby afghans remain our number one most requested items.  Keeping little ones warm and snuggled for healing and growth is very important.

Ship donations to:

Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, Missouri 65483-2225

Thank you for your supporting our cause. We love the babies and their families and it feels wonderful to help the sick and needy. Relief Share is a non profit charity registered with the IRS and charity reporting agency, GuideStar.  All donations receive a thank you letter and tax deductible letter – please put a note in the donation boxes with your address so we can send you your thank you letter.

President Carol Green
www.ReliefShare.org
info@ReliefShare.org – email us – we’d love to hear from you.

 

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St Vincent de Paul was delighted to get the needed items for the sick and needy they serve. Our volunteers enjoy supporting local efforts to help those who are struggling with economic downturns.  The weather is getting warmer but still nippy on days – especially when folks are homeless with babies and small children.  Thank you to the wonderful Relief Share family of donors and volunteers who work hard to make what is needed and provide the supplies to make the items.

Donations out

Donation out:

2 crib sheets
3 afghans
3 receiving blankets
2 baby blankets
5 pr of handmade baby booties
7 hand knit hats
fabric
2 shirts
1 toy
5 embroidery hoops
4 toy bags
1 child’s game
1 child’s apron
2 boxes of baby clothing and bedding, 1 box of toys
baby cocoons and hats

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Missouri tornado damage - digging out

 

Relief Share is working with an organization that is getting several referrals from the Red Cross for those that were affected by the recent tornado in Branson and the one in Buffalo.

The urgent need list is: diapers, wipes, toiletries, socks, bottles,pacifiers, and items which have to be purchased by those affected.

Sewing supplies (fabric, thread, quilt batting), knitting and crochet supplies are needed as well.  We will be making and donating many quilts.

Gift cards from larger department stores such as Walmart and Target are appreciated and  donations of money to info@ReliefShare.org through Paypal are helpful as are donations via check, money orders or Western Union.

Every little bit helps – please reach out and offer support to those who need you.

Helping others in the service of the Lord - Missouri tornado relief

New or used household items are also much needed – clean out your closets to a good cause and put them in a box. Ship them to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225 attn: disaster relief outreach.

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Heart Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern

Heart blanket to warm the body and the heart

An easy knitting pattern for a baby blanket featuring hearts. Garter stitch is knit between the hearts which are reverse stockinette stitch on a stockinette background.

Finished Size
30″ x 40″

Gauge
5 sts=1″

Materials
Size 6 US (4.25 mm) circular needles, 29″ or longer
7 skeins Bernat Satin
100% Acrylic
3.5 oz / 100 g
163 yd / 149 m

Instructions: CO 135 sts.
K 8 rows.
Rows 1, 3 and 5 (RS): K
Rows 2, 4 and 6: K8, (p19, k6) 4 times, p19, k8
Row 7: K8, (k9, p1, k15) 4 times, k9, p1, k17
Row 8: K8, (p8, k3, p8, k6) 4 times, p8, k3, p8, k8
Row 9: K8, (k7, p5, k13) 4 times, k7, p5, k15
Row 10: K8, (p6, k7, p6, k6) 4 times, p6, k7, p6, k8
Row 11: K8, (k5, p9, k11) 4 times, k5, p9, k13
Row 12: K8, (p5, k9, p5, k6) 4 times, p5, k9, p5, k8
Row 13: K8, (k4, p11, k10) 4 times, k4, p11, k12
Row 14: K8, (p4, k11, p4, k6) 4 times, p4, k11, p4, k8
Row 15: K8, (k3, p13, k9) 4 times, k3, p13, k11
Row 16: K8, (p3, k13, p3, k6) 4 times, p3, k13, p3, k8
Rows 17 and 19: Rep Row 15
Row 18: Rep Row 16
Row 20: K8, (p3, k6, p1, k6, p3, k6) 4 times, p3, k6, p1, k6, p3, k8
Row 21: K8, (k3, p6, k1, p6, k9) 4 times, k3, p6, k1, p6, k11
Row 22: K8, (p4, k4, p3, k4, p4, k6) 4 times, p4, k4, p3, k4, p4, k8
Row 23: K8, (k5, p2, k5, p2, k11) 4 times, k5, p2, k5, p2, k13
Row 24: Rep Row 2 Rep Rows 1-24 until desired length.
K 8 rows.
BO.

Thank you to  Ann Saglimbene for sharing her free pattern for this blanket.  Lots of babies in the hospital will now be cuddly warm.  This is also a wonderful pattern for making chemo blankets for patients.

Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

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Love in action - working together to help others.

This winter has been cold but filled with hearts made warm and cozy with lots of love in action from ReliefShare.org volunteers and donors from all over the country.  A huge thank you going out to all those who have been shopping, knitting, sewing, serging, tatting, crocheting, crafting and de-cluttering for the benefit of the sick and needy we are helping.

Recent donations received include:
- hand knitted and crocheted hats
- prayer shawls
- afghans – all sizes
- baby blankets and snuggler cocoons
- baby sweaters and clothing
- infant demise layette sets
- crocheted, knitted and sewn booties
- children’s clothing and diapers
- hygiene supplies for needy families
- food items
- household goods – kitchen items, bedding, towels, electronics, etc
- beautiful quilts
- knitted and woven soft toys, stuffed animals and balls
- videos, books and toys

Donations have been give out to hospitals, homeless shelters, crisis centers, individuals, pediatric clinics, and other organizations that help the sick and needy.

Honorable mentions for donations and service include:

Janet W – WV
Melody G – CT
Michele H – UT
Kimiko S – VA
Jennifer S – ID
Dan W – MO
Christine R – SD
Herbert P – TX
Mary S – NC
SharpShoppersClub – MO
USCybertek – MO
Light Speed Interactive – ID
LDS Humanitarian – ID
Brian J – AZ
K W – ME
John S – AR
Barbara L – CT
Ethel V – OR
Charlotte B -CA
Cynthia S – WV
Ozark Glass – MO
JC Auto – MO
Marla P – KY
Grace D – PA
Terry W – KS
Diane H – AR

May God bless each and every one of you who answer his call to help.  If you would like to help there are many things you can do.

- Spread the work and share our link of www.ReliefShare.org on your facebook page,  twitter feed, or website.

- Go shopping and have a blast at the sales, then put your purchases for the sick and needy in a box and send it to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225.

- Clean out your closets for a good cause, de-clutter your home, teach your children and grandchildren about caring for others at Family Home Evening, family gatherings or one on one times – reach out to others by using your talents God has given you.

- Share your ideas to make the world a better place with others and ACT upon what you know to be right.

Start right were you are, right where you stand with what you have available and bless the lives of those around you.

We love your donations and are happy to get them to where they are needed the most, but you can also donate and help locally to strengthen your community.

Bloom where you are planted and spread God’s message of love and hope in your own special way.  It may be a smile, a hug or a warm blanket.

In the words of a wonderful Christian leader of men, Spencer W Kimball - “Just Do It!”

With love and gratitude,
Carol Green
President
Relief Share

info@ReliefShare.org

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Your left over scrap yarn makes wonderful afghans for sick and needy patients in the hospital. Our volunteers love to work with your yarn.

It really makes a big difference to the volunteers when they come to work meetings to have nice supplies for them to work with. The saddest thing I see is folks standing around because there are limited supplies to work with and only so many machines to work on. That’s when I grab a handful of knitting needles or crochet hooks and start encouraging folks to do hand work while they wait their turn on the sergers.

We were out in the garage inventory tonight getting ready for tomorrow’s work meeting and folks even tracked me down out there to get help for a little 4 month old baby.  I had toys and formula bottles to give but no clothing for her as she takes 3 to 6 mo size and will be in 6 to 9 soon – she is a big baby ;-)   I am going to have to see what I can do to get some clothes made for her tomorrow in between working on baby burial layette sets, quilts, blankets, afghans, etc.  We only work at the work rooms from 10 to 2 so there is a lot of work crammed into the day.  I may just have to see what I can get sold on ebay to get her some clothes. She is okay for a few weeks and that will allow me time to sell something and find some sales.

I love this work, I love helping others and it’s fun to have the challenges of finding the need, organizing the work, working with the volunteers and seeing the fruits of our labors bless the sweet babies and their families.  I am so grateful to volunteers for their donations of supplies.

We are washing a bunch of used toys to go to the hospital tomorrow in cocoons.  The babies get a warm cocoon and a toy, too – mostly teddy bears and dollies ;-)

I get asked all the time what the most urgent needs are.  The simple answer is:

FABRIC – flannel, flannelette, soft, minky, chenille, velour, cotton, cotton blends, PUL, muslin, broadcloth, kids print, decorator fabric, felt, sherpa, polar fleece, micro fleece, corderoy, quilters cotton, any kind of fabric.

YARN – wool, cotton, acrylic, blends, all weights and colors, eyelash, fancy, solid colors, variegated – we use everything

SEWING SUPPLIES – serger and sewing thread, scissors, pins, needles, machines – serger and sewing machines, books, patterns, sewing tools, sewing birds

KNITTING & CROCHET SUPPLIES: knitting needles (we use circulars the most), crochet hooks, stitch markers, spinning wheels, yarn winders, swifts, felting supplies and tools,

SMOCKING SUPPLIES – pleaters, thread, patterns, pleater needles, batiste, etc

TATTING SUPPLIES – shuttles, needles, winders, thread, patterns.

BATTING – oh yes, please.  We are always running out of batting.  Queen size is best and we also need baby quilt batting and twin size, too.

Donations are tax deductible and can be sent to:

Relief Share,
6078 Lundy Rd,
Houston, MO 65483-2225

Please be sure to include your address so we can send you your thank you letter and tax receipt.  If you want to help us save money on postage, include your email address and we can email you the letter ;-) We are also happy to mail you your letter if you would like a hard copy on file.

Thanks for being part of our Relief Share family.  You are an important family member to help this old world be a better place!

Hugs

President Carol Green
info@ReliefShare.org

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Sewing for charity is a rewarding activity - both for the volunteers and the ones who receive the needed items.

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 –

- donate to ReliefShare.org by sending a paypal donation to info@ReliefShare.org
– send a box of gently used or new items for babies, children and adults to

Relief Share,
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,
ReliefShare.org charity

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2012 is going to be a banner year. Relief Share volunteers have rolled up their sleeves, opened their wallets, filled their schedules with charity work and the results of dedicated love for the babies is showing up in a plethora of donations to where it counts the most!

Donation out to Texas County Food Pantry and Crisis Center, January 12, 2012 delivered in person by Relief Share Vice President

1 receiving blanket
3 pair mens pajamas
4 baby bibs
7 baby sleepers
4 coats
4 pants
1 roll masking tape
4 tops
2 baby onesies
1 pr mittens
1 dress
2 pr socks
1 dog bed and pillow

Donation to Newborns in Need, Springfield Chapter (run by a very lovely lady, President Judy McDuffie) Mailed Jan 10, 2012
4 baby afghans
8 baby bibs
5 shirts
10 crocheted children’s soft balls
16 knitted woven children’s soft balls
3 knitted hats
6 crocheted hats
2 pr pants
1 baby sleeper
1 pr baby shoes
1 toddler blue jean jacket
12 preemie hats
1 toy
7 baby onesies
1 baby jacket

Donation to local Church for needy in area.
2 large shelves full of warm adult sweaters – many large garbage size bags full. Thank you to Susan and Phil for delivering those items to where they are needed the most.

Donations to individuals needing items the first two weeks in January 2012:
Baby cocoon for little girl
Baby clothing and accessories for little baby boy
Warm hats to needy family
Sewing supplies for grandmother to make items for grandchildren
Sewing supplies to make items for chemo patients
Toys for needy family

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Donation for the babies in Texas County, Missouri

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We’ve been donating to Children’s Mercy Hospital for 20 years now.  It is wonderful to know our donations are very much appreciated and used to help the sick and needy children that are patients.  Here is their thank you letter – it really belongs to everyone – all the donors, the volunteers and those who offer up their prayers for the children – synergism at it’s best!

Thank you from Children’s Mercy Hospital to Relief Share
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Snuggly, cuddly receiving blankets for baby.

Today was a wonderful day here at Relief  Share.  We were very busy in the morning getting a donation ready to go to the hospital made from the gorgeous flannel that arrived in a donation box from our Relief Share guardian angel (who wishes to remain anonymous, but is very much loved by everyone).

The flannel is darling – little dalmations romping over soft fuzzy flannel in pink and yellow, cute ducks that make you smile when you look at it. Other flannel from our inventory room was also used – in fact, we just used up ALL the flannel on hand so the hospital will have enough receiving blankets this chilly winter for the precious babies.  Firemen puppies, cute green dinosaurs, pink check, white and orange polka dot, pastel plaids, cute kids prints – all cut out to 36 x 45 with rounded corners and carefully serged.

We love using the wooly nylon to make the flannel receiving blankets look more store bought and professional when we have it. So much love sewn into the baby blankets….

A large box came in to the office of baby clothing and accessories and it’s already been delivered to the crisis center, along with another box that came in from a wonderful reborner, Kimiko Stallard, who sends boxes of books, childrens clothing and accessories regularly.  She also donates part of her ebay auctions to Relief Share and we appreciate her.

This afternoon we took the donation to the hospital and they were so pleased with everything in it. Thank you to all who help us help the sick and needy ;-)

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What are your New Years resolutions?  A quick search on the net shows that the number one New Years resolution is to lose weight.  We had to blink twice at that one because many of the sick and needy we serve don’t have that problem. In fact, they have trouble finding the resources to get enough food to eat.

If you are trying to keep your New Years resolution of losing weight, we have some suggestions that might help ;-)

1.  One day a week fast for one meal (or two) and donate the money you would have spent on those meals to charity.   Give it to your church, your local food pantry or send it to

Relief Share,
6078 Lundy Rd,
Houston, MO 65483-2225.

If you would have eaten something you already have in your home in your food storage – take the cans or boxes you don’t eat to your local food pantry, or donate them to a family you know could use them.

2.  We all know exercise helps us lose weight.  Get off the computer, stop watching the TV and dig out your sewing machine, knitting machine or serger and make some baby blankets or receiving blankets – perhaps a quilt or two to give away.  It will stimulate your heart and mind at the same time and bless the lives of the sick and needy.  If you prefer to hand knit or crochet – I bet there are some chemo patients that would love a hat to keep their heads warm or a prayer shawl or afghan to keep them snuggled and warm during the long hours of laying there getting chemotherapy for cancer.

3.  Gaining weight, for some of us, comes from comfort eating, do something else instead! Bad day – chocolate, upset – ice cream, family party and feeling good – Grandma’s famous peach pie, special occasion – root bear floats and birthday cake…well, you get the idea. Good or bad, we tend to reach for food to complete the situation.  Space abhors a vacuum.  Instead of reaching for food eating food, try doing something nice for someone else.  It’s hard to fork more pie in your mouth if your hands are busy sewing quilts for the crisis center and you can’t reach for the jelly beans at home on the counter if you are giving your neighbor in his wheelchair a walk in the sunshine for a much needed outing. Attend a local charity work meeting, volunteer time at the local library, or keep your hands and mind busy doing another productive service for someone – like weeding their garden when they can’t.

4.  There are good weight loss products to help boost your efforts (and there are many bad ones).  We recommend a supplement that compliments your efforts, not one that shocks your body into unhealthy weight loss.  After a great deal of research, we found that America’s number one health weight loss supplement is HCG drops.  Not all drops are good for you, though, depending on what the manufacturer has put in the bottle.  The most productive, safe, and cost effective can be found at www.herbalhealthco.com – you must stick to the diet suggested, but if you do, it works well.  HCGslim can help you get the body you want, healthy, strong and trim.  The company also donates to Relief Share – we are grateful for that.

Good luck! We would love to hear how your New Years resolutions are coming. Please feel free to respond to this post and share!

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Precious child of God.

You know, it is always a wonderful experience to take donations to where they are needed.   We love to go to Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis as there is a good feeling at the hospital and it feels marvelous to know that the children there get the help they need at no cost to them.

This time we thought that perhaps the hospital would be inundated with donations because of Christmas.  Surprise, surprise – not so.  When we took our donation, the bags were immediately gone through as personnel searched for warm clothing and blankets for children in ‘same day’ surgery needed them.  Families who had very little needed warm blankets to take their children home in the cold weather.  It really made us appreciate the need for our donations and glad we were there to help.

Here is what we took this week – personally delivered by the President – who loves to be knee deep in all the charity work with the volunteers!

SHRINERS CHILDRENS HOSPITAL – ST LOUIS donation
Baby quilts – 5
Baby blankets – 7
Full size Quilts – 2
Games and toys – 2
Children’s pants – 7
Baby bibs – 2
Baby washcloths – new in packages 52
Socks – 1
Little girls hairbands/bows – 15
totebags/diaper bags – 2
receiving blankets – 2
fleece throw blankets – 2
soft stuffed animals – new with tags  – 26
children’s shirts – 2
baby lotion – 3
doll pillows – 3
hand knitted hat – 1
baby powder – 1
body wash – 1
shampoo – 1
musical pull toy – 1

We strongly encourage folks to donate to Shriners.  You can find their address by typing it in google. Simply put what you want to donate to them in a box and ship it.  Items should be NEW.  Their most urgents needs are for quilts – all sizes – and blankets or afghans.

Thank you to everyone who sent donations and made this gift to the sick and needy children possible.  If you would like to help with donations to Shriners and other hospital and centers, please send your donations of new or gently used clean items to:

Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 64583-2225

 

All donations are acknowledged with a thank you letter/tax receipt mailed out to donors, so please include your name and address in the boxes you are shipping ;-)

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Lots of love and hard work going out in this donation

When you want to talk to God, pray. When you want God to talk to you, read your scriptures….well, most of the time. Actually God can come in loud and clear just when you need him through friends and good neighbors from all over the world.

Today, God reached out and blessed us at Relief Share in a very good very welcome way. Funds are a bit tight (that is the polite way of saying non-existant) and we were getting pretty frantic about how to get donations out to where they were needed the most.

We always try to use volunteers, or ourselves at the Relief Share offices, to personally deliver the beautiful items our donors and volunteers have been working on and sent for the sick and needy. Most of the time, we are pretty effective at doing just that, however, this wonderful *cough,cough* economy has put a damper on donations this Christmas season. Folks hearts are in the right place but their money tree has had salt poured on the roots and many family’s money trees just not might make it much longer.

Relief Share is mainly funded by public donations, our Ebay auctions, flea market booth, personal donations from the Founders, and picking up quarters in the Wal Mart parking lot if we happen to see them lying there (no kidding).

Today as we realized that the winter cold is getting colder and the Relief Share bank account wasn’t matching the need to get the warm clothing, bedding and essentials to where they were needed, an angel dropped a text message in on our cell phone and asked if we had checked our account recently.

Our hearts were full of gratitude as we saw she had put a sizable amount in our paypal account so we could start shipping the waiting donations immediately. What a marvelous blessing she is to the babies and families we serve. What a wonderful boost of Christmas cheer she has given us to enable us to do what God has called us to do.

God loves everyone and encourages, through a still small voice, our action to help the sick and needy, our love in action is very much needed. There was one more donation that came through later that day from another sweet angel with enough to ship more packages to where they need to go.

Donation going out

Thank you so much for ALL of your help. It takes donors, volunteers, nurses, doctors, crisis center managers, and very precious sweet angels who continue to support this work in a myriad of ways to make miracles happen.

So, what are we sending out?

Here is a small sampling! We would post more, but are busy packing boxes and putting finishing touches on items to go!

Donation 1: (hospital donation for the obstetrical unit):
preemie baby blankets with crocheted edgings – 7 blue, 4 light pink, 1 camo pink, 2 green, 1 blue print, 21 bottles, 1 baby book, 4 baby afghans, 20 baby hats (preemie to newborn sizing), 9 baby booties, baby cocoons, hygiene items, and baby clothing

Donation 2: (County Crisis center):
Large amount of – Shoes, craft supplies for residents, toys, blankets, baby powder, pants, shirts, sweaters.

Donation 3: (Pregnancy Crisis Center)
Boxes of blankets, hats, booties/shoes, receiving blankets, pillows, socks, heart and scratch mitt sets, onesies/tshirts,  baby vest for NICU, baby cocoons.

May God bless you this wonderful Christmas season and may he allow miracles to happen in your life.

Merry Christmas to you from Relief Share!
Relief Share – love in action
6078 Lundy Rd,
Houston, MO 65483-2225

info@ReliefShare.org

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Thank you for asking about our free patterns.  Here they are – have fun!  Note – you have to copy the links and paste them into your browser.  We don’t know why but the hyperlinks in our wordpress blog aren’t working.  However, the links work just fine if you cut and paste them ;-)

Knitted baby cocoon pattern – http://www.reliefshare.org/wordpress/index.php/2010/10/26/knitting-for-baby-cocoons/
Knitted braided woven ball – http://www.reliefshare.org/wordpress/index.php/2011/06/07/braided-knitted-ball-for-charity-pattern-children-love-these/
Sewn baby cocoon pattern – http://www.reliefshare.org/wordpress/index.php/2010/11/30/free-baby-cocoon-pattern-to-sew/
Infant demise sewn pattern – http://www.reliefshare.org/wordpress/index.php/2011/08/20/relief-share-infant-demise-burial-gown/http://www.smocking.org/files/nt7n_weecare_program1.pdf

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Carol Green,
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Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in Heaven.

Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in Heaven.

In today’s world it is hard to keep your nose above water.  What floats your boat?  What makes you do what you do and think what you think?

Well, the short answer is ‘decisions’.   Decisions are affected by two forces, and two forces only.  Faith and fear. If you think you can, you can, if you think you can’t you can’t.  It really is that simple.  Decisions made with faith can be empowering and beneficial to everyone – those are the kind of decisions that lead to volunteering to help charities, offering to give assistance to a neighbor, smiling at strangers out of sheer happiness and wanting to share joy.

There are many many children who don’t have decent parents and many without any parents at all. I see a lot of the sad side of life because of the two national charities my husband and I founded.

It is good to always seek for happy productive people to have in your circle of friends. The sad and bad is out there, but life is a choice and reaching for peace, joy, love and happiness is always the way to find more. What we think about and seek is what we will find as our thoughts become actions and actions create our environment.

Want to be happy and have a seaworthy boat that floats?  Volunteer or donate today to a charity of your choice!

If you choose to help us, our address to send donations to is:

Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

Urgent needs:

Baby items: recieving blankets, baby quilts, clothing, diapers, pacifiers, lotion, etc

sewing and crafting supplies – yarn, fabric, thread, knitting needles, crochet hooks, etc.

Carol Green
President
ReliefShare.org

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Baby cocoons also make wonderful gifts for 'little mothers'. This is our youngest ReliefShare volunteer helping us with pictures of the latest cocoon we made.

This week has been fun with darling hand knit baby cocoons donated out to sweet new babies.  One cotton/acrylic blend solid pink cocoon with a flower was donated out to a darling new little girl.  Another cocoon in purple and blue swirl was donated out to a precious little baby soon to be born.  Three hand knit stripe cocoons in blue and brown were donated out to the hospital in Gilbert, Arizona for babies born to families in need.

The most urgent needs right now are for baby items -  quilts, receiving blankets, knitted baby cocoons, booties, baby afghans and baby clothing.  These smallest of God’s children are helpless and have no way of providing essentials for themselves.

Baby cocoons are requested by the hospitals.  One hospital, alone, has asked for 300 baby cocoons.  We have been able to knit and donate 100 of the baby cocoons for them thus far for them and another hospital just asked for 100 more.  Cocoons are a great item to knit while you are on the go or using spare moments during the day as they are done on size 7 – 16″ circular needles and is very quick and easy.  For preemie/newborn sizes, cast on 70 stitches and knit for 16″ then decrease.  For newborn size cocoons, cast on 80 stitches, knit for 18″ and decrease.  The matching hats for the cocoons are done by casting on 60 stitches, knitting for 4″ and decreasing.  Here is a link to the pattern http://www.reliefshare.org/wordpress/index.php/2010/11/15/350-baby-cocoons-for-the-hospital-are-needed/

Relief Share could also really use help with making burial layettes.  These are very precious layettes that have a burial gown, bonnet, blanket, and memorial item.  The sewing on these special layettes need to be paid special attention to as this is the last little gown that baby will be snuggled in before returning home to Heavenly Father.  Here is the pattern: http://www.reliefshare.org/wordpress/index.php/2011/08/20/relief-share-infant-demise-burial-gown/

When the Lord touches your heart to help, many times he guides you to what is most important and will bless your life as you create the items needed.  Finding joy in service brings many blessings to the giver as well as the receiver.

Carol Green
President
ReliefShare.org

 

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If  you would like to help others by knitting, crocheting, sewing, surging, tatting, embroidery, quilting, or even shopping – please ‘think outside the box’ on how you can go the extra mile to help other whose life can be made better by your love, generosity and care.

Wait, did you catch the last idea? Shopping? Yes, we meant to put that in. We have wonderful donors who LOVE to shop.  Our marvelous talented shoppers take their ‘fun money’ and go shopping thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales, outlet malls and clearance isles to help others with items such as baby blankets, clothing and accessories, hygiene items like soap, toothpaste, hair brushes, diaper ointment, shampoo and conditioner. Boxes of books, videos, toys, diaper bags, large print books for the elderly, movies to keep children in hospital peaceful and happy, and makeup for teens in Shriners Childrens Hospital who have spent months in hospital – many times years filled with many hospital visits and need to feel ‘normal’.  That eyeshadow or lipstick on sale for .25 many not make much of a dent in your household budget, but it could mean the world to a teenager who has been staring at the hospital wall for months, stuck in her body cast and feeling left out of the world.

Children’s videos are extremely important.  We have watched children who are in a great deal of pain and have had surgery after surgery settle down and calmly watch a Disney movie and let their bodies heal instead of fighting the nausea that haunts them and focusing in on the pain that washes over their days endlessly.  You can give them the distraction they need by providing a toy, book, video, coloring book and crayons to allow them at least a few stolen moments away from the constant pain and drudgery of hospital life. Will you?  We do hope so.

A few extra moments of your time, a couple of extra items in your shopping cart – you could be the angel of mercy for those who are suffering, sad and needing your help to feel God’s love through the gift from a stranger who cared.  Please don’t wait – the pain and loneliness for the children in the hospital and the aged in the old folks homes doesn’t wait.  Do something now, today.

If you only have a moment and no time to go shopping or pack a box for the sick and needy, then please just take a minute to click on the link to donate a few dollars through Paypal to Relief Share.  We have volunteer shoppers who would be happy to go shopping on your behalf and take the items to those who need them.

The last donation of funds was given by a beautiful kind lady who wanted to help us with yarn.  She donated $50 through Paypal.  We were thrilled that she would be the answer to prayers for those who need the baby cocoons that the hospital requested to distribute to the most destitute of their patients.  Because we are a charity  and have a non profit status, often times we can get the needed supplies and items for a lot less when donations of money come in. Her $50 bought far more than if she had gone to the store and bought it herself.  Both Relief Share volunteers and the donor were thrilled!

Carol Green
President
Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

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Soft woven knitted balls

One of the items that ReliefShare.org loves to make and donate is our knitted woven balls.  These soft fun balls are loved by children and adults alike. Hospitals can use them to help patients who are in rehabilitation from eye surgery, burns or need hand to eye coordination activities to toss and catch the soft knitted ball without getting hurt.

The re-purposed function of the knitted woven balls are that the centers are hollow and you can put things in them without them falling out. We use the plastic containers that the knee high pantihose come in from Wal Mart – we put a jingle bell inside the round plastic containers, permanently glue the small container shut and insert it inside the ball.  This makes a baby rattle that moms and babies love.  The old folks love to use our balls for their animals to play with, providing hours of entertainment for shut ins.

Relief Share donates to locations all across America, we also donate  internationally through other organizations as our combined efforts saves us on shipping and helps them to help others.We like to wind a ball of yarn (you can get whole skeins of yarn wound and fitting inside the balls) and insert them in the balls. When the balls are sent out, particularly to regions of the world who are in short supply of essential materials for necessary goods, the yarn can be taken out and used to knit or crochet mittens, hats, baby layettes, crib blankets, etc and the balls use for play or children, babies and curious adults.

Warning: making the balls is fun and addicting. They are like potato chips, you can’t just eat one.  The first one you make will seem frustrating and complicated, but once you get the first one done, they are quick, easy and a pleasure to make.  The pattern is free and so are the smiles.

If you would like to help by knitting or crocheting soft balls for the sick and needy, we would love the donations.  Use your own pattern or make some like these – the babies and children love soft toys.  You’ll have fun and will bless the lives of others as well.

Carol Green
President
ReliefShare.org
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

 

 

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Warn knitted hat - one size fits children and adult

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.

Attention to detail makes the hat fit better and look nicer

Cute soft baby doll bed, re-purposed hat by a little girl - smart thinking.

Just a few extra minutes with a crochet hook and adding a button really puts that 'touch of love' message to recipients.

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.

Carol Green
President
Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

 

 

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Unconditional love in action - charity work.

Relief Share has been very busy week this week.. It is wonderful to see donations like the tide, flowing in and out with a beautiful rhythm of love.

Donations out -

Donation 1 (organization that helps sick and needy)- 260 sweaters and t-shirts, 60 preemie afghans, 600 items of baby clothing, 100 bottles and nipples, 200 pounds of fabric, afghans, blankets, hats, booties, burial layettes, buntings, gowns, washcloths, cocoons, toys, 6 baby quilts and sewing supplies.

Donation 2 (for a family) – barrel of wheat, toys, puzzles, books, office supplies, clothing, suitcase, books, figurines, blankets, sweaters, t-shirts, fabric, yarn, sewing supplies, tapes

Donation 3 (for a family) – 2 large bags of sweaters, 3 boxes of food, toys, books, household items

Donation 4 (hospital) – burial layettes, 15 preemie afghans, hats, booties, baby clothing, diapers, bottles, wet wipes

Donation 5 (for a family) – food, clothing, bean bag chair

Donation 6 (for a family) – donation out, boxes of food, cases of honey

Donation 7 (for an individual) – fabric and sweaters

Donation 8  (for an individual) – fabric, food, sweaters

Donation 9 (for a family) – baby clothing and accessories

Donation 10  (for an individual) -baby clothing and blankets

It is through the generous donations from donors and volunteers of their time, talents, goods, money and love that makes miracles possible.  May everyone feel hope, peace, light and love this week as we are blessed and in turn bless others.

All donations are accepted to bless the lives of the sick and needy.  Items should be new or nearly new and in good condition. Our volunteers do their best to clean and repair donations but it is nice when they arrive already tidy, in working condition and clean :-)

Carol Green
President
ReliefShare.org

Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

 

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Sewing cloth mama pads

What a wonderful time we are having at Relief Share to take care of the sick and needy. In under a week we have donated out 15 lap afghans to the wheelchair bound, boxes and bags of clothing and bedding to the sick and needy, and  toys to the children who need them.  Donations going out this week is a truckload of sweaters and t-shirts to Missouri residents (some  of them survivors of the Joplin tornado), boppies to nursing mothers, baby cocoons to the hospital and new mothers in the area, baby clothing to 3 soon to be babies, pacifiers to the hospital, afghans, blankets, infant burial layettes, dolls and toys, books for the homebound to read and more.

Relief Share has been blessed with very generous donations of fabrics that just came in. The boxes are filled with the most delicious scrumptious high quality fabric that our volunteers are over the moon with.  One of the directors kept exclaiming, “Do you know what fabric this is? It’s the very best! Oh my gosh, I LOVE this designer…come see the fabric colors!  WOW, this fabric is so soft and dreamy, I can’t wait to get it sewn up for the hospital, it’s perfect for the preemie babies.”

Yes, I listed to nearly an hour of folks thrilled with the fabric sent for our sick and needy.  I can’t thank the wonderful donor enough.  Everyone is so grateful for her knowledge of fabric and willingness to share it with us to help those who desperately need the items that will be made.

May God bless her as plentifully and generously as she has blessed the most helpless and needy of His children. She is truly his hands and feet here on the earth answering fervent prayers for needed essentials for the babies and their families.

Donations arriving

Boxes of much needed new baby clothing has also arrived from a wonderful long time donor, Terry W.  The timing was perfect, as usual, as requests for help had just been documented when her boxes showed up with everything in them for the babies.  Marianne C. has sent beautiful preemie afghans for the little ones in the hospital and Shirley B made the most beautiful little burial gowns that are so precious and appreciated.  Roberta M. always sends the prettiest blankets with gorgeous crocheted trim and lovely crocheted afghans along with dollies for the little ones in the hospital that love a dolly to snuggle with.  Her donations are carefully and lovingly packed with the greatest of care.  J. W. blesses us with lovely fabrics that are just perfect for the quilts we make for families to snuggle under.  Our volunteers love working with them.

We were also blessed by a sweet lady who was willing to trade some of her yarn stash with us for supplies we didn’t need so we would have the yarn needed to knit baby cocoons, hats, booties and chemo hats and prayer shawls.  Yarn is always in short supply and we are so grateful for donations of yarn of any kind and color. It’s fun when white or cream wool yarn is donated and we can color it with koolaide in the microwave for permanent coloring to make fun kids print colors.

It takes all of us working together to help answer God’s call to serve his most helpless and needy children.  Great blessings are in store for those who answer the spirit’s whisperings.

All donations can be sent to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225.  Do you know this is the same address we have had for 2 decades now? In a world that is constantly changing, it is nice to know some things don’t change. Our love for God’s children will never change and our efforts on their behalf will never cease.  Your efforts combined with ours create miracles.  Thank you so much.

unraveling sweaters to get yarn to knit into baby cocoons

What kind of donations are needed?

Supplies:

Sewing – fabric, thread, scissors, rotary cutters, blades, rulers, snaps, pins, needles, patterns, templates, sergers, sewing machines, etc
Knitting and crocheting – yarn (all kinds all colors), knitting needles (circular 16″ size 7 the most but all circular and straight needles, dpns) stitch counters, yarn winders, swifts, spinning wheels, patterns, books, crochet hooks, etc
Tatting – tatting shuttles, patterns, books, threads
Quilting – fabric, templates, quilters basting gun,  batting (a huge need), books, patterns, etc
Embroidery – thread, hoops, patterns, books, fabric
Smocking – pleater, pleating needles, batiste, quilting thread, embroidery and kreinik thread
Office supplies – paper, envelopes, cards, pens, TP, wet wipes, canon ink. digital camera (a huge need).

new and gently used baby and childrens clothing.
basic essentials – hygiene items, shampoo, toothpaste, conditioner, combs, brushes, toothpaste, underwear (all sizes) etc.

Baby items: diaper bags, bottles, pacifiers (a huge need – all kinds for the hospital), baby oil, shampoo, lotion, diaper rash, wet ones, cloth and disposable diapers, toys, cribs, bassinets, monitors, sheets, blankets, afghans, hats.

We address a great deal of needs.  Any donation that is sent is used to bless the lives of the sick and needy.  All donations are accepted with a tax deductible receipt when requested.

Carol Green

President

ReliefShare.org

 

 

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Burial layettes

It is an honor and a privilege to be able to provide God’s tiniest children with a much needed last layette set to ‘go home to Heavenly Father’ in.  It is also one of the most difficult and emotional activities for volunteers to work on.  Relief Share is grateful to the small handful of volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts to preparing and providing infant demise gowns, hats, booties, blankets, TY beanie baby lambs, bears and deer, momento items and more.  We have many volunteers, but the ones who are involved in our infant demise program are few in number. It takes a special love for God’s tiniest children and a knowledge of what the families are going through to – and this usually comes from sad experience.

Burial layettes

A humble thank you to those who have made this current donation to the St Alphonsus Foundation for the hospital possible.   This particular donation to the hospital was a combination of efforts from LDS Humanitarian Services and Relief Share.  Networking with other charities brings a synergy to our charitable efforts so that the number of intended burial layettes wound up being 3 times as many.  Also included were gorgeous machine embroidered burp cloths and beautiful baby diaper bags made by Sara J.  – one of our generous donors who just blessed us with a very large donation of gorgeous fabric to work with for the sick and needy.  She is very talented as well as generous!

May God comfort the broken hearts of the families who have to say goodbye to their little ones before they have had a chance to say a proper hello.  Our prayers go out for those suffering from infant death and our love for them is in every stitch sewn in these beautiful tiny layettes.

Burial layettes

If you would like to help with the supplies for these layettes, we are in need of more TY Beanie Baby lambs, deer, and bears to include in the sets, we also need knitted, crocheted, serged and sewn layette items such as newborn and preemie hats, bonnets, gowns, booties, blankets, afghans and more.  It is also wonderful to receive finished items to be included in the burial layette sets.

Burial layettes

Carol Green
President
ReliefShare.org

 

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log cabin strip piecing, rotary cutter, quilt in a day, pattern, free

log cabin quilt

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:
http://www.quiltingassistant.com/logcabinblock.html

http://www.cabins-r-us.com/log-cabin-quilt-block-pattern.html

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:
http://product.half.ebay.com/_W0QQprZ972661

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
President
info@ReliefShare.org

 

 

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Relief Share – Knitted baby hat pattern for newborn – free, fun, quick, easy!

Baby hats are so easy! All you do is cast on 60 stitches on size 7 circular needles – mine are 16″ circulars and knit for 5 1/2″ to 6″ then decrease.

The decrease is done by knitting the 8th stitches together, then knit the next row then knitting the 7th stitches together, then knit the next row then knitting the 6th stitches together, then knit the next row then knitting the 5th stitches together, then knit the next row then knitting the 4th stitches together, then knit the next row then knitting the 3th stitches together, then knit the next row then knitting the 2th stitches together, then knit the next row then cut the thread long and thread a yarn needle. Run the yarn through the last few stitches and pull tight. Weave in the end. Voila! Done!

Here is a hat I finished last night.  Instead of doing the top of the hat in the pattern above, I used the last few stitches to knit an icord and then knotted it.  Sometimes I will do an icord loop.  These hats are fun, quick and easy to knit and the hospital and homeless shelters love them.

If you knit your hats in purple and donate them, you are honoring the ‘prevent shaken baby syndrome’ effort.  This is a serious problem and a simple purple hat can help hospitals work with new parents to stop this growing trend that is hurting little ones.

If you have a picture of a baby hat you did you would like to share – please email your picture to info@reliefshare.org with the pattern and we would be happy to include it on our blog.

All of us working together creates a synergy that blesses the lives of the babies we love so much and bonds us together in friendship and purpose.

If you would love to share some of your yarn stash with the volunteers to knit and crochet baby hats, cocoons, afghans and layettes – please send your donation to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225.

All donations are tax deductible.  Share the love ;-)

Hugs

Carol Green
President
ReliefShare.org

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Relief Share infant demise burial gown

This is a simple, quick and easy pattern for infant demise burial gowns that are in short supply right now and very much needed.

The pattern is easy to size down to micro preemie and up all the way to newborn or even toddler.  A casing at the neck with narrow elastic inside is what allows the gowns to be used for multiple sizing.    The gown closure can be a snap, ties, velcro or buttons.  Only one or two are needed down the back, which is completely open for easy dressing of the baby.

Lace or trim can be added.  For little girls we use lace and rosebuds with ribbon and for the little boys, rick rack is added.

Material such as flannel, soft minky, cotton or other soft cuddly fabrics are used to create the little gowns.  A bonnet, booties, blanket or cocoon is added to create the baby’s layette.  When available, we add a soft toy such as a Ty Fleece Beanie Baby for a momento for mom and dad.

These beautiful little gowns are an honor to sew for these sweet babies who only need one last layette for them to be snuggled in.  The pattern can be downloaded here:  http://www.smocking.org/files/nt7n_weecare_program1.pdf  IMPORTANT NOTICE: SAGA provides this Wee Care Program free of charge for your use for the donations of gowns to hospitals for the express purpose of bereavement. Any other use is a violation of the Copyright.

Instead of smocking the gown, simply gather it.  You can use less fabric for a gown that is not as gathered.  The hospitals are always very grateful for these burial gowns.  If you would like to make and donate burial gowns to Relief Share, please send them to:

Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225

 

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Dear little baby, born this day - may God be with you all the way.

Being a ‘good’ Christian.  What does that mean to you?  That’s the opinion that matters to the face in the mirror.

There are quite a few people who don’t go to church anymore because they were offended by their brothers and sisters who went there.

The bible says not to offend and not to be offended. Easier said than done when our emotions kick in.  I’ve been horribly offended, too, and wanted the perpetrators nailed to the cross for the pain they inflicted.  It wasn’t right, it wasn’t fair, it was unjustified – oh ya, I could really rant on in what I saw as a justified position as a victim.

Then I realized that I wasn’t a victim.  I had become the sinner by refusing to forgive and wanting ‘justice’ – lets call it what is really was – I wanted revenge.  Oy!  Put an entirely different light on things.

Being a good Christian – and loving God enough to obey him – I took a hard look at MY behavior and realized I needed to stop playing the ‘blame game’ and justifying my non-attendance on others.  I humbled myself, forgave the perpetrators (never having received an apology or even seeing any change in their behavior) and found peace.

I now attend church for the right reason (in my eyes) and that is to worship God.  Church is not a social club. You don’t primarily go because of mortal friendships but you are supposed to mainly go because of eternal and spiritual friendship with your Heavenly Father and your brother Jesus Christ.  It isn’t the “Church of Sally” or the “Church of Ron” – its the “Church of God” and while mortal friendships are beneficial and supportive, it is best to realize that the true purpose of church is to connect with your Creator – the one who loves and supports you the best.

Going to church allows you to strengthen your testimony and faith in God.  If you can’t humble yourselves enough to forgive and going to church is counterproductive, then fine – stay away and struggle on your own for a while.  However, if you can rise above the pain and misery inflicted on you by others, so you can once again enjoy basking in Gods love with others – please do go to church. Seek out and find a church that meshes with your concept of God, find one that brings peace to your soul. When you find that wonderful place – then you can reach out to others who are hurting, like you are now hurting, and bring them into your circle of love to shelter, care for, and support.

The Bible tells us to become strong first – then reach out.  If we are weak and hurting, instead of helping others, we could be dragging them down as we spew anger, frustration and pain all over their life – making it harder for them, instead of being a blessing for them.

Life is a journey, not a destination right now.  We live each day at a time, one footstep at a time.  Most days we move forward, some days we are backsliding, but we are always going from day to day, moment to moment and praying for help so that it can be forward motion.

Let go of the insult, the anger, the indignation, the frustration – all the negative emotions associated with what is holding you back.  You don’t have time or energy for it, life is short and time is fleeting.  When you do that, life gets into clearer focus and it is not as hard.

What really gets our life in focus is dealing with challenges, and sometimes other’s challenges can make us very grateful that our similar challenges in the past are over and we can now help others out who are in the same situation we were that hurt so badly.

Before I start to cry again so badly I can’t see the sewing machine, I am going to get off the computer and back to sewing burial gowns.  I have such a hard time making them.  I lost 3 children and while God has made the loss bearable, it still stings enough to make it very hard to sew the tiny gowns and bonnets for babies whose parents never got the chance to say a decent hello before they had to say goodbye.

Please, dear friends, forget your own pain today and soften the blow for others.  Speak kindly, wisely and comfortingly.  There are others all around you who are drowning in sorrow.  they show it in different ways – some of the evidence of pain is negative – striking out, saying or doing not nice things.  Find those people and be a blessing to them. Sew a burial gown, bake a batch of muffins to feed their body as your hug feeds their soul.  Give them a hug, Take them to the doctor or shopping for groceries, if thats what they need.

Listen to those who are in need of help without criticizing or even speaking if they need to unload, but most of all – listen to your Heavenly Father who loves you. He needs you most of all as the greatest blessings from heaven usually flow through hands that serve Him here below.

Off to do what has to be done now….pray for me, it’s very very very very hard.  (If you need me, I’ll be there.  That’s what being a ‘good Christian’ means to me, listening to my Heavenly Father and reaching out to help others as He helps me. )

Soft hugs
Carol Green
President
ReliefShare.org

(Note – this post is introspective.  It is not a rant on religion but sharing why we do the things we do at Relief Share. )  We would love to hear from you on your perspective of charity work.  Email us at info@ReliefShare.org

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Cocoon made with Love That Yarn stripe from Hobby Lobby

Experiment with color. Enjoy the process of crafting a remarkable item to share with those less fortunate or sick. You will be doubly blessed as you put your love for your fellowman in action through service and charity.

We make so many items for the hospitals and for the sick and needy that it can get pretty hum drum to use the same yarn and colors over and over.  To spice up our charity work and enjoy what we are doing again – we simply add variation and color.  We either change up the pattern just a bit to make it slightly different and interesting – adding seed stitch to our knitting or using a variegated yarn instead of solid colors – and the joy in creating comes flowing back in again giving us a renewed love for the projects we are working on.

I ran across a wonderful tutorial on youtube on how to get the most from your variegated yarn. The idea was simple but brilliant. Mike suggests pulling the yarn from opposite ends to get a color reversal to double your benefit from using variegated yarns.

One of our Directors also has a marvelous way to make the most of variegated yarns. Jennifer Sundquist is an experienced knitter and crocheter and owns “The Tiny Panda” business – you can see her facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Tiny-Panda/177250085656698 Her technique for working with variegated yarns is to watch how the colorway interacts with the pattern. When she sees that there is too much of a color being added to the project, she ties off some of that color and omits it from the yarn being used. By doing this simple technique, she can control how much of any color being integrated in the pattern is impacting the final result. This is especially helpful when using your own dyed yarns if the colorway turned out different than what you wanted. Don’t toss it out or put it in the back of your craft room – simply use the tying off technique to get the amount of any given color you are looking for.

Dyeing yarn with koolaid

If you are in a rut with your charity knitting and crochet by being bored with color – make your own!  Another way to get the most from variegated yarn is to dye your own yarn. Wool is the best choice of yarn to work with and it can be dyed with koolaide and your microwave. Yes, it does work and the color is permanent. Jennifer has dyed some incredible colorways that are absolutely gorgeous. Using Koolaid to dye yarn to make beautiful colorway (variegated yarn)

Here is a tutorial on the internet on how to dye wool with koolaid: http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/FEATdyedwool.html

Yarn dyed with koolaid - simply gorgeous

Some of the wonderful colorways you can purchase in variegated yarns are found at the major chain craft stores. My favorites are:

Hobby Lobby – the store brand of Love That Yarn is always a good choice. You can find two types of variegated yarns in that brand. The ‘stripe’ version of the yarn will give you, yes, you guessed it, stripes – but not just solid stripes. There are pretty accents in the stripes that make your finished items wonderful. The other type of variegated yarn made by Love That Yarn is the ‘ombre’ – the more traditional type of variegated yarn with spotches of color.

Ombre pattern turned in to argyle with just a tension change - how fun!

I discovered, by accident when working on a charity fundraiser cocoon, that the ombre also makes amazing patterns when you least expect it. When making a cocoon, I put extra tension on the yarn and the basic ombre or splotch coloring turned into an argyle pattern. Very beautiful and more complex coloring and completely unexpected and welcome!

Another colorway that I love to use is Caron Simply Soft. In my opinion, that is some of the best yarn to use for baby projects as it is silky and soft and drapes beautifully. I also discovered that Wal Mart has three colorways that just came out a few weeks ago, as Wal Mart is adding all their fabric departments back (yay, Wal Mart – we love you again!) and the colorways are gorgeous. They are not available at any other stores in our Boise, Idaho area yet so I quickly bought up all that I could.

If you have ideas and comments on using color with yarn in your charity or other projects, we would love to hear from you.  Our email is info@ReliefShare.org

Carol C Green
President
ReliefShare.org
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Chow dog dyed to look like Panda

Oh – just a fun aside note:  Yarn isn’t the only thing people like to dye.  This is a picture of the latest rage from China – people are dyeing their dogs like other animals.  Its safe and fun and quite interesting, but that is an entirely different post altogether *smile*

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Volunteer kindness - it's love in action!

Summertime tends to be a more relaxed time when we can enjoy the sunshine and take a look around to see how we can make a difference in the world.  We always try to leave a place better than we found it and the earth is very much in need of those who care and do what they can to alleviate suffering and help those in need and in crisis.

Everyone has gifts and talents.  We all have something we can offer each other to make life gentler, easier, more precious and kinder.  What is your gift?  Sewing? Crochet or knitting? Embroidery? Quilting? Tending children? Writing?  Baking? Organizing? Leadership? Making others feel better about themselves?  You see, there are as many wonderful gifts from God to each of us as there are God’s children here in our earthly family.  Take some time today to think about how you can share your special gift with others.

Relief Share volunteers have been working hard to help others.  This week boxes of much needed donations have come in filled with finished items, supplies, and love.  Many donations have gone out to those who are sick and needy and they express gratitude for the help.  Thank you so much to those who share from the heart what they have with those who so desperately need it.

Current projects:

- queen and baby size quilts – for the hospital and shelters
- wool dryer balls (these can save the average family approx $240 a year)
- knit hairbands for refugee children
- baby cocoons and hats for the hospital
- soft toys for refugee and homeless children
- infant burial layettes
- baby items such as diaper bags, totes, layettes, booties, hats, sweaters, onesies, cloth diapers, hygiene items (soap, lotion, rash ointment, conditioner), bottles, feeding pillows
- baby ribbon taggie blankets and toys
- backpacks with school supplies
- tote bags for foster children
- baby afghans
- prayer shawls for cancer patients
- knitted and crocheted hats for chemo patients

Some of the supplies most needed right now are: a Kam Snap press, Kam Snaps (all colors), PUL fabric for diaper covers, fabric (flannel, cotton, knit, woven, any kind, kids print), elastic for diapers, velcro, thread, sewing tools, quilting tools, crochet and knitting supplies and needles and hooks, yarn – any kind, smocking supplies, trim, lace, ribbon roses (burial layettes), ribbon (we need lots of washable ribbon of all widths, colors and patterns for the taggie blankets), USM knitting machine, claw weights, swift for making skeins into center pull balls of yarn, yarn winders, wool yarn for dryer balls, baby longies and hats and blankets.

May your summer be a fun and wonderful one, filled with friends and family and may you bless others as you enjoy all that God has given you.  You may want to donate supplies to help volunteers make what is needed, or make items yourself and send them to us to distribute.  You may want to help by sending funds to help us ship items to where they are needed to go or purchase needed items.  You can donate through paypal by sending your donation to info@reliefshare.org or send a check or money order as well as boxes of donations to:

Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

All donations are tax deductible.  We are grateful for everyone doing what they can to help us help others ;-)

God bless you,

Carol C Green
President
www.ReliefShare.org
info@ReliefShare.org

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Dryer balls from wool yarn.

These are dryer balls – they save money and are environmentally friendly.   An average family will save approx $240 a year by using them as they don’t have to buy fabric softener or use more electricity to run the dryer longer.

The wool in the dryer balls wick away extra moisture, drying the clothes faster and with the quite  soft beating motion in the dryer from the balls makes the clothing soft and keeps the static down.  It is a huge plus to be free from the chemicals in fabric softeners and fabric sheets, too.

These are three I just made from wool yarn.  You can make them quickly for yourself, your friends and family and to donate to charity, too.

Here is the pattern to crochet them.

1 skein yarn
1 crochet hook

With wool yarn (we recommend Fisherman’s wool yarn from Hobby Lobby – the price is good and it felts well), and a crochet hook (we like size G) make a magic ring.  Here is a link to a youtube tutorial on how to do a magic ring if you don’t already know how – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg and crochet 8 sc in the ring. Pull tight and slip stitch into the first sc to make the first ring.

For the second row,  chain 2, dc in the same stitch.  Follow the instructions in the bracket to the end of the row – (dc in next stitch and 2 dc in the stitch after that) dc in last stitch that you just did 2 dc in.   Slip stitch in last stitch to close. This will make half of the cover – a domed shape.

Repeat row 2 for row three. That is the other half  of the cover.  You will now have 2 half domes that will be whip stitched together over a ball of yarn you have rolled from the same wool yarn. To roll the ball of yarn check out this tutorial on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=equs45JCHwo You will note in the picture that some of the balls have more than just three rows.  You can make the balls as big or as small as you like by adding or deleting rows.

These balls are quick and easy to do.  After you have them done, toss them in the washer with your laundry, pour the laundry detergent for the load right on the balls.  Use hot/cold setting for the load as the temperature extremes, soap, and washer agitation will felt the balls so they work better and hold together better with use.  Toss them in the dryer and leave them there permanently. I use approx 8 to 1o balls in my dryer as I tend to do full loads.  If you are doing small loads you can use 5 to 6 balls.

Use up your scraps of wool yarn as well by simply tying the ends of shorter pieces – as you crochet the tied ends wind up inside the covers so you don’t see them.   These dryer balls are a wonderful gift for a new mother as fabric softeners can cause allergic reactions in small babies. We make them for the refugee center and other places who are helping folks get on their feet with household goods.

The same pattern from acrylic or cotton or blended yarn makes wonderful soft toss toys for the children in hospital, homeless shelters, crisis centers and for individuals in need who would love safe toys for their children.

Do you have a variation on the dryer ball pattern? Please share, we would love to hear from you.

Carol Green
President
info@ReliefShare.org

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Love in action - working together.

We are all enjoying the summer and being very productive here at ReliefShare.org .  Lots of full size quilts, baby cocoons, dryer balls, soft toys, baby layettes, burial layettes, afghans, baby quilts, hats, booties, taggie blankets and more have been made and donated out to the sick and needy.

Volunteers are asking for easier access to our patterns online so we will be working on making a pattern section for folks to use in our charity work.  Input is welcomed so we can make it easy, fun and quick to find the patterns you are looking for.

Thank you letters have come in from various hospitals, organizations and individuals for donations received, expressing gratitude to the volunteers for all our hard work. It’s so nice to be appreciated and know what we are doing is wanted and needed.

A big thank you to our wonderful donors who have sent and delivered fabric, batting, yarn, sewing supplies, finished items and quilting books.  With everyone working together, miracles happen.

Carol Green
President
Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

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Cotton knitted dishcloths

These cotton dishcloths are earth friendly and last a lot longer than synthetic mass produced dishcloths – they work better, too.   They also save money when you use them instead of paper towels or wipes.

Make some for yourself and extras to donate to the refugee center, homeless shelter or crisis center in your area or send them to us at Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225

Materials: 1 ball of cotton yarn. We like the Peaches and Cream cotton yarn.

Knitting Needles: Size US 7 or 8.

Pattern: Cast on 3 sts.
1st row: Knit.
2nd row: K1. Increase 1 st in next st. Knit to end of row.
Rep last row to 40 – 50 sts. (depending on how big you want the dishcloth.
Next row: K2. K2tog. Knit to end of row.
Rep last row to 3 sts. Cast off.

Note: This pattern makes a darling baby afghan. Use washable acrylic yarn and knit rows until it is as big as you want, then decrease.

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We hope everyone is headed for a wonderful 4th of July.  Our Relief Share holidays are always better when we know the sick and needy are taken care of first, so we are knitting up a storm on our Ultimate Sweater Machine today making baby cocoons!

For those of you who have a USM or another type of knitting machine, you know that it’s fun, quick and easy. For those of you considering getting an Ultimate Sweater Machine or one of the variations of it – they are available at JoAnn Fabric (be sure to use a 40% or 50% off coupon when you purchase, coupons are usually on their website).

Here are a few tips to make your knitting a lot easier, professional looking and fun!

Instead of just using the black hem that comes with the USM, do a row of double e-wrap so when you are ready to take your knitting off the machine, you don’t have to crochet it off.  This youtube video by Diane Sullivan is very good as she explains slowly and clearly how to do a double e-wrap.

This video shows how to make a cast on rag – very helpful if you are making smaller items, such as the braided ball for children in the hospital.

To make the baby cocoons for the hospital, it is a lot nicer and quicker to use the Kris Krafter garter bars to decrease and make a nice rounded end.  We made a couple of types of home made garter bars and they just aren’t effective and quick enough for us, when a donation of the KrisKrafter garter bars arrived, everyone was VERY excited and they are in constant use now. Expensive, but worth every penny (thank you to our sweet angel who donated them to us – we love you for it!)

So what can you make with your Sweater Machine (knitting machine)?  Anything you can imagine!  Send us your pictures for us to include on our blog ;-)

We make baby hats, baby cocoons, afghans, prayer shawls, braided balls, cancer patient hats and much more!

President Carol Green
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 6483-2225

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What a relief – we LOVE getting the donations in for the sick and needy.  When our shelves get bare as donations are all distributed, we take a deep breath in and say a heartfelt prayer that before the next request for help comes in there will be donations to fill them…and then we hit the work room and start sewing, knitting, quilting and crocheting like mad!

Receiving blankets donated by Sylvia Gonzales of Angel Cover Ministry

Sweet stuffed toys, toothbrushes and floss from Jan & Butch

This weekend we received beautiful receiving blankets, stuffed toys, toothbrushes, floss, burial gowns, household goods, baby clothing, toys, books, yarn, fabric, sewing supplies, batting, baby cocoons, totes and waterbottles.

We are delighted to share that the donations are already distributed and the sewing supplies used to make more.

Thank you so much for your love and sharing.  God has commanded us to be a blessing to each other and we joyfully obey his will in bringing relief to the sick and needy through sharing our time, talents, love and funds.

Think about all the blessings you have and what you would do if they were all gone.  The tornado victims were stripped of everything they had in a very short time.  Gone were the beds and warm bedding, clothing and hygiene items, no longer there were the children’s toys, books to read or even a high chair to feed the baby in.

Can you really enjoy what you have when you know others are suffering and have lack?  Yes, you can, but only if you share what you don’t need or want with them.

De-clutter your home for a good cause.  It lightens your load as we don’t really own possessions, they are just on loan from God and we are stewards, but if we have too many possessions – they own us as we lose energy and time shuffling them from place to place with no real need for them.

If you are saving things for a rainy day, I have to tell you it’s pouring right now for those in need.  Give relief through sharing.  Put three boxes down as you work to clear your home.  One for putting away, one for throwing out and one for charity.

When the charity box is full, put a label on it and send it to:

Relief Share,
6078 Lundy Rd,
Houston, MO
65483-2225. 

Include your name, email address and mailing address so we can send you a tax deductible receipt for your kind and much needed donation.

There isn’t anything we don’t take – all is needed as we handle requests for assistance from all walks of life – hospitals, crisis centers, homeless shelters, refugee centers, animal shelters and individuals who need help.  Items should be clean, new or gently used.

May you all have a wonderful week and enjoy all God has given you.

President Carol Green
info@ReliefShare.org
www.ReliefShare.org

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20

Angel Wing Burial gowns

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Angel Wing Burial Gown

There are times our love and Relief Share sewing skills are called upon for the most tenderest of times.  When a family loses their infant  – when they have to say goodbye before they get a chance to say hello and share their world with the new arrival- our help is needed in providing one last tiny gown, bonnet, blanket and memorial item to help ease the pain and send the little one back to the arms of God.

Our children are only on loan from our loving Heavenly Father for a time. Some of us only get to have them for a very short while and it can be very difficult to deal with the separation.

Relief Share provides Angel Wing Burial gowns, designed by one of our special volunteers, Dot Fulton. Dot has since gone home to Heavenly Father herself, but every time a little Angel Wing Burial gown is sewn and donated, she is fondly remembered as one of the kindest sweetest ladies whose love for the babies lives on with each gown donated to help another grieving mother.  These gowns were made because of requests from the hospital for a gown with sleeves that made it easy to dress baby for burial. This burial layette fits a tiny baby that weighs about 2 to 3 pounds.  Mothers and fathers were so grateful for volunteers who showed love for a stranger by providing something that you couldn’t get no matter how much money you have.

These gowns were sewn by a sweet volunteer in Boise, Idaho. She added binding to the neck and sleeves as these are for little boys. When we make the gowns for little girls, there is lace added to the neckline, hem and sleeves – sometimes tatted by hands who love the babies and their families, too.

A thank you letter from a major hospital states:

“We want to thank you for your kind donation of burial layettes. They are so beautiful. The colors are so pretty, you can certainly tell a lot of love and effort went into the creation of these lovely outfits. We make every effort to make the grieving process as painless as possible. The beauty and caring workmanship of the outfits are a comfort to the bereaved family. Hopefully this makes the memories a little less painful. Thanks again for your thoughtfulness.”

Love in action seems to be the only healing power in many cases for overcoming the pain of loss suffered by those experiencing the death of an  infant. The gift of a tiny burial gown for a grieving mother or father is so gratefully received. When families feel the most vulnerable and powerless, a burial layette, provided by caring hands and loving hearts is God’s strongest witness that He lives and loves us.

We can be the miracle in someone else’s life today.
Ask yourself: “If not me, then who? If not now, then when?”
Please don’t wait another day, reach out to those who need YOU!

If you would like to help by making burial layettes or sending fabric, trim and supplies to help us make them, we would love it.

President Carol Green
Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

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An emergency worker carries a girl out of Academy Sports.


http://www.godvine.com/Man-Sacrifices-His-Life-to-Save-his-Wife-From-a-Tornado-453.html

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.

Soft hugs,

Carol Green – info@ReliefShare.org – you can help!

donation shipping address:

Relief Share,
6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225
www.ReliefShare.org

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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.

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Braided blue comfort ball

This is a darling knitted ball that is easy to make.  Make 2 – keep one for yourself and give the other to charity!

These are hand knittedhere are the instructions from ravelry.com – if you don’t belong, sign up – it’s free and full of wonderful people and patterns.

These balls are called ‘comfort balls’ and the children in hospital, homeless shelters and crisis centers love the soft toys.  So do the adults ;-)

If you want to make them for your local animal shelter, you can put a jingle bell inside of the ball inside of a plastic container like the clear balls that knee highs from Wal Mart come in.

We really need the strips to put them together. Please knit a stockinette strip that is 20 stitches wide by 8″ long. It takes 6 strips to make a ball.  You can mix and match colors and use any type of yarn you like :-) Most of our balls are made with worsted weight acrylic yarn and knitted on size 7 needles, but you can use most yarns and any size needle you want.

This is a perfect project for all the scrap yarn you have left over!.

We could really use donations of yarn and Zanies cat balls, that go in the center of the ball to make a jingle noise for distraction and fun, to help us make these comfort toys. If you would like to share your stash with us, please mail donations to:
Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

The cat balls in the middle of the knitted woven balls are very important. The hospital insists on them. When the doctors and nurses are working with their little patients, the jingle sound that the balls make are very helpful in taking the little one’s mind off the treatment and can put a smile on their wee faces.  The balls are around $18 a package for 50 and we go through a ton of them for all the places we donate to. Please help! We are just about out and desperately need more!

Here are two places that you can purchase Zanies and have them sent to Relief Share for us to use for the sick and needy children we donate to:

http://www.fidopaw.com/product/lattice-ball-cat-toys-in-canister-50-toys-2168.html

https://www.amazon.com/Zanies-Plastic-Lattice-Canister-50-Pack/dp/B003WH1KPW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481755907&sr=8-1&keywords=zanies+cat+balls

All donations are tax deductible, please include your email address so we can thank you ;-)

President Carol C Green
info@ReliefShare.org

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LDS Humanitarian Work Room

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.

Batting donation

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:

Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225

Batting donation

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.

Batting donation

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.

Volunteers come in all sizes and ages!

Happily engaged in a good cause!

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Crocheted baby cocoon and hat

Free pattern from FaveCrafts.com Swaddle your newborn with the cozy soft baby cocoon and hat, two free crochet patterns from Red Heart. These beginner crochet patterns make great gifts for new babies.

Directions are for Newborn to 3 months.
Finished Cocoon Circumference: 24″.
Finished Hat Circumference: 18″.

Materials:

  • RED HEART® “Buttercup™” 1.76 oz (50 g), 72 yd (66 m) balls: 4 balls 4277 Light Mint Multi
  • Crochet hook, 6.5mm [US K-10.5]
  • 2 Split-lock stitch markers
  • Yarn needle

GAUGE: 9 sts = 4″; 8 rounds = 4″ in sc. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

Instructions:

COCOON
Round 1: Beginning at lower edge, ch 9; sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 6 ch, 3 sc in last ch, PM in center sc of the last 3 sc, working on opposite side of ch, sc in next 6 ch, 2 sc in last ch, PM in last sc made – 18 sc. Do not join but work in continuous rounds. Move markers up each round.
Next Round: [Sc in each sc to 1 sc before marked sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in marked sc] twice – 20 sc. Repeat last round until there are 54 sc.
Body
Work even on 54 sc until 21″ from beginning.
Fasten off. Weave in ends. Fold top edge down for cuff.
HAT
Round 1: Beginning at top of hat, ch 5; sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 2 ch, 3 sc in last ch, PM in center sc of the last 3 sc, working on opposite side of ch, sc in next 2 ch, 2 sc in last ch, PM in last sc made – 10 sc. Do not join but work in continuous rounds. Move markers up each round.
Next Round: [Sc in each sc to 1 sc before marked sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in marked sc] twice – 12 sc.
Repeat last round until there are 42 sc.
Body
Work even on 42 sc until 8‖ from beginning.
Fasten off.
Weave in ends. Fold bottom edge up for cuff.

Make some to share and send them to:

Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

All donations are tax deductible – include your email address and we will email you your thank you letter and tax paperwork to print out.  The babies in the hospitals, homeless shelters, and crisis centers really need the cocoons for warmth for growing and healing.

Note:  Caron Simply Soft yarn, Hobby Lobby Love That Yarn, and any worsted weight yarn will do nicely.  If using Red Heart, use the softer yarns ;-)

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Ted Grabenauer sleeps on his front porch on Monday, the morning after a tornado ripped the roof off his home in Joplin, Missouri.

It’s been a wild time with all the tornados and flooding. Prayers are being offered for the sick, afflicted, homeless, stricken, suffering and experiencing more difficult trials than they have ever had to deal with before. The aftermath of the nasty weather (that is not over yet) is one of shock, loss and deprivation.

Our prayers are very much needed, as there are only some areas that God can heal and handle, but as we pray like everything depends on God, we need to work like everything depends on us.

Urgents needs: QUILT BATTING! Can I say that again? QUILT BATTING! We have material for quilt tops and backs, and even have many of the quilts ready to put together but we are short on quilt batting. 90″ wide is the best size and however long you can get it. JoAnn Fabric is having a wonderful sale right now with only $5 shipping if you do it before tomorrow night. Any kind of batting, any size of batting will be gratefully accepted. Volunteers are standing by to make the life saving, warmth giving quilts that are so desperately needed but we need YOUR HELP in supplying the quilt batting.

People walk a devastated street in Joplin, Missouri (map), on Sunday, hours after a tornado killed at least 116 people, as of Monday afternoon, and left the town in ruins.

Other urgent needs are:
- BABY CLOTHING -  sleepers, socks, booties, bibs, receiving blankets, afghans, soft toys, diaper lotion cream and shampoo, diapers, formula, bottles, diaper bags – anything for a baby.
- basic simple clean clothing for toddlers, children and adults. Many of the people affected have nothing, it’s all gone – just look at the pictures on the news. New clothing is best, but gently used clothing is gratefully accepted.
- basic HYGIENE ITEMS  like toilet paper, kleenex, pads, shampoo, shaving cream, razors, hair conditioner, lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste – just think about what you find in a hotel room that are considered basics.  Ttrash bags, face lotion, hairbrushes, combs – even makeup for the women (it helps with morale and to sustain a ‘normal’ life feeling).
- TOYS & BOOKS to keep the little ones happy in crisis shelters, tote bags are a huge help for folks to carry what little they have around with them.
- SURVIVAL ITEMS – matches, flashlights, water containers, tents, tarps, safety pins, MRE food supplies, back packs, writing supplies, batteries, etc
-FOOD. Survival type food is best – lightweight and nourishing. Dehydrated fruit like berries, trail mix, fig newtons, protein bars, water (a biggie)
- basic SEWING KITS (ask your local hotel for a few donations and send them on to us – same thing with the toiletries).
- crochet, knitting, tatting and sewing supplies. Thread, yarn and fabric.

One of the saddest items we must provide are the burial layettes for babies and children that didn’t make it through. Soft fabric in white or pastel colors is best, soft laces and trims and a little ribbon or ribbon roses are needed. Smocking and tatting supplies are needed to make that last little gown, bonnet and blanket special.

Cars smashed by the tornado rest in the parking lot of St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Missouri, on May 23.

Please help. Don’t just sit there and listen or read the news – DO something. Fill a box today and ship it to us at Relief Share. The folks that need the help aren’t picky, they are suffering and desperate. If you don’t have anything to send, please send us a donation. A money order or check can be mailed to us, a paypal donation can be sent to info@reliefshare.org and even cash can be sent through the mail (not recommended but accepted).

We are a 501 (c) 3 non profit registered with the IRS. All donations are tax deductible. Please don’t wait another minute, send what you can today, even if it’s only a dollar or a box of used baby clothing. Just do something – anything – to help.

Note: You don’t have to help just through us – please consider other charities in your area if that is a better solution to helping for you. There is no corner on charity and it doesn’t matter who gets the credit for helping. There are people – even little babies suffering with hunger and cold tonight and you are the solution – please be the solution….

Our address to ship and mail to is:
our Missouri address to ship to is
Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

It is best to ship to the Boise address as we have more volunteers here to sew and help and arrangements to get the items to the needy areas fast. If you need to ship to the Missouri address because it is cheaper for you to ship there, that is okay, too.

Our email and paypal address is info@ReliefShare.org – please feel free to email with questions, we are so grateful for the help. We do what we can but it takes all of us to create the miracles to ease the suffering for others.

President Carol Green
info@ReliefShare.org

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Baby quilt

Relief Share is in desperate need of BATTING for quilts.  There is a little baby shivering in the cold today – you can help cover them with warmth of a snuggly quilt.  Please send what you can to:

Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 6483-2225

Any size of quilt batting – baby (crib), twin, double, queen or king is needed and any kind of batting.  Those that are cold don’t care what kind of batting it is, they just need to be warm to use their strength for healing instead of just staying warm.

We’ve been using polyester batting because it is the cheapest – we even split the thick batting into three to make more quilts, but we will be more than happy to take any kind of batting.  These quilts go to the hospitals, refugee shelters, crisis centers, homeless shelters and also to individuals and families that need them.

I have lots of wonderful volunteers working on the quilts but all we are able to do right now is piece quilt tops as without the batting, we can’t finish them.
We now email the thank you letter and tax receipt as a .pdf file so as soon as we get donations, we can immediately let folks know they have arrived and email the letter, so please include your email in the package.

If you haven’t got batting to send, please consider sending a Paypal donation to info@ReliefShare.org and note that it’s to pay for batting – we are a non profit charity registered with the IRS so all donations are tax deductible.  Please help!

 

President Carol Green

Info@ReliefShare.org

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Spring cleaning – does it fill you with dread or elation?  It used to be a time of drudgery, wishing we were somewhere else and wanting the chores to be over.  Not any more!

It is spring.  Birds are singing, babies are being born, the earth is shaking off her dormancy of winter and bursting forth in blissful colors and sounds.  It is a wonderful time to be alive and share what we have with others.

De-cluttering will lighten your load, make your heart sing with freedom and put a smile on your face in knowing you are helping others – with the “trash to treasure” mentality.  What clogged your closets, littered your counters and made laundry day a form of torture can be blessing the lives of others who desperately need what you don’t want.

Clean out your closets and homes for a good cause! Here’s how:

1.  Line up 4 boxes beside the area that you decide to tackle first.  Box one – things you want to keep and store for later use, box two – things you are throwing out, box three – things you are currently using and want to have easy access to; and box four – things you are donating (recycling and re-using useful items keep our landfills free and earths resources not wasted).

2. Set your timer for 15 minutes, take a deep breath and start filling those boxes.  For more details on the 15 minute approach, visit www.flylady.com -  a wonderful website that has saved the sanity of lots of folks wanting to have a clean house and de-clutter but didn’t know where to start or how to do it.

3.  Do NOT tackle the entire house in one day. Choose one area at a time – the craft, hobby, and art room is where we would love you to start ;-)   Bedrooms are another wonderful place to clean out.

4.  The boxes filled with new or gently used items can simply be labeled and mailed to:

Relief Share,
6078 Lundy Rd,
Houston, MO 65483-2225.

All donations are tax deductible and each donor will receive a thank you letter with a tax receipt.  We accept anything and everything because the requests we receive for help address all situations of lack, sickness and need.

Recent donations in and out have been quilts, blankets, baby clothing, children’s and adult clothing, books, toys, fabric, yarn, sewing supplies, thread, machinery, sewing machines, sergers, knitting and crochet needles, quilting supplies, jewelry, kitchen supplies, and more.  Donations that are not needed directly for immediate needs can be used for fundraisers to pay for shipping, medical expenses, items needed, etc. but most of the donations are given directly to the sick and needy.

Our number one Relief Share urgent need right now is for batting to make quilts. Next to that is baby supplies – diapers, receiving blankets, clothing, hygiene items, hats, socks, undershirts, soft toys, bottles, and diaper bags – anything a baby could use. Next in line is sewing, knitting, crocheting, crafting, quilting and spinning supplies and equipment.

Recent recipients have included St. Alphonsus Hospital System, LDS Humanitarian Center, families with newborn babies who needed basic essential supplies, adults with medical conditions (blindness, tumors, cancer), refugees, and those who are caught in the economic downturn or natural disasters that are struggling with the lack of essentials like food and clothing.

YOU CAN HELP! Turn your unwanted items into much needed treasures by simply giving relief through sharing.  There will probably be many boxes to share.  Simply pop a box or two in the mail every week, it’s easier on the budget this way and we can go through it and get it donated out easier if it doesn’t come all at once, but if you need to send it all at once, that’s okay, too – we have garage and storage space to process it and volunteers ready and waiting to make sure everything goes out as quickly as possible to those anxiously waiting for help.

May your spring season be rewarding and blissful and after de-cluttering, may you enjoy the song of the birds, the beautiful flowers and trees and the wonderful feeling of knowing that your compassionate sharing is blessing the lives of others. Thank you for all the continuing support, together we are alleviating suffering and lifting up the hearts and hands of those who lack and need not only the items missing, but love from their fellowman in their time of need.

President Carol Green

info@ReliefShare.org – email
ReliefShare.org – static website
ReliefShare.org/wordpress – ongoing updates on our blog

We are also on facebook ;-) Spread the word and share the love! www.facebook.com/reliefshare

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Unto the least of these....

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
info@ReliefShare.org

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Relief Share volunteers have been very busy knitting, crocheting, sewing, serging and donating towards our baby cocoon project for the hospital.  Lots of questions have been asked and answered so for convenience, we are going to put most of the answers to questions regarding this project in this post for easy accessibility.

Question: What are baby cocoons?

Answer: Baby swaddling items that can be knit, crocheted, tatted, sewn and serged from either new or recycled material.  Here is a picture of a baby cocoon in use:

Baby cocoon for swaddling babies

Hand knitting pattern for “THATCHER’S COCOON”click here.

Machine knitting pattern for the baby cocoon - click here.

Sewing and serging pattern for the baby cocoon – click here.

Crocheted pattern for the baby cocoon – click here.

The general sizes are:

The baby’s weight for the general sizes are:

XXS – 14″ long x 50 stitches wide (6″ across) – 12″ diameter 1.5 to 3 lbs
XS – 16″ long x 60 stitches wide (8″ across) 3 to 5 lbs
S – 18″ long x 70 stitches wide (10″ across) 6 lbs to 8 lbs
M – 20″ long x 80 stitches wide (10″ across) 9 lbs to 11 lbs
L – 23″ long x 80 stitches wide (12″ across) 12 t0 15 lbs
XL – 25″ long x 80 stitches wide (12″ across) 15 to 17 lbs

The hospitals use the XS size the most, the the families we donate to use the S, M and L the most as well as the XL. The XXS are used by the hospital, some of them for infant demise.

Hints and tips for making cocoons have come in from many sources and the ideas volunteers have suggested are wonderful.  We’ve been scouring the thrift shops and our own closets for sweaters that are soft and made from yarn that can be washed, taken apart and the yarn used to make the cocoons.

A wonderful thrift shop in Breckenridge Colorado named “For Pets Sake” donated 4 sweaters, we also purchased many of them off their $1 sale rack.  Other thrift stores in Boise, Idaho, such as the Deseret Industries yielded beautiful sweaters that we got a lot of yarn from after washing them and taking them apart.  We bought a large lot of yarn on craigslist from money donated by caring volunteers to help make baby cocoons, hats, blankets, and layettes.  JoAnn Fabrics had a wonderful sale on yarn as well.  Use your imagination to come up with sources for materials to make the cocoons from.

Babies love the cocoons and rest peacefully swaddled in them.  They are so easy to use, quick and safe, and the hospitals and mother’s love them as well.

If you would love to help with our baby cocoon project, here is what is needed:

1.  Volunteers to make the cocoons and send them to

Relief Share,
6078 Lundy Rd,
Houston, MO 65483

2.  Donations of yarn, fabric, and sewing, knitting, and crocheting supplies are needed.

3.  Funds to purchase supplies and ship the items to where they are needed the most can be sent through paypal to info@reliefshare.org  – all donations are tax deductible.

If you have comments, suggestions, ideas or questions, please email us at info@ReliefShare.org – we would love to hear from you.  All Relief Share patterns are FREE for charity or personal use.

President Carol Green
info@ReliefShare.org

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Whole cloth baby quilt

This really easy project is to make a quilt for babies – suitable for beginners, teens and those who want to get something needed made quickly and donated or given as a gift.

1. Cut two pieces fabric 36″ by 45″.  This size is wonderful for newborns and can keep baby covered as it grows. I usually buy a yard and a half of fabric and know it’s the right size. Don’t worry if its a tad bigger or smaller, I have never met a baby with a yardstick yet, or one that complained about size! Use batting, I prefer the cotton batting that is thinner but warmer. If you use synthetic batting, do not use high loft – it’s too stiff.  Instead, if that’s all you have to use, split the high loft batting in 2 to make 2 quilts. It’s easy to split.

2. Lay the two pieces of fabric together lining up the edges with right side of fabric facing each other and the batting on the bottom. You can either leave the corners square, or with a dinner plate, cut rounded orders – the plate helps to get them even.

3. Sew along the edge all the way around leaving a 4″ to 6″ opening. I like to serge the seams, it’s faster.

4. Turn the quilt right side out.

5. Stitch 1/4 inches in from the edge to secure the top batting and backing through the years of use so the batting won’t shift.  Either tie the quilt with square knots every 4″ to secure all layers or, using a walking foot, sew a grid on the quilt making sure that there are no areas larger than 4″ that are not secured by either sewing, quilting or tying (sometimes called tacking).
Voila!
If you have ideas, suggestions, or a pattern or tips to share, please email info@ReliefShare.org – we’d love to hear from you!

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Baby afghan and hat

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.

Look at all the 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.

Relief Share
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
info@ReliefShare.org

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giving relief through sharing

 

We are so grateful for the support folks have given to Relief Share.  Many babies and families have received help through the generosity and love shown.  Warm clothing, blankets, food, hygiene supplies and other essentials have made the difference between suffering and being able to survive, and in turn, help others.  The circle of love is enlarged by donors and volunteers and continues to grow to include others.  Thank you.

What is needed the most right now are warm blankets and cocoons for babies and children in the crisis centers, hospitals and homeless shelters.  The weather is so unpredictable, it can steal a little one’s health just through submitting them to the cold.

Urgent needs are supplies to make the blankets and cocoons: fabric, thread, yarn (all kinds) and sewing, crocheting, and knitting supples.  New or gently used blankets and clothing for newborns, toddlers and children are very much needed.  As an added bonus, when we send the care packages – we include toys, rattles, pacifiers, books, kids DVDs and other learning items when they are donated.

All donations receive a thank you letter and tax deductible receipt as Relief Share is a non profit approved by the IRS.  Thank you again, it takes all of us working hard to create miracles.

Please take the time to pack a box and donate it today.  There are babies and children shivering in the cold and you can do something about that!

Love and hugs
President Carol Green

Donations can be sent to:
Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

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Snuggly baby afghan and hat

It’s been a very busy and fun week at Relief Share.

We’ve been knitting up a storm. Here is our latest set we made for charity. It is a USM bond knitting machine knitted baby afghan and matching hat made with scrumptious donated yarn (thanks so much to the folks who donated the yarn).

The colors are ice-cream, strawberry milkshake, tan and chocolate.  This is a snuggly warm afghan and hat that will be given to the sick and needy.  The afghan is the full width of the Bond knitting machine carriage with 4 extra inserts to make it wider.

It has a rolled him at the top and bottom and 4 rows of gather stitching down both sides.  The stripes are narrower at the top and get wider at the bottom for interest – it looks really pretty and is very soft.

The hat was 40 stitches wide with an e-wrap cast on, knit 40 rows then begin decrease.  Decrease every 8 stitches, then knit a row, decrease every 7, then knit a row (6, knit r, 5, knit r, 4, knit r, 3, knit r, 2, knit the last two rows) and with a yarn needle gather the last row and mattress stitch the seam up.  This makes a longer hat so it can be pulled down over baby’s ears for warmth or rolled up when baby is newborn and smaller.

Baby hat with rolled brim and swirl decrease

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This week has been very busy with Humanitarian work meetings in Boise, Idaho and lots of fun.  Many baby quilts got done along with bags for foster children.  LDS Humanitarian Services is an exceptionally responsive organization that assists with many needs and it was a privilege to work alongside many other dedicated ladies who love the sick and needy and want to help in any way they can.

Relief Share has been knitting, crocheting and serging up a storm to make the baby afghans, baby cocoons, hats, scarves, baby quilts, women’s matching scarves and hats, and infant demise layettes.  Donations have come in from wonderful dedicated volunteers via the mail and gone out to hospitals, crisis centers, homeless shelters and individuals across the nation.

A wonderful donation of alpaca yarn and baby quilts was received from Buck Valley Alpacas.  The yarn is the highest quality – so soft and hypo-allergenic for babies, it is from their herd.  Two beautiful baby quilts were donated from them, also, and have already been given out to the sick and needy.  We are so grateful for this generous and lovely donation to bless the lives of the sick and needy we serve.  Be sure to visit www.buckvalleyalpacas.com or email KathorineWood@FrontierNet.net if you would like to purchase alpaca yarn for your own projects.

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Feb
16

Relief Share current news 2011

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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:

Relief Share,
6078 Lundy
Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225. All donations are tax deductible and a thank you letter will be sent out with the receipt.

Urgent needs:

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:

Email info@ReliefShare.org

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Mason at just 3 lbs 2 oz.

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.

Mason's care box.

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.

Mason's care box.

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.

Mason's care box.

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.

Mason's care box.

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
info@ReliefShare.org

PS.  If you love babies and want to get involved, it’s as easy as 1, 2 3……

Mason's care box.

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?

Mason's care box

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.

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11

Donation out – baby formula

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Baby formula

Today we took baby formula to those needing it at the hospital. Not many know that the hospital will be able to provide formula for baby if the mother is not breastfeeding when she is in the hospital, but when baby goes home it’s up to the parents.  We were thrilled that a wonderful mom who had extra cans of formula her baby didn’t use donated it for us to share.

Giving Relief through Sharing – that’s what it’s all about.  There are enough resources here on the earth that hunger could be stamped out if folks were just willing to band together to share the excess and get it where it needs to go.

If you have formula, baby items (new or gently used), diaper bags, sleepers, booties, socks, onesies, bibs, burp cloths, pants, tops, shoes, hats, coats, swaddlers, cocoons, snugglies, carriers, mittens, sweaters, layette sets, afghans, blankets, quilts, soft toys, diaper rash ointment, baby lotion, soap, baby shampoo and conditioner, q-tips, cotton balls, bottles, rattles, pacifiers, crib bedding or anything for babies or toddlers that you would like to share with others, please box them up and mail them to:

Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225 We will send you a thank you letter with a tax deductible receipt for your donation.

Clean out your closet for a good cause and send the items your children have outgrown and no longer need to someone else to help them with their baby ;-)

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Recycle sweaters and tee shirts turned into baby cocoons

After some very busy cutting and serging, 72 cocoons were delivered to the hospital today.  It did my heart good to hear the answer to my query from the nurse.  I asked her how were the cocoons working out and she said they loved them.   Some of the little babies tend to have a problem keeping their heat and the cocoons helped keep them warm and snuggled.  She also said it was a lot easier for new Moms to pop their babies in the cocoons to keep them snuggled up instead of trying to keep them swaddled in the blankets.

The cocoons are fun to make – they can be sewn, serged, knitted, crocheted, hand knitted, and machine knitted.  If you are really energetic, you could even tat one ;-)   The patterns are free and offered on our blog.  You can also google for free cocoon patterns on the internet and find a ton of them.  A great website for free patterns is www.ravelry.com

The cocoons in the picture are made from recycled sweaters and tee shirts, most of them donated from the local food pantry and crisis center.  They are 16″ long by 10″ wide.

Here is a quick way to make a pattern.  Take a piece of paper that is 16 x 10 (I buy roll ends

Shape of the cocoon

from the newspaper and it gives me lots of pattern paper to work with)  and put a dinner plate on one end and trace with a pen.   Cut it out so that will make one short end of the pattern rounded.   Then cut a wedge on either side of the other end so that the top of the cocoon slopes in towards the baby’s neck.

Extra Long knitted and serged cocoons

Lay the pattern on the sweater so that the top of the cocoon is the bottom of the sweater – this gives you a finished edge at the neck of the cocoon.   Serge around the cocoon on 3 sides with your serger. Ta da! Done.

The general sizes are:

XXS – 14″ long x 50 stitches wide (6″ across) – 12″ diameter
XS – 16″ long x 60 stitches wide (8″ across)
S – 18″ long x 70 stitches wide (10″ across)
M – 20″ long x 80 stitches wide (10″ across)
L – 23″ long x 80 stitches wide (12″ across)
XL – 25″ long x 80 stitches wide (12″ across)

I made the extra long cocoons to test and my grandson is doing really well with them.  You can pull them up around the baby’s face in cold weather to keep them snuggly warm.

Long rib knit serged cocoon to snuggle baby.

If you are doing these cocoons for your local hospital or birthright center, be sure to ask them what size they want.   If you are making them to help us provide the 350 cocoons the hospital has asked for (yes, we love help!), they use the 16″ long by 10″ wide the most.  They also use the smaller ones as well.

Our address to send donations to of finished cocoons, knit and tee shirt material, sweaters and tees to cut up to use, thread -sewing machine and serger thread, and other sewing supplies is:

Relief Share

6078 Lundy Rd

Houston, MO 65483-2225

All donations are tax deductible.  Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to this project. We appreciate the donations of sewing machines, sergers, knitting machines and sewing supplies so much. It takes all of us together to make miracles happen.

Carol Green
President
info@ReliefShare.org

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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.

Ultimate Sweater Machine - perfect for making baby cocoons and hats

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.

Baby doll tote bag

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 ;-)

Marvelous donated cotton kids print fabric.

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.

Very grateful hugs and happy thoughts,
President Carol Green,
http://www.ReliefShare.org- serving God’s tiniest children & families
info@ReliefShare.org

Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

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Donation of yarn being made into a baby cocoon

Sometimes folks wonder if donations sit around not being used for a while or if they get quickly used to help the sick and needy.  Here is what we received today in the mail from Pat S.  – a wonderful box of 14 balls of beautiful sport/worsted weight yarn to use for the babies in hospital.

Within a very short time it was being knitted on the knitting machine, donated by a wonderful donor, J W (who wishes to remain anonymous so only initials are used).  She has blessed many people with her ongoing donations to Relief Share.   Because of her recent donation of garter bars and needle stoppers, the work went even faster and very quickly a baby cocoon was completed.

Completed cocoon

A skilled knitter, Judi Meissner, shared with us how to do the decreases even faster so we could get more cocoons to the hospital sooner.

I am on a marvelous yahoo group, who are more than willing to share hints, tips and welcome advice on how to be more effective in knitting with the Bond knitting machines. The patterns shared are fun and the folks on the list genial and helpful. If you own a ISMor a USM knitting machine by Bond, we highly recommend the yahoogroup for a way to be more productive and enjoy with your knitting machine.

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Here is the cocoon being modeled by one of my display baby dolls:

Snuggly cocoon for newborn infants

Newborn baby size cocoon

This cocoon is 9″ wide (18″ circumference) and 20″ long.  The size that the hospital needs the most is 8″ wide (16″ circumference) and 18″ long.  I was trying to downsize a larger cocoon and didn’t quite downside the pattern enough.  Today I will make another cocoon the right size!

These cocoons can be knitted, crocheted, sewn and serged.  We make many of them from recycled sweaters and tee shirts.  The arms from the sweaters can be used to make baby pants and matching hats.

Our recycled sweaters are donated from the local food pantry and crisis center, then donated to the local hospital.   The TCMH hospital needs 350 cocoons – so far we have donated 15, and made another 6 for the crisis center.

Would you like to help?  We need yarn donated – worsted weight or sport weight is best but we use all types and weights of yarn as we make baby blankets as well.  We also need knitters, crocheters and seamstresses to help by making and sending the cocoons to us to take to the hospital.

Our address to send donations to is:

Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

All donations are acknowledged with a thank you letter/tax deductible receipt. We are a 501 ( c) 3 non profit registered with the IRS.  The patterns for the cocoons are free and found on this blog.  We love sharing volunteer and donor patterns as well. If you have a pattern you would like to share with others for the cocoons, or for any baby item, we will be happy to include it on our blog.

Relief Share is staffed by all volunteers, no one is paid and no administration fees are taken out of donations – everything and every penny goes directly to help the sick and needy.

President Carol C Green
info@ReliefShare.org

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There is nothing like service to help us get our priorities straight.

I won’t hit you with the blow by blow on our busy day at Relief Share, it would be a book, but today not only was a family with 7 children helped but, through divine intervention, another family with 8 children received food for the Christmas holidays as well.  The family of 7 received an entire truckload of Christmas food, clothing, coats, scarves, hats, blankets, toys, books and necessities. Thank you to a very sweet lady who donated some money with the suggestion that I use the flea markets and thrift stores to make it stretch even further – I did ;-)   also included were toys and books and also hand knitted items from our Relief Share volunteer, Lorene.

I am only 3 years old, but I can help, too!

What was so fun was when my little 3 year old grandson came up to the house from the guest house with Momma in tow with a huge teddy bear.  It is his favorite teddy and he uses it for a chair to watch TV in.  It has a big red and green plaid bow on its neck.  Reuben insisted that I take the teddy bear to the family with all the children.  The family with the 7 children have a little boy who is 6 with a birthday tomorrow, the day before Christmas and Reuben wanted to ‘do charity work’ like mommy and grandma.  THAT is the reward of a long life – seeing grandchildren make excellent choices and understand sacrifice for others.

Tonight I am busy tying a polar fleece blanket for my 8 week old grandson for Christmas and experiencing gratitude for a loving Heavenly Father.

I am grateful for a loving husband, wonderful children, a firm faith in God, good health (well for me ;-) and the ability to serve others.  I am also grateful for our volunteers and donors and read email from all of you who make my life more full and happy.

A very Merry Christmas to everyone – may God bless you and touch your hearts as he has done for me.  I am grateful for you.

President Carol C Green
info@ReliefShare.org

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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.

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A HUGE THANK YOU to the Big Piney Sportsmen’s Club, 16866 Hwy B, Houston, MO 65483 for allowing our Relief Share volunteers to collect the used shot gun shells out on the shooting range whenever we need to.  We use them to make Christmas lights.   Relief Share is very appreciative of support for our charitable activities to take care of the sick and needy.

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Finished cocoon in use.

It takes approx 5 hours non stop to make a cocoon on the knitting machine.  The main body of the cocoon goes very quickly.  Pull out 80 needles – 40 on each side of center.   Hang your weighted hem with the elastic thread.  Knit with worsted weight and plate 3.  (This is what I use but you can make the cocoon out of whatever you want).

Knit for 20″.

Next row:

Decrease every 8th stitch. Knit the row and the next.

Decrease ever 7th stitch.  Knit the row and the next.

Decrease every 6th stitch. Knit the row and the next.

Cocoon being knitted on the machine

Decrease ever 5th stitch.  Knit the row and the next.

Decrease every 4th stitch. Knit the row and the next.

Decrease ever 3th stitch.  Knit the row and the next.

Decrease every 2th stitch. Knit the row and the next.

With a darning needle threaded with the same yarn, run the thread through each one of the stitches left on the needles.  Take the knitting off the machine and pull the stitches up tight into a circle.

Seam up the side of the cocoon with a darning needle and same thread to make a tube – one end is open and the other a gathered rounded end.  It looks like a bean hat, just long.   I use a mattress stitch for an invisible seam.   Make sure all ends are threaded in and trimmed off.  Fini ;-)

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Thatcher's Cocoon

I have added a free (albeit rough) pattern here for everyone to enjoy.  Hopefully the ‘cocoon’ bug will bite folks and they will be happily making up loads of them and sharing them with local hospitals, neighbors having babies and families.   I welcome tips and ideas on how to make them nicer and faster :-) If there are left overs from making cocoons for their own purposes, I would love extras sent my way to take care of the hospital’s needs.   I also just delivered one to a 4 month old baby here who keeps pulling the blankets over his face and scaring his mom and grandpa half to death.  Problem fixed LOL.

The pattern is so easy.  A tube with a rounded end and slightly narrower at the top. approx 18 to 23″ long, depending on how big the baby is you are making it for, and here it is – http://grandmothersattic.net/reliefshare/cocoonpattern.jpg

This is called “Thatcher’s Cocoon”.  My newest grandson is Thatcher.   Add 1/4 seams on the side and an 1″ at the top.  If you are using a tee shirt or sweater, use the hem of the garment as the top of the cocoon and you don’t have to add 1″ at the top.  The widest part across is 10 1/4″ inches and the narrowest part at the top is 8″.  Use a dinner plate or something round to make the curve at the bottom. I just folded the paper in half and eyeballed it.  Cut 2 and sew together.

Hint: pin, pin, pin.  If you are doing it out of recycled sweaters, sew FIRST along the seam to make sure all the fibers are caught or you may have a run (thank you so much to the list members here that suggested it when I had such a problem with the serger lettucing the edges).  You can zig zag the seam after that for stability or serge.

I love sergers, as they are three times as fast as a sewing machine and sewn and finish the seams in one quick shot,  and wish I had more on hand as the ones we have now are going full speed ahead and folks standing in line for their turn to use them.  I have 2 Janome 4 thread with differential feed and have one in black thread and one in white thread going all the time so depending on what color items we are making, we just go over to one or the other serger and make the cocoon.  Ditto with the sewing machines.  My favorite sewing machine, that is used constantly, is the quilting machine with the large plastic tray that allows the items being made to be sew without tugging on the needle.  It is a huge blessing and I pray God blesses the donor each and every day for sending it.  All the volunteers love it, but I am usually the one on that particular machine as it’s the nicest to use. It has a very nice stitch on it as well.  We use it for everything.

I am still working on a nicer way to finish the top inside seam near babies face instead of just having a serged seam.  Sometimes it’s rolled down for a smaller baby and sometimes all the way up so I need a way to make both sides of the seam look nice and feel soft.  I already though about putting ribbing around the top or a finished edge with the seam inside but it really adds to the time it takes to make the cocoons and takes extra fabric. I never have enough ribbing and go through it like water when it’s here.  Ribbing is expensive, too, so I try to find ribbed material to use instead of actual ribbing.  I found some wonder ribbing at the flea market once and made the entire cocoon out of it – heaven!

I hope folks enjoy the pattern.  I know it’s rough, but it gets the job done.  On this blog there is now a pattern to crochet, knit and sew a cocoon.  I am working on getting a pattern written for machine knitting a cocoon on the ISM knitting machine.  Not hard, just something else I need to do that takes me away from actually making the cocoons LOL.

The  Hospital intends on keeping a supply of 350 on stock to use for the babies who are born there – some to stay with the hospital and some to go home with babies.  After we have filled the need for their inventory, we will continue to supply the mothers who are needy in the area through DFS, the crisis center, medical center and homeless shelter with cocoons to use and keep for their little ones.

I’ve been sewing quilts and receiving blankets for my charity for 20 years and this is the first time I have heard of cocoons.  They originally were made as photographers props, because they are cute and lull the baby into being calm and sleeping.  When mothers saw how wonderful they were for comforting babies and found out they were marvelous for transporting babies without wrapping and unwrapping layers of receiving blankets that seemed to slide everywhere, they really caught on and are now the latest ‘hot’ items for mothers in the know.  The cocoons are big in the earth friendly mother channels and recyclers as well as you can either take apart sweaters and use the yarn to knit or crochet the items, or you can simply sew the cocoons out of the sweaters or tee shirts themselves.  The cocoons do take some kind of stretch material.  Velour, knit, tee-shirt material, baby print knit, etc are marvelous – and my favorite – rib knit.

Yes, they will be washed in the hospital laundry, but our hospital has a volunteer that takes items home to wash that can’t go through the high heat and autoclaves in the hospital laundry room.  I also deal with hospitals that actually had regular washing machines and dryers installed on their floor for the nurses to wash items in that come from my charity ;-) The extreme sanitization of items is only required for children with serious contagious diseases and they have their own separate items that are never reintroduced to the regular laundry items.

I don’t use wool for the cocoons as it does felt.  (I love wool, though, for the other projects we do).  Acrylic is naturally hypoallergenic and bacteria resistant so the #1 choice for hospital and baby items.  Cotton is marvelous but expensive.  It also tends to be harder in larger yarn weights and more appropriate for wash cloths.

I had one well meaning lady send me a baby blanket out of heavy cotton yarn and the blanket weighed a ton and had huge holes in it due to the pattern.  I felt so bad for her, she tried so hard, but it was pretty much unusable for the babies.  It wound up as a lap quilt for a elderly person’s wheelchair blanket.  We never waste anything  – all items that are send in for donations find a useful home somewhere ;-)

Yes, this would be a marvelous item to give to a new mother for a baby gift.  Like I said, it is the newest ‘hot’ item for buying for baby that is

out on the market.  There are fancy swaddling blankets with all kinds of flaps and snaps, but this is so simple, quickly understandable and way more effective than anything else I have seen, that it is very much in demand.

Babies prefer the cocoons over blankets.  It’s being nicely wrapped up in something soft, comfortable and warm.  Babies stop fussing, twitching, crying and they just calm down and quietly lay there or they go to sleep.  Nature’s way of calming baby ;-)

You can put a baby in one as long as you want to. I just sew them a longer and a tad wider for older children.  There are 4 year olds who love these.  It’s basically the same principle as a sleeping bag, too.  I know adults who would use one if they could get their hands on one big enough LOL.

President Carol Green,
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Nov
30

Crochet pattern for baby cocoon

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Beautiful baby cocoon by Hyke Groen. This is her pattern.

Here is a picture of a baby cocoon by Hyke Groen – the free pattern for it is offered on www.Ravelry.com – a wonderful place that we highly recommend.

Crocheted baby cocoon

A crochet pattern to make a cocoon (courtesy of Marla Caneer – a very good friend)  is as follows:

Materials:

SOFT worsted weight yarn or double baby yarn,
6oz for 5-6lb or about 7oz for 7-10lb sizes and size H hook.

Note: Do NOT turn after Joining. Ch 2 at first of round counts as a DC. If you have counted correctly your 2dc space with be made in the first stitch of the 2dc stitch on the row below.

For all sizes:
Chain 3

1: Dc 11 times in the end chain. Join with a slip stitch. (12 Dc made)
2: Ch 2, DC in same space, 2dc in each stitch around. Join. (24 DC made)
3: Ch 2, Dc in same stitch, (Dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch) around. Join. (36 Dc made)

4: Ch 2, Dc in same stitch, (Dc in next 2 stitches, 2dc in next stitch) around. Join. (48 Dc made).

5: Ch 2, Dc in same stitch, (Dc in next 3 stitches, 2dc in next stitch) around. Join. (60 Dc made)

6: Ch 2, Dc in same stitch, (Dc in next 4 stitches, 2dc in next stitch) around. Join. (72 Dc made)

7: Ch 2, Dc in same stitch, Dc in each stitch around. Join.

8: Ch 2, Dc in NEXT stitch and each stitch around. Join.

For 5-6lb size:

Rows 9-24: Repeat Row 8, for 24 rows or until cocoon reaches about 14″.

For 7-10lb size:

Rows 9-28: Repeat Row 8 for 28 rows or until cocoon reaches about 18″.

For babies a little larger or for a 0-3mos size, you may use a size I hook with worsted weight (SOFT please!) yarn and continue cocoon until it reaches 24″ or desired size.

Now, finish off or for girls you may add a shell or picot edging. I don’t for boys but that is up to you. For Boys you may add a few rows to be turned down at the top, or simply stop at row 28 or so.

Hope you enjoy! I’d love to see what you make, esp if you get creative and use up partial skeins or multi colors. Please make at least one for charity.

Thanks again, Marla for this pattern and your comments.  You are a wonderful volunteer and donor and we appreciate you so much!!

Hugs

President Carol Green
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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!

Take these:

Hammer, glass eye wash dish, screwdriver, spent shot gun casing

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.

spent shotgun shells

All that effort is worth while (and it’s a lot of effort), will make get these:

That look like this:

and these:

That look like this:

Shotgun shell Christmas lights! Recycling at it's best!

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
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We found this quick and easy tutorial on the net to make cute tissue holders. This would be a wonderful Christmas stocking stuffer or a gift for a friend in hospital (which is what we are using the tutorial for – the hospital patients really appreciate little things like this to know they are loved and not forgotten.

Here is the link for this adorable tissue holder.   http://mel-allwrappedup.blogspot.com/2010/11/tissue-pouch.html

It’s also a great soft and quiet tissue holder to slip into the pocket of your temple gown. Rustling plastic at the temple or church is so distracting.  Isn’t it cute?  You will be amazed at how quickly it sews up with just scraps of material you have laying around!

Soft Tissue Holder

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Angel Card Project for 2010

Mark Martin is the founder of the Angel Card Project.   Every year lots and lots of folks come together to spread a little holiday cheer to those who need it.   We join together and all send Holiday cards to the less fortunate, sick, elderly, lonely, and those who just generally need a good cheering up!

Many of the people who receive cards from this project might not otherwise have anything to make them smile during the holiday season.  This can even include Military Individuals!   So we send them Christmas Cards to put a smile on their faces and a nice warm feeling in their hearts.   This is strictly a VOLUNTEER project.   Mark hosts it every year to give folks an opportunity to give a little something back at Christmas time to folks who deserve it.

Any questions concerning the project should be submitted to Mark and he will answer you back as soon as he has a chance.   It may take him a few days, so be patient waiting for your reply. You can Email Mark at scutterbear@aol.com

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We were delighted to receive a donation of an Incredible Sweater Machine for our volunteers to knit on.  Thank you so much to the generous donor, we are so grateful as we would never be able to get all the cocoons done if they had to be knitted by hand.

The hospital needs 350 cocoons for their babies and the machine will be a huge help in getting the donations made and out to the hospital in time to snuggle the babies in this cold weather.  The cocoons also aid in keeping the babies calm and comfortable so they spend their energy on healing and growing instead of trying to stay warm and peaceful.

We just made the very first cocoon on the knitting machine that arrived yesterday.  Here it is!

Baby Cocoon

Baby Cocoon - knitted by machine.

Baby Cocoon

Baby Cocoon

These cocoons can be hand knitted or machine knitted.

Thatcher’s Cocoon (knitted version)

With circular needle or dpn’s, cast on 80 sts (I love using a long tail cast on.
Tutorial for it can be found at www.knittinghelp.com)
Join in round, placing a stitch marker on first stitch to mark beginning of round.

Knit for approximately 18 inches then begin decreasing.

Row 1. Knit 8, knit 2 together (repeat to end of row. Row should end with last 2 sts
knit together).
Row 2. Knit all sts.
Row 3. Knit 7, knit 2 together (repeat to end of row. Row should end with last 2 sts
knit together).
Row 4. Knit all sts.
Row 5. Knit 6, knit 2 together (repeat to end of row. Row should end with last 2 sts
knit together).
Row 6. Knit all sts.
Row 7. Knit 5, knit 2 together (repeat to end of row. Row should end with last 2 sts
knit together).
Row 8. Knit all sts.

Continue in this manner until only 8 stitches remain. Cut or break yarn leaving a long
tail to thread through the remaining 8 stitches. Tighten the bottom and secure yarn by
weaving it up into the inside of the bag a bit until you feel it is secure and won’t come out.

Weave in any ends ( if you choose to do stripes you will have lots of them) and ta-da! All done:)

This size will fit most full term nb’s. Increase or decrease amount of stitches to size up or down.

My gauge for this is 4.5-5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch with size 7 needles using
worsted weight yarn.

If you would like to help by making knitted cocoons and donating to Relief Share for us to take to the hospital, we  would love it.  Our address is Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225. Be sure to include your name and address so we can send you a thank you letter and tax deductible donation slip.

Well, the first one is made.  Only 349 to go!  It took us just over a year to make and donated handmade twin size quilts for Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis.  I wonder how long it’s going to take to make and donate all the cocoons needed.  A lot less with YOUR help ;-)

President Carol Green
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If you would like to purchase and donate gumdrop pacifiers to help sick and needy babies, please click the link “Order Here” www.gumdroppacifier.com and have Sandbox Medical send your donation to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225. There are many babies who are in crisis centers, hospitals and homes living under the poverty level that need pacifiers - you can help!”

We are so excited here at Relief Share.  One of the items we provide to Texas County Memorial Hospital (TCMH) is pacifiers for newborns.

The economy has created a drop in funds donated to charities, and made it more difficult to come up with enough money to purchase what is needed to go with what is donated to fill the requests for help for the sick and needy.

After scrambling to obtain pacifiers at a price that was affordable and cleaning out two businesses of all the pacifiers they had, we contacted the largest manufacturer of one piece hospital soothers – Natus Medical – and they will be donating Gumdrop soothers directly to the Nursing Director at TCMH!

The newborn size GumDrop has a slightly bigger rim than other pacifiers  so babies can enjoy it as they grow. GumDrop pacifiers have a single-body construction so they won’t come apart.   They meet Consumer Product Safety Commission standards for pacifiers and are phthalate-free, latex-free and BPA-safe.   The GumDrop pacifier is curved to fit better, lighter weight to stay in better and lets you see more of your baby’s face!   GumDrop has the same great nipple design as Soothie®, and mothers and babies love them!

We are thrilled that the hospital will be receiving top quality pacifiers from the best resource available at no cost to them. Thank you,  Natus Medical, your dedication to babies and providing for their needs is excelled only by the top notch products you provide!

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Oct
26

Knitting for baby – Cocoons.

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Knitted cocoon

One of the items we love to make for the babies is a swaddling cocoon. Baby stays warm, cuddly and snuggled happily without mother having to constantly re-adjust the receiving blanket.

The cocoons are simple to make.

Thatcher’s Cocoon (knitted version) by Jennifer Sundquist.

With circular needle or dpn’s, cast on 80 sts (I love using a long tail cast on.)
Tutorial for it can be found at www.knittinghelp.com)
Join in round, placing a stitch marker on first stitch to mark beginning of round.

Knit for approximately 18 inches then begin decreasing.

Row 1. Knit 8, knit 2 together (repeat to end of row. Row should end with last 2 sts
knit together).
Row 2. Knit all sts.
Row 3. Knit 7, knit 2 together (repeat to end of row. Row should end with last 2 sts
knit together).
Row 4. Knit all sts.
Row 5. Knit 6, knit 2 together (repeat to end of row. Row should end with last 2 sts
knit together).
Row 6. Knit all sts.
Row 7. Knit 5, knit 2 together (repeat to end of row. Row should end with last 2 sts
knit together).
Row 8. Knit all sts.

Continue in this manner, switching to double pointed needle (DPN when it gets too small for the circular needles, until only 8 stitches remain. Cut or break yarn leaving a long
tail to thread through the remaining 8 stitches. Tighten the bottom and secure yarn by
weaving it up into the inside of the bag a bit until you feel it is secure and won’t come out.

Weave in any ends ( if you choose to do stripes you will have lots of them) and ta-da! All done:)

This size will fit most full term nb’s. Increase or decrease amount of stitches to size up or down.

My gauge for this is 4.5-5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch with size 7 needles using
worsted weight yarn.

The link to the pattern to make cocoons on the USM bond knitting machines is here :  (thanks for the suggestion to include it on this post ;-) )  http://www.reliefshare.org/wordpress/2010/12/06/cocoon-pattern-for-bond-ism-knitting-machine/

Disclaimer: Please always supervise your infant while using the cocoon. We are not responsible for anything that may result from misuse of any cocoons made from this pattern!

The nurses just love them. They are so simple that even a beginner knitter can do them.  If you would like to make some and donate them, please send the finished cocoons to: Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225.  We will be happy to send a thank you letter and tax deductible receipt for your donation.

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We’ve been busy as a bee around the Relief Share offices ;-)   Here are some of the donations that just went out:

Sweet baby

Donation to a wee baby girl to be born:

- bottles, washcloths, birth pillow, receiving blankets, brush/comb set, blankets, bottle insulators, onesies, sleepers, baby scissors, and diapers.

Donation for a sweet baby born to be born:

- bassinette, baby clothing & accessories

Donation for a tiny preemie baby boy:

- baby blankets and clothing

Donation for a precious baby boy:

- blankets, quilts, outfits, toys, socks, booties, sweater sets, afghans, shoes, receiving blankets, burp cloths

Donation for a darling baby girl:

- hats, toys, blankets, food, diapers, clothings

Donation for a little girl:

- interactive doll

Donation to church:

- toys, food, clothing, blankets

Donation to Crisis Center:

- clothing for the needy

Donation to charity to helps hospital:

- hospital gowns, fabric, sewing supplies, patterns, thread

Donation to Individual:

- large box of yarn and crochet cotton to be made into charity items.

- fabric remnants and scraps for patchwork quilt making (we use plenty of material ourselves, but when we have the opportunity to share with other charities, we are happy to).

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Oct
07

Fabric donation received

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We opened a very special box today at Relief Share.  Inside was hopes, dreams, prayers fulfilled, compassion, love, charity, sharing and giving.  What does all that look like?  Let us show you……

Fabric donation

A super huge hug to our lovely donor who always keeps us in her prayers and on her wish list. This special donor has sent much needed sewing supplies and machinery and has a God given ability to know just when we need a donation the most and always sends exactly what we need.

Thank you so much!  I know you want to remain anonymous, but we want everyone to know how much your donation boxes are appreciated ;-)

President Carol Green
Relief Share

‘giving Relief through sharing’

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Sometimes we have to say goodbye before we get to say a decent hello.  Such is the case with tiny babies born to grieving parents who never got to say hello or have only minutes or a few bittersweet hours to say goodbye and hello at the same time.  These precious bundles of love straight from heaven from God’s hands to our hearts only need one last little gown, bonnet and blanket to be snuggled in.

There are special angels here on earth who answer the call to provide the tiny gowns called Angel Wing Burial gowns that go in the burial layettes. The pattern for this gown was designed by Dot Fulton of Missouri to fit the little ones God has called home after being here for such a brief time.  Dot has since passed away and has now joined the angels she has provided so many perfectly made little gowns for.

A large box of burial items was just donated to the Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri – along with blankets, swaddler blankets, and soft Ty Beanie Baby Fleece Lambs for momentos for the parents to keep to remember their little one by.

Angel Wing Burial gown and bonnet

Angel Wing Burial gown and bonnet

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Today was a busy day at Relief Share. Lots of time was spent going through all the donations that had come in and getting them ready to be taken to where they are needed the most.

Donated to the hospital:

23 baby blankets with lovely crocheted edges
6 large afghans to snuggle new babies in

Donated to the local food pantry and crisis center:

20 pound container of fabric
90 soft handmade medium sized teddy bears
50 gift boxes for babies
Batting, interfacing and sewing supplies

Donated to families:

3 baby beds to families for their new infants
baby layette and blanket for a new baby girl
books
home and personal items items

The work of giving relief through sharing with others is a wonderful way of showing God’s love through us to his home vulnerable children.  Our volunteers and donors are very precious to us in helping the compassionate service work we do possible.  Thank you.

Carol Green
President Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225
Info@ReliefShare.org

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Donation of essential baby and hygiene items.

There are some things babies cant do without.  Diapers and baby powder are essentials in the lifes of little ones and, unfortunately, expensive for single mothers and families who live under the poverty line.  Other essentials, such as soap, shampoo, body lotion, etc are important – not only for comfort and cleanliness, but in stopping the spread of germs and disease.

Thanks to the generous donation of a special donor, who is more than willing to help, this large donation has been received in today and also already donated out to where it will do the most good.

It takes all of us working together to answer the prayers of the sick and needy for essentials.

You can help, too – donations of baby items, clothing and bedding are needed as the weather turns colder.  Please send donations to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd., Houston, MO 65483-2225. All donations are tax deductible.  If you don’t have baby items to send but would like to help with funds for shipping the items to where they are needed, please send a monetary donation through Paypal to info@ReliefShare.org

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Hand knitted donations for the sick & needy

Relief Share was blessed to accept a marvelous donation of lovely hand knitted scarves, hats, and afghans from a very special compassionate donor.  She is 93 years old and has knitted and donated 500 items that have gone to children’s homes, schools and orphanages.  She loves to knit and is happy that the things she makes can be used to help others.

What wonderful gifts of compassion and caring she has been making all these years.  Her love of knitting shows in how beautifully made the items are, and to gift them to the sick and needy is truly gracious.

We are grateful for these types of donations.  It is a pleasure to be able to give such beautiful hand made items to those who need them.  Instead of getting worn out used items to keep warm with, the donations of new quality items have brought a light to the sick and needy’s eyes as they realize someone, a stranger, loved them enough to care and create such beautiful new items for them.

Helping with much needed items is a way of our showing God’s love reaching out in answer to the sick and needy’s prayers.  We become worthy servants of God as we help be part of the answer to prayers for essential items.

One of the afghans was donated  to a young mother with a 10 month old baby.  When I told the mother that the beautiful afghan for her wee baby girl came from a wonderful donor to Relief Share, she said to tell her a very grateful thank you.  She was worried about the colder weather coming and concerned about what she was going to do.  Now her little one is warm and snuggly because of our donor’s generosity and caring ;-)

Thank you so much to everyone who puts their love in action and donates what is needed for us to distribute to those who are in crisis, sick or in need.  May God bless you as you bless others :-)

President Carol Green
Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225
info@ReliefShare.org

Hand knitted donations for the sick & needy

Hand knitted donations for the sick & needy

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This donation went out to needy mothers and babies in the Boise, Idaho area.  There are some happy snuggly warm babies and smiling mothers who are very relieved that they could get the items they need for their babies.  Thanks to all the volunteers and donors who made this donation of brand new items to needy families possible.

3    Gerber Sleep n Play
3    Bambolina body suits
1    Carter 3 piece outfit
1    zippered Nursery Rhyme outfit
1    2 pce outfit, Baby Essentials
1    Garanimals onesie/shirt
1    froggie applique onesie
1    elastic band blue jeans
1    3 piece First Impression Froggie out fit – bib/shirt/pants
1    jacket and shirt set – UFO
1    Protection System jacket
1    Fisher Price sleep and play outfit – newborn – yellow
4    receiving blankets – animal theme
1    Fisher Price sleep and play outfit – newborn – blue
2    Gerber baby gowns
2    First Impression blue baby gowns
1    Heirloom wooden rattle
2    baby ballet church shoes – newborn pink
1    pr baby sandals – pink
1    pr newborn pink baby shoes
4    pr baby socks
2    pacifiers

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Blessing the lives of those who need help is Christlike.

Summer is here – there are manicures and pedicures to take care of ‘summer sandal feet’. You wouldn’t think that would apply to charity as it would seem to be a ‘want’ and not a ‘need’, but for the handicapped and ill, it is a serious need as feet and hands can get sores and cracks leading to infection if not taken care of.

Wheelchair bound patients with braces on their legs develop blisters and open sores that need attention.  Caring for those with these special needs takes love, patience and knowledge to give them the assistance they require.

Relief Share donated hygiene products and coordinated efforts to meet the needs of those who required specialized care for their hands and feet. Volunteers, who offered their time and services to give much needed manicures and pedicures, showed compassion and Christlike love to the permanently wheelbound and also patients recovering from serious surgeries as they tenderly ministered to them.

Spirits were lifted, hearts softened, hope returned to those who sometimes seemed forgotten and all were blessed as the spirit of service touched everyone.

We are grateful for our volunteers who blessed the lives of those who needed this specialized kind of help. We are also grateful for the wonderful donors who provided the funds and supplies that the volunteers put to use for the benefit of those needing personal care in these areas.

President Carol Green
ReliefShare.org
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Soft dollies, cuddly quilts - love in action for the children!

Soft dollies, cuddly quilts - love in action for the children!

Being in hospital looking out the windows and seeing other children happily playing in the sunshine can be hard for little ones. One of our ongoing donors continues to spread sunshine and dry tears with her sweet donations of blankets, dollies, teddies.

Included in her donations are some very special preemie receiving blankets. She takes the time to carefully crochet lacy edges around the blankets to make them beautiful. These soft pretty blankets are used for the most precious of God’s children who need only one last blanket to be cuddled in. Those who are too perfect, too special, to remain here on earth for long are gently placed and wrapped in the blankets made with so much love and then they go on to God’s arms from ours.

Some of the little ones, born too soon or very small, are strong enough to fight and and stay here to continue to bless the lives of the families God has sent them to, and their blankets become a family heirloom.

We are grateful to R. M. for her love and continuing kindness to God’s precious sick and needy babies and children. She continues to reach out and bless the lives of strangers with love in action through her donations ;-)

Carol C Green
Relief Share President
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Keeping children safe with donated car seats.

Keeping children safe with donated car seats.

Its the middle of summer and most folks are having fun with their families and enjoying the pretty weather. In the midst of all the summer fun, there are families who are struggling to make ends meet and obtain basics like clothing, car seats, and essentials. It feels good to be able to help.

A little girl is now safely transported in her family’s vehicle with a car seat to protect her and has new clothing to brighten her day. It sounds like such a small thing, but makes a huge difference in her and her family’s life.

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Essential Baby items

Essential Baby items

A huge thank you goes out to all our wonderful volunteers and donors who sent in items for us to distribute the past two weeks. Some of our donors prefer to remain anonymous so no names will be mentioned but we are very grateful for all the love and support shown to those we serve.

Donations in this week include baby quilts, blankets, burp cloths, rattles, toys, shoes, socks, bottles pacifiers, sewing supplies and equipment, fabric and much more.

Donations of machinery are very important to us and we are extremely grateful to be able to provide more items to a greater number of recipients because of the use of added machinery. Fabric is central to our donations as hospital gowns, xray shorts, baby clothing, quilts, diaper bags, toys, diaper covers, and much more is made from donated and purchased fabric. Kids print is at the top of our list, followed with chenille, minky, polar and plush fleece (soft on the skin) for our precious children and their families. Kids knit is hard to find and very much appreciated. Our volunteers can sew a much needed baby gown in under 20 minutes with rib knit for the collar and cuff and baby knit for the yoke and gown! Just think – supplies and 20 minutes are all that stands between a shivering baby and the gown they need – won’t you please help by sending the supplies we need to help the babies? Many other have and we are so grateful.

Something that we don’t mention much with donations is cash. There are some things that we can’t sew knit or crochet and don’t always have in our inventory room when it is desperately needed. The funds that are donated allow us to get formula, diapers, bottles and essentials for babies and food for families who are hungry. If you would like to donate funds to Relief Share through paypal, our paypal address is info@reliefshare.org

All donations are tax deductible and a thank you/tax receipt letter will be sent for each and every donation.

May God bless all the hearts and hands who serve Him here below in blessing the lives of His sick and needy who need answers to their prayers.

President Carol Green
info@ReliefShare.org

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Relief Share volunteers have been very busy the last few weeks sewing, crocheting, serging, shopping, shipping and, in general, thoroughly enjoying our compassionate service efforts!

Donations out:

-  donation July 17, a nice large box of essentials to a baby soon to arrive of bottles, receiving blankets, burp cloths, toys, shoes, socks, rattles, washcloths, towel, diaper bag, quilts, blankets, pacifiers and more.  Baby’s Momma was very grateful for the much needed items.  With this economy it can be quite a jolt to the family budget to provide for a new little one.

- donation July 11 to orphanage of socks, shoes/booties, blankets, toys, pacifiers, crib sheets, receiving blankets, socks, burp cloths.

- donation July 18 to orphanage of baby quilts, receiving blankets, burp cloths, rattles, toy ducks, pacifiers, socks, booties, toys, bottles, teddy bears, bunny, birdie – 86 items.

- donation of essential items to local animal shelter to help displaced animals and also owners who can’t afford to neuter and spay their animals.

These are some of the items donated out this week.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers and donors who made these donations possible.

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My daughter, Ashley, and I had a lot of fun taking a large donation to Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis. We drove up the three hours to attend a wedding at the St Louis temple (absolutely beautiful) and then went to the hospital to drop off the donation.  We arrived at the front desk as usual and filled in the customary donation form, then drove around the side of the building to unload the Suburban with the help of Wayne, the cheerful Shriners volunteer who helps with the larger donations.

As we unloaded the vehicle, my mind mentally traced all the items in the donation to the volunteers who had given so much of their time, talents and hearts to make this miracle for the little patients at Shriners as possibility.  A pair of crutches that will now give the gift of movement to a child laid on top of the patchwork quilt that will snuggle a little one fresh out of surgery and needing warmth to heal.  Over to the right, many large clear plastic bags were filled with over 65 afghans, lovingly knitted and crocheted by those who put their caring into action.

Special teddies that are made with materials to combat sensitive bodies and noses waited patiently for little arms to wrap around them and a gaggle of cutie smaller teddy bears in tan and happy purple looked darling with all their smiles peeking over the edge of the box.

The box picked up next was heavy.  It was filled with 70+ boxer type shorts for the xray room so children would be able to wear modest clothing while getting xrays to determine how their surgeries were going.  The shorts were a fun treasure hunt for Ashley and I – we shopped in Springfield, Rolla, Cabool, Mountain Grove, Houston, and Licking before finding what we were looking for in West Plains at Shay’s store – a huge clearance table with just what the doctor ordered – literally – shorts for the xray room with comfortable elastic waistbands and in sizes all the way from xsmall to very large for the older children.  As we checked out, we told the salesgirl what the shorts were for and she called her manager to get us a further discount for charity.  What a wonderful thing for them to do and we were so grateful to get the shorts we needed for just over $100.  There were a few more we had picked up along the way at sales and delivering the box was a culmination of fun, shopping and a lot of love.  We didn’t have time to sew the shorts like last year so were delighted to find what we needed already sewn.

Another heavy box, this time filled with hygiene items – shampoo, conditioners, body lotion, face cleansers, toothpaste, mouthwash and more.  Saving all the little bottles when we go traveling is fun, much to the chagrin of my husband who hears me holler “Don’t use the bottles, I need them for the hospital” at every hotel room ;-)   We managed to find someone selling a large box of sample size hygiene items at the local flea market – H & K in Houston, MO.  That’s a lovely flea market and antique mall.  Nice and clean and filled with wonderful treasures and also basics.  The folks who own the flea market donate a booth to Relief Share to use as a fundraiser, many times we find what is needed at the flea market as we are there cleaning the booth and adding more things for folks to buy – usually from another de-cluttering episode at my house and the homes of volunteers.

Also in the donation is toys, books, blankets, clothing, and many more needed items.  Roughly a year ago we had a request from Shriners to make and donate 240 twin size quilts for their small patients to use on the hospital beds.  After the donation on Saturday we only need 5 more to make 240.  The quilts are very much needed, if you are reading this and would like to donate a twin size quilt to Shriners, please send it directly to them in St Louis (you can find their address on Lindbergh Blvd using google) and email is at info@ReliefShare.org to let us know you did.

We are so grateful to all those who made and donated quilts through us to Shriners. There are a lot of happy cuddled children there now.  We also sent a big box of toys from my www.GrandmothersAttic.net shop. Berenguer baby dolls just the right size for little hands, teddy bears, puppy dogs and more.

Here are a few pictures taken when we dropped the donation off:

Shriners Donation

Lots of love and smiles to unload at Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis for the children

Shriners volunteer unloading the donation

Volunteer, Wayne, cheerfully helps us unload.

Bags of handmade afghans and hats

Bags of handmade hats and afghans – over 50 of them for the children in those two bags alone!

Wayne and Shriners unloading more donation items from our truck

lots of love in those bags for the children at Shriners Hospital

The gift of crutches will allow a child to be mobile.

The gift of crutches will allow a child to be mobile.

Tigger talks - the children love that, and a puppy waits for snuggles

Tigger talks - the children love that, and a puppy waits for snuggles

A warm quilt to cuddle a child in the recovery room.

A warm quilt to cuddle a child in the recovery room.

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I help get the toys out of the back of the Suburban

I help get the toys out of the back of the Suburban

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Lots of love and work in the donation, now to get busy on the next donation!

Lots of love and work in the donation, now to get busy on the next donation!

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We are almost there…..we promised a total of 240 twin size quilts to Shriners Childrens Hospital and we only need a few more.  If anyone would like to donate a twin size quilt to be used on the patients beds at the hospital, please let us know. It can be hand tied, machine quilted, hand quilted or even store bought.

I bought a really pretty quilt from the flea market in town that had a note on it that there were”no holes or wear on the quilt and it was in good condition”, so I never untied it to check. When I got home to wash it I found the colors had all bled inside and it was terribly stained.  A great disapointment, as I was going to take it to St Louis when I went with our next donation of shorts and personal hygiene items.  Wouldn’t life be a lot nicer if everyone was honest?

Shorts are needed in kids sizes  – S to XL and adult sizes S to 4XL.  The reason for the adult sizes is that Shriners takes older children that sometimes wears as large as 4XL due to medical problems. It is hard enough to be sick and in pain but even worse when there is nothing to fit.  We are also making larger hospital gowns for the older children.  If you would like to sew some hospital gowns or shorts, please do ;-) Fun kids print is the best choice for fabric.

Carol Green

President.

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This is an update on the wee preemie baby that was about to be born recently.  Unfortunately, she was born too soon and her mother was only able to hold her for a few moments before she slipped away to God’s arms again.  Sometimes we have to say goodbye before we get a chance to say hello.

Her mother wished me  to express her deep gratitude to the volunteers to helped get things ready for the baby and the love shown her in this difficult situation.  Grandma is taking care of the other children, while momma adjusts to empty arms and reality sets in.  God will bless her with comfort and peace as time goes on, but it’s never an easy situation.

We are grateful for those who make and donate the beautiful little burial layettes for God’s tiniest angels that only need one last gown, bonnet and blanket to be snuggled in.

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Funds are needed to ship donations to recipients, please help by donating to info@ReliefShare.org through paypal.

Funds are needed to ship donations to recipients, please help by donating to info@ReliefShare.org through paypal or call us to donate over the phone with a credit card or check 417-763-3288. All donations are tax deductible as we are a 501 (c) 3 non profit charity.

Many times requests for help seem to be brought to us by an invisible hand.  Folks who would normally never connect do in an effortless way that seems to be fate.  Those who have love for others and want to help are ready to hear the still small voice who whispers to their heart and lets them know when to take action and when to wait quietly for promptings.

Have you ever had this kind of an experience?  You just felt that you should be somewhere, or call someone, or do something, and don’t know why, but you know you should so you do it?  What happened?

Please share your experiences with us by emailing info@Relief Share.org for us to share with others on our blog. When we share with each other similar experiences, we strengthen and validate our feelings, thoughts and efforts.

We can tell you from experience that great blessings for both the giver and receiver result from listening to God’s promptings to help each other.

No action was ever taken without it being a thought, first.  The scriptures say it this way: “for as a man thinketh, so is he.”  Have you thought about helping others but don’t know how or who?  Wondered which charity to join as there are so many and all have good causes? Making a priority list may help you decide where to focus your efforts.

PRIORITIZING, WISDOM & KNOWLEDGE

- prioritize your projects to make sure you’re working on what’s truly important instead of getting caught up in minor things. Prioritizing is logically thinking about how to spend your time.  Wisdom is knowing how to do that and knowledge is applying your wisdom to achieve the best results.

- you will want to make the greatest amount of progress towards your goals with the least amount of effort.

- for prioritization to have any meaning, it’s imperative that you have a clear objective. Can you visualize what you want to do? Can you see how accomplishing your goal will make you feel?  Are you passionate about helping others?

- effective prioritization is the essential skill you need to make the very best use of your own efforts and other volunteers.

CHOOSING WHERE TO PUT YOUR EFFORTS

One key to choosing a charitable activity is the reason for your motivation. Why do you want to help Relief Share? Has a need personally touched you? Do you identify with how Relief Share is addressing the need – such as working with Shriners Childrens Hospital to make warm quilts for the tiny patients, donating food for the hungry, or books to help children read? Does contributing your time, effort and goods give you a sense of ownership and partnership? Giving to a compassionate service effort you believe in, or share a common vision with, means so much more than giving just for tax purposes.

Your efforts should also be what is needed.  You should be convinced your gift would make a positive difference in the lives of the recipients. You should have no regrets, no afterthoughts, just confidence in your decision.  Ask questions via email to see if we are actively working on a project that your heart is in, and feel free to suggest a cause that you care about but be ready to be part of the solution to the need you suggested.

Currently we are working on twin size quilts for Shriner Childrens Hospital in St Louis – also hospital gowns and xray shorts for them.  We are also making and donating crocheted and knitted blankets, afghans and sweater sets for crisis centers and homeless shelters.  Toys for children in church nurseries, food for the hungry, supplies for community groups and the aged to help others, clothing for tiny babies and warm bedding for families in need – this is some of what we have handled this week.

“I love my job!” – Have you heard many folks say that about their job?  Well you hear it a lot around the Relief Share office.  We truly love our jobs, though unpaid, our pay is the smiles on faces who were sad, grateful hugs from little children now snuggled in warm blankets, messy faces on children who have food all over their mouths who, before we arrived, had their tummies growling.

Come join us – let us know if you sew, knit, crochet, craft or have items you would like to donate.  Email us, we would love to hear from you.  Input is always welcome!  info@ReliefShare.org

Carol Green
President
www.ReliefShare.org
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

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We are now in our third week of sales for our fundraiser for Relief Share.  Instead of having folks come inside our building, we took it to the parking lot in our mall.  It’s been very busy as we set everything up like a garage sale to attract people and have a HUGE room all set up inside with tables and everything is just one dollar! The room was donated by a wonderful gentleman who owns the mall so we have a place to haul things in quickly when the rain shows up and to put things in for the duration of the fundraiser & business inventory liquidation sale at night so everything doesn’t need to be dragged around the end of the building.

Outside we have items that are half the original prices and sales from GrandmothersAttic.net, a store located in the same mall, are also being donated to Relief Share to help.  We are hoping to have enough money from the fundraising to be able to purchase the material needed for the hospital gowns for Shriners, the x-ray shorts, and the twin size quilts for the patient’s beds.  We also have many other projects we need supplies for  – mama pads, diaper bags, diaper covers, bibs, clothing and quilts for sick and needy families.

Relief Share is blessed to have the Lucky Dollar Store down the road in Licking who has fabric at very reasonable prices and gives us a discount because it’s for charity.  Now that our local Wal Mart no longer carries fabrics (don’t get us started on that…), we are grateful for the Lucky Dollar Store and Mel Porter – the owner.

A huge thank you to Ashley Green who has set up, taken down and spend the entire time monitoring and running the sales.  She has been sunburned, tired, sore from dragging heavy items in and out of buildings and pressed into service more than she could ever imagine.  What started out as a weekend sale has now turned into three weeks.  She needs a medal and we are most grateful to her.  A thank you to all the wonderful people who donated their time and effort helping.

Today 100 baby hats were donated out to Tennessee for the babies there.  We pray none of them suffered from the recent flooding that has caused so much problems in that state.  We also donated out preemie clothing to a little baby born to soon and only lived long enough for momma to say goodbye.  A tiny baby doll was donated to baby’s older brother so he would have something to remember her by.  A large donation went out to an expectant abandoned mother for her little one.  Donations of household items to needy folks were given out and baby blankets and clothing were given out to a young family in need.  Yarn donations have gone out to volunteers who are knitting and crocheting for the sick and needy in their area – those donations were possible from a large donation of cone yarn from a shop that shut down.  Beautiful tiny baby blankets with gorgeous hand crocheted edges done by a very special volunteer were donated to the local hospital – thank you Roberta – your work is lovely and the hospital so appreciative.

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This week has been a busy fulfilling week for volunteers who worked hard to take care of important needs.  Many donations went out to the sick and needy – here are some of them:

Baby boy soon to be born to a young single mother whose boyfriend walked out on her when she found she was pregnant.  Scared and alone, she shared her situation with a friend who came to us for help.  This is what we donated to her and her son -  3 bottles, 1 box q-tips, outfit, rattle, 6 baby bears stuffed toys, soother, lotion, shampoo, baby oil, 4 receiving blankets, 2 shirts, 2 beautiful handmade baby quilts, polar fleece blanket with matching puppy dog toy, crocheted afghan, 2 ciapers, 3 sleepers, 3 socks, booties, and pants.

Baby boy to be born to young military mother, donation given – bunting, bottles, socks, outfits, hats, blankets, and quilts.

Young teen  – much needed household goods.

Many baby hats were donated out to the needy in Missouri and also through another organization in West Virginia.

Fabric, yarn and sewing supplies were donated to those who needed them.  A sewing machine and serger were signed out to a volunteer who is working on projects for us for Shriner Children’s Hospital in St Louis.

The local food pantry recieved many bags of household goods, clothing, etc for the sick and needy they serve.

Toys were donated to a church for their nursery, including large toy centers and food.

These donations were possible with YOUR generous donations!  Thank you. Please keep them coming.  To help, please send donations to:

Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

Some of the items needed are basics like soap, shampoo, deodorant, household cleaning products, dog and cat food, basic food supplies, Wal Mart gift cards for basics, toothbrushes, combs, water bottles, bedding, sheets and pillowcases, dishes, and other essential household items.

Craft and sewing supplies such as thread, yarn, fabric, batting, scissors, needles, patterns, buttons, zippers, and other sewing accessories and supplies are always welcome.

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Today we gave out a donation for a tiny baby to be born tomorrow.  Her mother is only 5 months along in her pregnancy.  To save her life, she must make her appearance tomorrow with the assistance of a medical team and spend months in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Finding clothing that small – especially on a moments notice – is almost impossible, but not when you have Relief Share around ;-) We had lots of fun with Mom-to-be and Grandma-to-be picking out needed clothing, baby accessories, blankets, booties, and a lot more.  With her arms full of donations made with love, the Mom-to-be headed out the door to, hopefully, fill her arms with another kind of love tomorrow.

Our hearts and prayers go out for the Mom-to-be and her wee baby girl.  There is a lot of love knit, crocheted and sewn into the items she now has ready for her daughter.  A huge thank you to all the volunteers who made this miracle of filling a need special and calmed a worried Mom’s fears of not having anything for her baby.

This is a tiny micro preemie baby, perhaps the size of the little  one to be born tomorrow.
This is a micro preemie baby, perhaps the size of the little one to be born tomorrow.
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What a busy time of year as folks come out of their doldrums from the winter cold and want to help others do the same.  Donations have been high and the requests for help pouring in.

Donations out this month include a number of families who recieved items for their new babies – sleepers, outfits, bottles, socks, soothers, blankets, afghans, hats, shoes, socks, lotion, shampoo, diaper cream, toys, bedding, diaper bags, receiving blankets and more.

Food, clothing and beds were donated to a needy family with the help of a local food pantry who works with us from time to time to cover needs when we are out of what is needed.  We also donated to them this month with 5 suburban loads of household goods, baby clothing – much of it new with tags, toys, books, music, DVD, shoes, furniture, craft supplies, and a lot more.

A large box of newborn baby supplies was shipped to Florida for a little boy who is about to make his appearance.

A large learning center, toys, arts and craft supplies, food and books were donated to a local church for their nursery that was badly in need of items for the small children.

Lace was sent to a dollmaker who donates dolls dressed in pretty frilly dresses to needy children, embroidery floss was donated to another crafter who helps others.

Sewing machines and sergers were loaned out to those who needed to borrow them to work on much needed items – they have been returned in excellent condition.  Our lending library is a huge asset to folks who otherwise would not have access to sewing machinery and we are grateful for the donations that made our lending library possible for volunteers and those in need.

Bibs and mamma cloths were sewn and donated to families requesting them.  A wonderful volunteer makes lovely large bibs that are perfect for the toddlers ;-)

Books were donated to the needy, and precious preemie receiving blankets and afghans were taken to the local hospital and given out to area residents who lack the resources to provide necessary items for their tiny babies.

A donation of clothing and toys were taken to a local medical clinic to disperse to a needy family and toys were donated to be given to sick children to ease their traumatic experience when seriously ill.

Many more donations were given out this month, but this gives you an idea of what we are busy with.

We are grateful for all the donors and volunteers that make God’s miracles happen.  God’s many blessings usually flow through hands that serve him here below.

Love and hugs

Carol Green
Relief Share Founder and President.

Info@ReliefShare.org

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