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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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A fun way to be organized and efficient when taking supplies to charity work meetings or to a friends house to work together on projects!

Relief Share home office has something wonderful to share with all our volunteers who are on the go.

Our new craft and yarn carry-all from Miragoods was donated to us in exchange for an honest and unbiased review and we love it.

Watch the video to see why: Click here for the Youtube video from President Carol Green

This yarn storage bag is made with beautiful lilac pattern, high quality PVC coating, includes lots of storage pockets and an additional pouch for extra space and and has a detachable shoulder strap. You can purchase it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FU5OZD2

We are quite excited about this product. The bag holds quite a lot of supplies and the extra pouch allows us to stay organized. Its’ zipped closure will keep sharp sewing accessories safe and knitting needles together. There is also one zipped pocked inside the bag, so the needles could be stored there, too, for extra safety. The exterior layer of the bag itself is of PVC coating to keep items safe from moisture or spills from water or beverages.

We love sharing fun, pretty, and economical ways to keep all of our charity volunteers effective and happy. What kind of a tote or carrying bag do you use for craft and charity projects? Be sure to share with us your thoughts with an email to info@ReliefShare.org.

Keep putting your “Love in Action” for the sick and the needy! You are what makes miracles happen, and we love YOU for it!

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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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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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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 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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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 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.

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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
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United Camera - the very best!

A huge THANK YOU to United Camera for helping Relief Share with a discount on getting our cameras fixed for our charity work.  We are thrilled to have our old cameras up and going again – just like new!  United Camera’s service is pleasant, professional and timely.

We had almost given up our 2 cameras for lost as they were old technology and we didn’t even know if there were parts available.  The volunteers know how to use them, though, and they do take good pictures when working.  Imagine our delight when receiving them repaired and working perfectly.  We can’t thank United Camera enough – they are marvelous!  Thanks again for hearing our plea for help and working with us.

Cameras are very important in our Relief Share charity work and we grateful for the assistance! What do we use cameras for?

  • taking pictures of babies for new moms in the hospital without cameras or funds to get newborn pictures taken
  • taking hospital pictures of little ones ‘gone too soon’ for family keepsakes
  • ebay auctions – Relief Share fundraisers are much more successful with good pictures of items being sold to raise funds to buy supplies to help the sick and needy
  • sharing patterns over the internet is a lot easier to understand with pictures of the finished item, such as knitted, crocheted, tatted, quilted, sewn, and serged finished goods.
  • pictures of volunteers and work meetings are great motivational helps.
  • pictures of a child’s progress during medical treatment helps others see that there is hope.  Pictures also make a good keepsake for the child looking back and seeing how far they’ve come.
  • many other applications for our cameras are implemented.

United Camera bio:

Since first opening its doors in the 1960s, United Camera has become a nationwide leader in the repair of cameras, lenses, iPods, iPads, iPhones and gaming devices. We continually strive to provide a better repair experience for each customer:

“We believe that every customer, from the beginning photographer to the multi-million dollar manufacturer, deserves to have their devices repaired expertly, quickly and for a reasonable cost. This is why we guarantee your products will be fixed right and why millions of customers have chosen United Camera for their repairs.” - Steve Schuldt, President, United Camera

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Do you need your camera fixed? Don’t hesitate to contact United Camera, you’ll be in good hands!  866-488-8227.  Tell them Relief Share sent you!

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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
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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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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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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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One of our sweet charity volunteers, Rhona Holder, just passed away, she was 84 years old.  Her funeral was this afternoon in Houston, MO and I was privileged to sing in the choir for her with my daughter and husband.  Rhona enjoyed crafts, painting, doll making, sewing and helping out at our monthly work meetings.

Rhona was always ready to lend a hand where ever or when ever she was needed.  I remember years ago having Rhona slip some money into my hand after a trip to Dallas with her.  She knew I needed to buy stamps for our ‘begging letters’ for charity so we would have fabric and batting to make the baby quilts for the little ones in hospital.  This was before email and facebook – we did things the hard way! I was so touched by her very generous offer as I knew she had sacrificed to do that for the babies.

Rhona was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister and will be missed by all who new and loved her sweet gentle presence.  May God be with you all the way, Rhona.

All our love,

President Carol Green
Relief Share – Founder/President
Newborns in Need – Founder

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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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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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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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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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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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Relief Share - love in action

Together we can make a difference in the lives of the sick and needy.  Thank you to all our Relief Share donors and volunteers who made donations this week possible.

DONATIONS OUT:

HOSPITAL – Boise, Idaho

60 pair of newborn booties

7 burial layette sets – hand crocheted preemie blankets, hats, booties &  sewn gowns

5 preemie sets – hand crocheted afghans, hat, booties

1 baby cocoon swaddler

4 hand knitted hats

1 headband for infant

1 sewn burial sacque for baby

84 cloth diapers

1 knitted ball toy

7 crocheted afghans

4 sewn newborn gowns

40 soft knit newborn hats for NICU

100 new toothbrushes

INDIVIDUAL FAMILY

material for 3 queen size quilts, 2 quilting books

INDIVIDUAL FAMILY

clothing, household items, sewing machine, fabric, thread, sewing supplies

DONATIONS IN:

Fabric, sewing supplies, yarn, baby clothing, crocheted and knitted items

If you would like to join the Relief Share family of donors and volunteers, please send donations of new or gently used items or supplies to

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

All donations will be acknowledged with a thank you letter/tax receipt.  We are a 501 (c) 3 non profit charity registered with the IRS.

Carol Green
President
ReliefShare.org – love in action, giving relief through sharing

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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,
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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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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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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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Relief Share Director Richard Green loading up a much needed donation - everyone at home office is directly involved with helping.

The weather has turned colder and the need for warm clothing and bedding, especially for babies and children is urgent.  Thanks to the hard work of volunteers and donations of supplies and finished items, Relief Share was able to make a donation of a large box of essential items for families in the Ozarks who would otherwise go with out and suffer with the cold.

The donation for the Crisis Center contained:

BABY & TODDLER ITEMS
shirts – 3
pants/overalls – 13
outfits – 13
socks – 11 pair
shoes/booties – 13 pair
receiving blankets – 16
baby blankets – 6
bottles – 5
tops – 11
rattle – 1
onesies/undershirts – 6
pjs/sleepers – 9
snowsuits – 1
crib sheet – 1
jacket – 1
1 ladies sweater as well.

A huge thank you to the donors and volunteers that made this donation possible. It is everyone working together that makes miracles happen.

Carol Green
President
ReliefShare.org

 

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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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At Relief Share we receive many packages of love and caring. Some are sewing, knitting and crochet supplies, some are finished items and some are notes that express the desire to help others with a few dollars tucked inside.  All packages are signs of compassion, nurturing and wanting to make this world a better place for all.

Recently we received two sewing machines from a very special source.  Debra and Ray Cox are long time followers of Christ and show their love for others through years of service by helping the sick and needy.  Many times they put their own needs aside to take care of others.

True unconditional Christlike love is a hallmark of the very elite who understand how love is at the very center of a peaceful productive life. Through Ray and Debra’s excellent example, many others followed through the years to work with the charity chapter they ran to help hospitals and other organizations with essential items for the sick and  needy.

Debra has since ‘graduated’ and returned home to live with Heavenly Father.  We love her and miss her but know we will all be together again on our ‘graduation’ days as we follow her home.  Ray continues her legacy of love through service, dedication, donations and caring.

May God bless them for all they do for others and may we follow in their footsteps to be better, kinder and more compassionate.

 

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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A much needed donation went out to the hospital.  It was only possible through our wonderful donors and volunteers. Thank you so much.

13    crocheted afghans – 3 pink, 2 blue, 4 white, 2 cream, 1 yellow, 1 green
6    receiving blankets
15    fleece blankets with crocheted edges
2    packages of pampers disposable diapers
1    package of wet wipes for baby
4    large bottles – baby lotion, 2 baby oil, 1 wash/shampoo
1    pair of pacifiers – blue , 6   hats

The hospital is in need of pacifiers for the babies.  If you have new, sealed in the package pacifiers you would like to donate to help soothe the babies, it is greatly appreciated.  We also donated out the last of the diapers, baby lotion, baby oil, shampoo and wet wipes and baby quilts. A trip to the dollar store or other shopping center and putting in a box to ship to us would be a huge blessing to frightened young mothers worried because they have nothing for their babies.  If you could see the looks of relief on their faces as they sit in the homeless shelters or crisis centers when given donations of love from strangers who care, you would know how much your efforts are needed and appreciated.

God answers many prayers through those who serve him here below.  A gift of sleepers, onesies and a soft afghan brought huge smiles and bright happy tears from a mom who really didn’t know what she was going to do.  Her little one is so beautiful – a precious gift of a son from Heavenly Father, and we can be partners with God as we help bless a new baby’s life in the beginning of his journey here on earth.

Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

Donations through paypal help us purchase items that we can’t sew, knit or crochet.  Bottles, wipes, pacifiers, formula – all these things need to be provided.  Our paypal address is info@ReliefShare.org if you would care to send a donation, and all donations are tax deductible.  Simply click the button below and donate whatever amount your heart tells you to.  A baby is helpless and pure – you can make sure baby’s start in life is a good one with warm clothing and blankets, food and hygiene supplies.  Thank you for caring.

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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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Thanks to Julie at U-nitt.com, Relief Share will be able to help more sick and needy babies in the hospital with hats, baby cocoons, blankets, layette items and booties. We will also be able to make more hats for chemo patients, lap afghans for the wheelchair bound, knitted and crocheted blankets for Shriners Childrens Hospital and many other hospitals and keep little ones and their families snuggled in hand made items knitted or crocheted for them with love by Relief Share volunteers.

A huge thank you to U-nitt.com for your recent generous gift of discounted jumbo high speed yarn winders and donated knitting needles (circulars, straights and double pointed) and crochet hooks to the Relief Share. Your commitment to helping the sick and needy we serve weather the crises in their lives is appreciated by those who help them and, most importantly, by the most helpless who benefit from our services.

yarn winder

With the use of the yarn winders and knitting and crochet tools, our volunteers can spend more time actually working on the items needed instead of winding the yarn by a slower method or waiting for their turn to use the tools needed to create blankets, booties, hats and other items desperately needed. With the cold weather approaching, the need for warm clothing and bedding escalates as a warm blanket can mean the difference to a tiny baby of shivering in the cold and dealing with illness, even death or thriving, with their energy going for healing and growing instead of just trying to stay warm.  Time is of the essence when the need is so great, and U-nitt.com is providing a very important donation to help our volunteers fill the need faster and more efficiently.

Thanks to donors like U-nitt.com, the Relief Share has provided many children and families needed items to stay warm, cuddled and happy to thrive and not just survive and now will continue to do so in a more efficient, effective and timely manner.

If you haven’t already visited U-nitt.com you need to do so – it is a wonderful site filled with quality merchandise and the customer service is second to none.  U-nitt bamboo knitting needles are made of Moso bamboo, the tallest and biggest bamboo species in the world. Their selection process allows them to use only the part right under the skin of the bamboo, which is the hardest. Bamboo is a fast renewable resource and their craftsmen make it possible for knitters to enjoy the smooth, warm touch and the effortless knitting experience while contributing to our environment.

U-nitt.com bamboo knitting needles are produced with zero chemicals and are hand-crafted and polished to a nice and velvety patina finish that lasts for years. Each needle is laser printed with US and metric sizes, and each pack is in a resealable vinyl sleeve. You will enjoy using these fine products for years to come.

Bamboo needles and hooks - a dream to work with.

All U-nitt.com needles are covered under a one-year warranty against any breakage during normal use. 

They also have a valuable selection of wool/ball/yarn winders. You can check them out on the yarn winders page.  We LOVE our high speed jumbo yarn winder – it was very busy yesterday at the work meeting!  We got a lot of yarn wound into center pull balls for the volunteers to use and it was so much fun to do.

Again, thank you U-nitt.com for all you do for our organization.

Carol C Green
President
ReliefShare.org
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Debra Cox - - -Aug 18, 2011

Debra Cox, our long time friend and sweet wonderful volunteer has left this world and is with Jesus today in paradise.  Debra is very much missed and loved by those here on earth who are separated from her temporarily in death.  When it is our turn to go home to our loving God, we will rejoice again in the company of our precious friend.

Debra passed away last night, leaving behind her cherished husband and beloved children.  She still reaches out to those in need through Ray as he is donating what she had gathered in her lifetime and will now be blessing others with it.

She has a darling little granddaughter, Amber, that we will be watching grow up in the legacy of love her grandmother set for her.  Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire family and all that know and love her.

Ray is such a special sweetheart. He is honoring Debra’s memory by making sure that all of her work, collections, clothing and things she left behind are being used to bless the lives of the sick and needy.  In his time of sorrow and need, he is expending efforts to carry on the work that he has spent a lifetime sharing with Debra.  Such an unselfish kind response to his own pain is typical of Ray.

Debra and Ray are God’s special team to answer prayers of those here on earth desperate for assistance.  Even though Debra is working on other other side in paradise and Ray is working on this side on earth to help God answer prayers, they are only physically separated from death but always together forever in the life and love of the heart.

Debra’s children, grandchildren and extended family have a legacy of all the love, work and kindness both Ray and Debra have extended to the downtrodden, sick, afflicted and most helpless of God’s children.  May her memory always burn brightly as a legacy of love and caring to everyone.

Prayers for Ray and Debra’s extended family are most gratefully welcomed.  Thank you in advance for your love and caring for this special family in their time of separation and sorrow.

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Here is our original post on Debra a few years back:  Let us introduce you to a very special leader-servant.  Her name is Debra Cox and she is very much in tune with the Holy Spirit. She has been answering prayers for many years, along with her husband Ray.  In her community, babies have blankets, sleepers, soft toys, special needs filled and given love from a stranger they may never meet that loves them so much she will sacrifice even her health to provide essentials for them through local hospital and organizations.

I first met Debra years ago.  Such a wonderful lady, and so kind. When told about the how the sick and needy babies in her area were suffering from the lack of essentials, her response was “Yea, Lord, I am here – send me!”  She jumped right in and gathered volunteers around her to help.  Most of the work she did herself, and she is very much loved by all of us.

Debra paid a very high price – her sacrifice and efforts over the years has claimed her health.  Today she had surgery for cancer and while some of it was removed, she has weeks of chemotherapy to rid her body of the thousands of nodules that remain.  She is no longer able to do all the compassionate service work she has done in the past, but her husband told us today that as soon as she is able, she has already targeted another area of need to address when she gets her feet under her.  What a lady, what an angel, and what a fine example of being Christ-like she has set for all of us.

We know God is carefully watching over her with love and compassion and our prayers are with her.  What we are calling for today, is not fabric, baby clothing, sewing supplies or hygiene supplies – though we do need those – what we need the most today are prayer for our beloved Debra, and for her comfort and peace while she goes through this earthly trial.

Soft hugs, Debra – we love you!!!!

President Carol C Green
6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225
www.ReliefShare.org
info@ReliefShare.org

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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
ReliefShare.org/wordpress

 

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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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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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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Whew – yesterday was a HUGE day with so many wonderful things happening.  I hardly know where to begin but I just have to share, it was so marvelous.

Together we can make a wonderful difference!

- 50 taggie blankets were worked on yesterday at work meeting for the refugees and sick & needy – they are so cute – it took many hours last week getting them all cut out and the ribbons put on ready to sew, but worth it. We can sure use more ribbon – wide, medium width and narrow – but mostly wide width. The taggie blankets have 16 ribbon loops on each one and we run through ribbon like water. The hospitals use the blankets for comfort and tactile training – especially useful for burn patients as the blankets are made of soft fabrics with different sensations – minky, chenille, velour, flannel, cotton, knit, etc.
- I brought a truckload of batting, fabric and other items in to the work rooms from a variety of donors. Thank goodness there was a couple of darling scouts there to help unload the truck onto the loading docks and into the work room area where all the volunteers were working. The batting quickly got spoken for to be made into quilts as the tops and backs were all ready for them.
- Donna donated a HUGE box of fabric scraps that a wonderful lady is making up into what is needed.   She was tickled pink to get her hands on such nice fabric to work with and the those who will benefit from her efforts will be greatly blessed.  Donna also sent a quilt batt (already made up into a quilt) and other much needed supplies.
- our precious angel donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, sent a huge amount of batting that all of the volunteers were so grateful for – we are desperate for batting and it gets used up as fast as it comes in.  They also sent gorgeous fabric, and – listen to this – a sewing machine!!!!!  The minute I received the delivery of the sewing machine it came out of the box, got threaded and got to work finishing an item I was working on. It’s a really wonderful one that you can just sit down and use – the stitch is a good consistent one and the machine a dream to sew with.  It will be wonderful to have volunteers actually sewing instead of cutting quilt squares out waiting for a machine to get free.
I am so grateful to everyone who is more than willing to step up and help.  The donations are much needed and immediately put to use and the kind words and encouragement are the icing on the cake – I love getting the little notes tucked in with the donations that I share with the volunteers ;-)
I hope everyone has a wonderful day – you all deserve it!

Hugs
President Carol Green
info@ReliefShare.org – you can help!
www.ReliefShare.org/wordpress/

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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

www.ReliefShare.org/wordpress/

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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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

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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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Christ shows the way with charity.

Here is a wonderful quote about service.. I love the Saviour and his protecting, guiding care. When those around us get too critical, life can become burdensome. All I have to do when situations occur is remember what the Saviour did in the same type of circumstances – he turned the other cheek and lost himself in service.

He knew and understood well what his mission here on earth was. It was not about Him, it was about serving others and offering us His selfless gift of the atonement.  Jesus Christ told those who would be His followers that they were to give meat to the hungry and drink to those who thirst. His is a gospel that includes taking in the stranger, loving neighbors as self, and visiting those who are sick or imprisoned. He taught that we are to love and care for each other, that we should visit the fatherless and the widow in their afflictions, and lift up those whose hands hang down and whose knees are feeble.

May this help you as much as it helped me!
President Carol C Green
ReliefShare.org

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Marion D. Hanks on Christ’s Example of Service

“We rejoice in the wonderful welding in his life of principle and performance. The Savior taught precepts of spiritual perfection, and he practiced and applied them with perfection. He could with authority declare that he was the light and example the people should follow: ‘I have set an example for you… I am the light which ye shall hold up — that which ye have seen me do.’ (3 Ne. 18:16, 24.)

“What he *did*, as we read in a splendid verse in the book of Matthew, was to go ‘about all Galilee, teaching… and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of… disease.’ (Matt. 4:23.) Matthew also recorded that, as he approached the final events of his earthly ministry, Jesus taught his followers the parable of the sheep and the goats, representing the judgment to come, in which he clearly identified those who will inherit ‘life eternal’ and those who will ‘go away into everlasting punishment.’ (Matt. 25:46.) The key difference was that those who should inherit the kingdom with him had developed the habit of helping, had experienced the joy of giving and the satisfaction of serving — they had responded to the needs of the hungry, thirsty, homeless, the naked, the sick, and those in prison. Well known are his words, the words of comfort to them: ‘Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me’ (Matt. 25:40), while to those who were condemned to ‘everlasting punishment’ he made the sad pronouncement, ‘Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me’ (Matt. 25:45; italics added).

“Nothing would seem more clear than the high premium the Savior put upon selfless service to others as an indispensable element of Christian conduct and of salvation. Helping, giving, sacrificing are, or should be, as natural as growing and breathing.”

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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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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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Trena Caneer - cherished volunteer

Trena Caneer

http://www.paducahsun.com/obituaries/437559-trena-caneer

Wednesday, February 16 2011

Trena Gail Caneer, 62, of Paducah passed away at 4:03 p.m. Saturday, February 12, 2011, at Western Baptist Hospital.   Mrs. Caneer was a member of Broadway Church of Christ and the Sisters in Christ Sunday School Class. She taught for 27 years in the Livingston County School System and was a member of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Richard Caneer; one daughter, Marla Dawn Caneer Potter and husband Scott of Calvert City; one brother, Jimmy Dale Lampley and wife Marsha of Paducah; and special friends, Lucrecia Glisson, Sharon Brown, Sharon Greeno, and Noelle Craine, all of Paducah.

Trena’s daughter, Marla, has worked with us for many years helping the sick and needy.  Trena just recently sent some diapers for the sweet babies we serve.  She is a cherished volunteer that will be very much missed.

We will be donating baby items on Trena’s behalf and presenting her family with a certificate showing the donations made.  We know she would love this.

President Carol Green
Relief Share – love in action.

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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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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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Joy

“One day at a time – this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone: and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.”
Ida Scott Taylor
1820-1915, Author

With our challenging economy and hardship of difficult weather, there seems to be a general pervading sense of of regret, fear, hopelessness, and anxiety. In order to flip that kind of thinking over to positive thoughts of gratitude, joy, happiness, contentment, peace and understanding, priorities need to be set.

If you are going on a trip, it is wise to know where you are going, for how long, and properly prepare. The Bible tells us “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear”. In our “me, too”, “I want it right now” “It isn’t fair if I don’t have what my neighbors have” world, many blessings are missed because they are simply overlooked. It’s not that they aren’t there – they are – but in the lemmings rush to the sea, not many stop to smell the flowers that are along the way.

Have eyes to see, ears to hear with and hearts that are soft enough to take advice, constructive criticism and willingness to change, if change is needed.

May your day today be on a trip towards a better tomorrow, for it is our todays that make the future what it is. Decide now to be happy – happiness is a gift we give ourselves, not something that happens to us by default (though that can and does happen). Be pro-active in your life, and if you are feeling like a victim, realize that there are no true victims here – no one can make you feel unhappy unless you give them the power over you to do that. There are recorded histories of people incarcerated in German holocaust camps that learned how to be happy despite their circumstances.

There is a popular quote that is attributed to Jesus – “I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it”. How shallow our lives would be if we had everything too easy. “The best stuff sometimes happens because we had to fight so hard to grasp hold of it to get it, to savor it, to embrace it.” – This comment was made by a young lady who had a terrible experience of rape at 18 years old. She rose above it – taking time to heal but never gave up.

You only fail when you stop trying. Just remember, you don’t have to do it alone – the Saviour is always here to help you, but he can’t help if you won’t let him. He also can’t talk to you if the yelling, screaming voices around you are so loud that you can’t focus and concentrate on the still small voice. Take time everyday to stop and meditate on your blessings. You will find that life may not be as difficult as you perceive it to be – that’s Satan’s trick.

Life IS good. God loves you. You deserve to be happy and you will be, if you decide here and now that you will do whatever it takes to reach out to the Lord and walk side by side with him. You do not have to be perfect, you only have to try. There is only one perfect person and by following in his footsteps you can go where he is and enjoy all that he has. He promised, and he is a promise keeper!

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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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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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A large fun box filled with 372 items for Birthright in St Louis, Missouri is being shipped out in the morning.

knitted baby hats

Lots of love and work went into all the handmade hats, booties and 2 baby afghans.  They were knitted and crocheted by volunteers who wanted to help the sick and needy babies we love with warm hats and booties to snuggle in.

A huge thank you to everyone who worked on this care package for the little ones at Birthright.

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This marvelous donation came in today from our sweet angel who watches over us and provides a great deal of what is needed to help the sick and needy!

Relief Share is jumping for joy!  Our sweet earth angel is at it again, sending us much needed fabric to create the baby and twin size quilts we make and donate to hospitals, crisis centers, homeless shelters and sick and needy individuals around the nation!

Many of our volunteers live under the poverty level themselves, they understand the need for warm bedding and clothing for the children and their families.  Hours of selfless dedicated service results in snuggled warm healthier babies and families around the nation.  However, these volunteers are not in a position to purchase the supplies needed.  That’s where our sweet earth angel comes in.

This precious lady has been carefully and thoughtfully sending what is needed, right in the nick of time, for quite a while now.  There is a special place in heaven for her as she has gone over and above in caring for others with her generous donations of essentials for our volunteers to work with.  Machines, fabric, thread…….these are just a few of the items she has donated.

She wishes to remain anonymous, and we are careful to respect our volunteers wishes.  We would like to thank her publicly for all she has done, and is doing, for our precious and most helpless of God’s children and their families.  She is in our hearts and prayers daily as we work with what she has provided.

Many children in Shriners Childrens Hospital, other hospitals, and recipients through crisis center outreaches, as well as individual families have been blessed because of her actions.

May we all be more like her – aware of the needs of others, and willing to step up and help when help is needed.  May God walk with her and bless her every day of her life!  A huge thank you to her from all of us at Relief Share ;-)

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What do we make with the supplies provided to us?  Quilts, diaper covers, booties, onesies, sleepers, receiving blankets, cocoons, swaddling cloths, mama cloths, x ray garments for the hospital, hospital gowns, soft toys, diaper bags, totes, dresses, pants, afghans, hats, layette sets, sweaters and a lot more.  Some of our Relief Share board of directors  have expertise in knitting, sewing, crocheting, serging, embroidery, pattern design and are more than willing to offer their services in whatever capacity is needed at the time to take care of God’s sick and needy.

If you would like to donate items (new and gently used items are gratefully accepted), please send them to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225.  All donations are tax deductible as we are a 501 (c) 3 charity registered with the IRS. A thank you letter and tax receipt is sent for every donation so be sure to include your name and address :-)

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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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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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Debra Cox

Debra Cox

Let us introduce you to a very special leader-servant.  Her name is Debra Cox and she is very much in tune with the Holy Spirit. She has been answering prayers for many years, along with her husband Ray.  In her community, babies have blankets, sleepers, soft toys, special needs filled and given love from a stranger they may never meet that loves them so much she will sacrifice even her health to provide essentials for them through local hospital and organizations.

I first met Debra years ago.  Such a wonderful lady, and so kind. When told about the how the sick and needy babies in her area were suffering from the lack of essentials, her response was “Yea, Lord, I am here – send me!”  She jumped right in and gathered volunteers around her to help.  Most of the work she did herself, and she is very much loved by all of us.

Debra paid a very high price – her sacrifice and efforts over the years has claimed her health.  Today she had surgery for cancer and while some of it was removed, she has weeks of chemotherapy to rid her body of the thousands of nodules that remain.  She is no longer able to do all the compassionate service work she has done in the past, but her husband told us today that as soon as she is able, she has already targeted another area of need to address when she gets her feet under her.  What a lady, what an angel, and what a fine example of being Christ-like she has set for all of us.

We know God is carefully watching over her with love and compassion and our prayers are with her.  What we are calling for today, is not fabric, baby clothing, sewing supplies or hygiene supplies – though we do need those – what we need the most today are prayer for our beloved Debra, and for her comfort and peace while she goes through this earthly trial.

Soft hugs, Debra – we love you!!!!

President Carol Green
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483
www.ReliefShare.org
info@ReliefShare.org

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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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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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Note from Relief Share President Carol Green:  This is a reposted blog my daughter wrote on http://activerain.com/blogs/uscybertek  It is so appropriate for the charity work we love to do.  I thought we would all enjoy it ;-)
Angel

There is a song that I love that goes like this:

Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.


Has anyone’s burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?

I felt the need to reflect on my actions of the day. Had I helped someone? Had I helped to fill the needs of someone that could not help themselves? Had I made life better for those around me?

It does not need to be something huge, or some grand gesture to let the world know how good and wonderful you are, that defeats the purpose. Charity and honest affection for your fellow human beings is not about who can make the biggest splash and get noticed the most by doing good deeds. It is about the quiet moments of kindness and simple, unacknowledged goodness that make a life better because it was touched by them.

It’s about lifting those around you when they are too weary to take another step, be it physical or emotional. It’s about taking a moment to talk to that kid at the pool that drives everyone crazy by asking a million questions. . . . probably because he’s lonely. Or about smiling at the massive, scary, tattooed biker guy in the gas station aisle even though your knees turn to jelly. . . . because maybe he’s having a rough day and could use a friendly smile. (Yes, big, scary biker dudes have bad days too!) Or maybe it’s paying for the car behind you at the drive through at Arby’s, or dropping off some school supplies at a local charity.

It’s does not really matter what you do, so long as you just do it. And sorry, but this is not a “it’s the thought that counts” type of deal.

Actions speak volumes louder than words. What do your actions say about you?


Phly Jambor
U.S. Cybertek, Inc.
www.uscybertek.com

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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
info@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
info@Relief Share.org

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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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Published on: Jun 28, 2010

Oh my, you know that huge cheering you hear? Well, that is all our volunteers here at Relief Share celebrating our huge quilt drive for Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis. A little over a year ago they requested 240 twin size quilts for the patients beds in the hospital.  Our volunteers have patchworked and sewn quilts for a year – the quilts took over our waking moments and even started showing up in our dreams as we slept!  We adore the sweet children who are being cared for at Shriners and love the wonderful nurses, doctors and personnel who give their time, effort and expertise to make each and every child’s experience at Shriners Childrens Hospital a positive experience.

Shriners Quilts

We delivered the first quilts on 4/30/2009 and the last quilts were mailed today.  We would like to thank everyone who made this large product such a wonderful success. Lucky Dollar Store in Licking gave Relief Share discounted pricing on all the fabric and batting purchased, a donation of yarn for tying the quilts came from the closeout of a knitting shop through E. Warner, Houston, MO, Grandmother’s Attic and USCybertek owned by Carol & Richard Green, RS Founders donated a great deal of the fabric, batting, sewing thread, gas and money for deliveries, T. Lund and J Stice made many of the quilts that were donated, T. Lund donated a great deal of the batting for the quilts and also some of the fabric, A. Mooney finished the edges of many of the quilts and donated a Mickey Mouse baby quilt that was sold on Ebay along with books to raise funds for supplies for the quilts.  A wonderful quilting shop in Licking, MO donated the time to machine quilt many of the quilts, and other quilting shops and guilds were also involved in helping.  A sweet lady who wishes to remain anonymous donated the machines we needed to get the job done!  There were so many people from all walks of life, economic situations and beliefs that came together to join in love to help the sick and needy.

Most of all, we would like to thank Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis for allowing to bless the children’s lives in this way.  All the volunteers in the world couldn’t make a difference if there was no one willing to accept our donations. Providing us an opportunity to help others is a wonderful gift that we deeply appreciate.

Motivation to help is found in each one of us.  There are many reasons to get involved in charity work and we would like so share with you why we were (and still are) highly motivated with deep gratitude to assist Shriners in their work for the world’s sick and needy children.

A picture can say a thousand words, 2 pictures are even better.   As Founders of Relief Share, we have experiences in our own lives that helps us be more compassionate and understanding about others and how to help the sick and needy.

This is our precious granddaughter – she had a health care practioner dislocate her hip in a well baby checkup at 3 months old.  We rushed her to a specialist and they took ultrasounds that showed that the doctor had indeed put her joint out of socket but it appeared to be back in.  She got to be 18 months old and couldn’t walk – she would take a few steps and fall, so we took her back to the specialist who immediately called Shriners.

Until then we had no idea what Shriners did, only that they were the men in the funny hats in parades and occasionally had a monkey with them!  After a number of surgeries and many body casts to correct the problem in her hip that now affected her entire life – we are overwhelmed with gratitude when we tell you that no only is she walking – she is running and doing very well.  Her walk is not perfect, but she can now lead a normal life and walk and run like God intended her to do.

See for yourself…… Embry Claire, born perfect in every way – a bright life ahead of her. April 2006

Embry Claire - born perfect in every way and in good health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Embry at her first stay in Shriners – the doctor did traction for two and a half weeks first and then surgery. Yes, she is supposed to be lying down with her feet elevated for traction but she was pretty good at sitting herself up when we looked away *grin*

Embry Claire in Shriners in traction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first surgery was on her affected hip alone.  Sadly, more surgery was needed to help her be able to walk.

Embry in her cast after surgery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grandpa and Grandma flew Embry Claire up to St Louis for her surgeries.  You can see the donations we took up from Relief Share on the ground in the clear bags each time we went.  Her Mommy is stepping down out of the plane after unloading the delivery bags.

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Embry Claire loves to fly, she wasn’t so thrilled when she figured out that surgeries were on the other end, but flying was a super treat for her.

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Embry Claire watches another patient play a game in the red room at Shriners.  The surgery this time was on both hips and she can’t sit up with her body cast on.  We pulled her around in a little red wagon for a long time until the body cast came off.

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Embry Claire using her walker.  Her hips ache but she is such a little trooper and she sticks with it.  I am so proud of her and stay right there with her.

embry claire walker

THANK YOU SHRINERS AND DR SHOENECKER!  Look at her go! Embry Claire loves the beach! She is RUNNING!

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- look at her now ;-) She has grown from that tiny baby and is now a beautiful little girl – walking on her own.

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We would love to hear from you what YOUR motivation is for helping others.  Is it gratitude, a need to share, love for others, all of those and more?  Email us or reply to this blog ;-)

President Carol Green
Embry Claire’s happy and grateful grandmother.

info@ReliefShare.org

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What a wonderful time we had getting a large donation ready for our friends at Newborns in Need (charity for sick and needy preemie babies) in Springfield, MO. The chapter is located across the road from Bass Pro and we encourage everyone in the area to get involved and help them address the needs of the children in their community.  Contact information for Judy’s chapter can be found at www.newbornsinneed.org

We were happy to share with them a serger that had been donated by a lovely lady who cares very deeply about the sick and needy.  We also donated 259 baby hats, 27 hat/bootie sets, 8 booties, 14 baby shirts, 30 pounds of red and blue material that has lots of spandex so it can be made into baby carriers for kangarooing, 145 large spools of machine knitting yarn, a play center with a tent and tunnels for children to play in, receiving blankets, stockings/socks/shoes, shorts, mittens, coats, purses, toys, fabric yardage, a box of sewing supplies such as snaps, ribbon, pins, etc, panties, dolls, pillows, pillow cases, bassinette and crib sheets, burial momento satin hearts and bracelets, burial layette sets, burial gowns, afghans, quilt pieces, diaper, washcloths, leggings, scissor pins, bags, dresses, blankets, clothing, pants, outfits, books, baby bottle lids, crochet hook, bibs, gowns, polar fleece kitty blankets, and more….

We are thrilled to be able to assist with the compassionate service  efforts of the wonderful folks at Newborns in Need and encourage everyone else to do the same.

We also just sent a large box of minky fabric to the West Virginia chapter for President Debra Cox.  She is a wonderful lady who is very helpful and giving and deserves support from her area.  If you live in West Virginia, you’ll love working with Debra to help the area’s sick and needy babies.

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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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There are so many volunteers all across America that work so hard to care for babies and children in families that are struggling. We hear about the relief efforts overseas or in other countries as that is what the news tends to report on, but we have marvelous people in every town, city and area that give unselfish service right in their own communities – many of them here in Relief Share.

We loved it when the movie – Pay It Forward – came out.  We love the concept of simply trying to do what we can, large or small, right were we are.

Our thanks go out to all the unnoticed and unmentioned angels of God who do what they can, when they can, with whatever they have to do it with, right where they are.  It’s all of us working together to make the world a better place that creates the synergistic miracle of love and hope.

Love in Action

If you have ever looked into the eyes of a child who has just been fed and given a warm blanket and toy after spending a frightening time in a strange place, in less than acceptable circumstances, and see the light of hope and love come washing over their face then felt little arms wrap themselves around you – you will know that every effort you make is very much worth it.

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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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Relief Share received boxes this week with sewing machines for our volunteers to use to make the twin size quilts needed for the hospitals. We have a very special sewing angel who loves to keep us supplied with machines, material and other essentials so we can move forward quickly when requests come in! May God bless all who hear His call to help the less fortunate and sick.

The Piney Quilt Guild donated 3 quilts to be given to Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis to be used on patients beds – they are exquisite and will comfort and warm many sick children who have undergone surgery.

A donation of baby bibs that are lovingly made have been recieved and immediately donated out to babies that need them. They are wonderfully made and very much appreciated.

Donations of warm bedclothes and blankets have been donated out to a family in need who suffers from the cold. Food has also been given out this week to a needy family. Blankets, clothing and essential items are given out regularly to those in crisis or ill health. Thank you to all the wonderful donors and volunteers that make miracles happen and answers to prayers a reality.

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Relief Share been very blessed this year with donations of sewing machines and sergers for our charity to make the essential items needed for the hospital and other places we donate to. Our very special sewing angel donor has been going above and beyond as God’s special angel making sure our volunteers have machines and supplies to work with.

Relief Share is a 501(c ) 3 charity so anyone who wants a tax deductible receipt for what they send just needs to put their name and address in the box and we will get a thank you letter with tax paper sent right out.

What is needed:
- QUILTING fabric for the twin size quilts for Shriners Childrens Hospital. Kids print is wonderful, solid colors and patterns off all kinds is super – we patchwork all the fabric together to make interesting and warm quilts. These quilts stay on the beds at the hospital for patients.
- BATTING for the quilts – they are twin size. We have 64 twin size quilts left to go out of the 240 requested.
- PUL fabric for diaper covers for children in body casts. PUL is a laminated fabric that you can learn more about at www.wahmsupply.com
- Thread – all colors all kinds – we go through this like water.
- YARN – our volunteers use every little scrap. If you have been working on projects and have snips and tails left – we’d love these along with balls of yarn you may not need anymore. The fun yarn, like eyelash, feather or chenille is great to mix in with acrylic, wool or any kind or color. The scrap afghans are a huge favorite of the children in hospital.
- Binding – for the bibs we do for the babies and terry for the backs, cotton for the fronts. We have children who have hyperemesis and go through a ton of bibs each day.
- PLASTIC SNAPS for the snap machine. You can see what we need at www.kamsnaps.com – we use size 20. Colors are great, white is wonderful, too.
- PATTERNS – for crochet, knitting and sewing. Our volunteers love the crafting patterns – tote bags, baby items, clothing of all kinds, baby clothing.

As you can see, most of what we are asking for is craft and sewing type items. We do have a need for items for the office. Things like post it notes, toilet paper, clear box tape, and mostly stamps for postage are very much needed as there just isn’t any extra money going around to buy them. We bring what we can from home, but I have cleaned out the last of my office supplies and paper to take. We have donated space for the office so don’t have to pay rent or electricity but things like toilet paper and paper towels are really very much appreciated LOL ;-)

Please send donations to:
Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

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Relief Share
700 Hwy 17 N
Houston, MO 65483

1-417-967-2011 – please call or email info@ReliefShare.org with questions, comments, suggestions or offers to help. We appreciate all of the wonderful people who reach out to others in need. May God bless you.

Carol Green
President
www.ReliefShare.org

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Our wonderful volunteers have been creating gorgeous baby items for the sick and needy in hospitals around the country. Beautiful preemie flannel blankets with lovely crocheted edges – nine of them, were donated to TCMH Houston, MO hospital. Also donated were 3 gorgeous afghans and a beautiful double polar fleece pink blanket with hearts and fringes.

A large box of handmade crocheted granny square afghans for babies were received from a donor who has been using her talents to bless the tiniest of God’s children for nearly two decades. These afghans were donated out to crisis centers and medical centers in 7 counties of southern Missouri.

Fabric has been received to be made into diaper covers, twin size quilts, baby items, children’s slippers and blankets.

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Our volunteers have been busy as little bees. We have just made and donated THIRTY patchwork twin size quilts for Shriners Childrens Hospital for use on their patients beds and for cuddling the children after surgery. We now have another 68 quilts to go to make our 240 goal that was requested!

All the fabric, batting, thread, yarn and machines needed were dedicated and consecrated for the benefit of the sick and needy. Nothing is wasted, each piece of fabric is sewed into place with love and concern for the little ones who are getting needed treatment at the hospital.

Many of the children are missing limbs, some can’t walk, some have halos, others needs spinal surgery and ALL are very much loved and well cared for at the hospital. We feel blessed to have the opportunity to bless the lives of the children by creating our quilts made by happy volunteers and loving hands.

If you would like to be included in this wonderful project – feel free to contact us at info@ReliefShare.org

Busy righteous hands belong to happy people! Join us!

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That’s a question we hear almost every day.  Are you ready?  There are a variety of events that we can all be ready for depending on our situation, age and family.  We may need to be ready for school, work, church, shopping, or the holidays.  Most of what we do we can do on auto pilot because of our experiences in the past.

The kind of ‘are you ready’ that I am going to discuss is the kind of events you may wish would never happen to you, your family or your friends and neighbors.  Some of the events that you may not be ready for can be described in one word and the whole world will know what you are talking about.  Haiti.  Obama.  H1N1.  Taxes.  Flooding.  You know what I mean.  Unforeseen events that require preparation or survival may be at question.

Lets discuss a few of the ones mentioned in the above paragraph one at a time.

Haiti – Instant hell for an entire nation throwing world orders into action to help the sick and needy.  Many sources for donations at home are immediately drained off out of the US as the squeaky wheel gets the grease and the media is making sure that Haiti is the squeaky wheel right now.  Charities that usually had resources to calm the cries of cold hungry children here in the states no longer provide necessary bedding, clothes and food at the level they used to simply because donations are down, having been sent overseas or just not available due to the rotten economy – which brings us to another event, or rather person.

Obama – because of the decisions made by the Obama administration, every man, woman and child is in debt to the tune of $100,000.00 – that is one hundred thousand dollars – not chump change – and more announcements of further excessive spending by the same folks are surfacing daily.  I am not discussing whether anyone likes it or not, or even whether they like our current administration, I am simply stating a solemn fact that the US is heavily in debt and not likely to get out for generations, if ever.  If you are counting on the US for welfare, social security or any form of free handout – just know that it may be dubious as to whether governmental help will be there when you need it.

H1N1 – sickness can strip even an able bodied man or woman of the ability to provide basic essentials for themselves or their families.  Illness knows no boundaries, creeds, or race.  It can strike when least expected and leave devastation and misery in it’s wake.

So – what can you do? Can you do anything? Are you a victim or is there a way to safeguard yourself and your loved ones in times of crisis?

The answer is in the Bible.  “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.”

You may ask.. What kind of preparation?  How do I  get started?  What do I do?  How much does it cost?

The good news – there are many entities, charities, churches, and resources to help you be more self reliant.  You see, that’s the key – being able to rely on yourself for relief and assistance, and then extending help to family, friends and neighbors.   After you are secure and stabilized, then you reach out even further to others who need help.

Natural disasters, national leadership out of control (not just the current administration, it’s been going on for quite some time), sickness, death, loss of jobs, breakdown of the family and the disintegrating moral standards of those around us all impact our lives.

Here are some suggestions on how to insulate yourself, as much as possible, from negative aspects of events.

I.  Be aware.  Read the news, check the weather and be involved in your community so nasty surprises are kept to a minimum.

2.  Get out of debt.  Cut up those credit cards, use bank debit cards instead or paypal where when the funds are gone, they are gone and you can’t dip into someone else’s pocket at a terrible rate of up to 30%.  Know the difference between wants and needs.  You can get along with a lot less than you think you can.  Use ebay, craigslist, your local flea market or farmers market to sell what you don’t need that is cluttering up your life.  If it means walking to work instead of driving, taking a sack lunch instead of eating out, mending your clothes instead of buying the latest trends, then do it. If you can’t meet your mortgage, talk to the lender NOW before things get out of control to see if you can refinance at at lower rate or if there are other options available.  There are debt management companies  – legitimate ones – who are ready, willing and able to help you pay off your credit cards.  Don’t wait – mail this guy david@debtguru.com

David Gibbons, Credit Counselor
American Credit Foundation
www.debtguru.com

800-259-0601
7720 S. 700 E.
Midvale, UT 84047

Nope, I don’t get a kickback or am related to anyone that works there, I just am more than happy to share with others how to lighten the load. There are no gimmicks or high fees and it’s easy.

I will be posting more on provident living later on our Relief Share blog.  Helping folks to be self sufficient reduces our workload and strengthens America.  Once you are on your feet, then we hope you will join us in helping others who are walking the same path that we have walked.

3.  Illness is devastating.  Some illnesses are long term and coping mechanisms need to be set in place.   However, other illnesses have immediate onset and no warning may mean little or no preparation for some folks, such as having 6 months worth of income in the bank should employment be discontinued or disrupted due to illness.   Preventative measures can circumvent a lot of the loss and pain accompanying  illness.  Good quality vitamins can build your immune system so you stand less of a chance of getting sick in the first place.  The vitamins we recommend and take ourselves are by Pharmanex These vitamins are nutritionally formulated to nourish and protect cells, tissues, and organs in the body.  We also take Reishi for immune boosting.  You can read about the ‘miracle mushroom’ at www.reishi.com

When you do find yourself dealing with illness, don’t hesitate to talk to your caregiver, hospital, Bishop or family for help.  Note that emotionally sustaining the sick and needy is just as important as providing warm blankets or essential items through the hospital, such as gowns or slippers or turbans for women who have lost their hair through cancer.

There are a number of wonderful resources to offer more advice, and we strongly recommend you get yourself a cuppa, pen and paper and check them out.

Our self reliance top picks are free :

http://www.ready.gov  – prepare. plan. stay informed.

http://www.fema.gov/areyouready – an in depth guide to preparedness

http://www.providentliving.org – self reliance and resources

http://emergencyemail.org – have severe weather reports for your area sent daily to your email, etc.

If you have other links or information to share regarding self reliance, please feel free to respond to this article in our blog.  It takes everyone working together to make life a better place for all.

If you are able, and have the desire to assist others, please consider sending a donation to: Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483. All donations are tax deductible and acknowledged with a thank you letter. Donations of funds, new and used clothing and bedding, baby items, toys, books, fabric and sewing, knitting or crafting supplies, and essential items are gratefully accepted and donated out to those who need your gift of love the most.

If you have a question regarding a donation, and some folks have unusual donations they would like to make, please feel free to email us at info@ReliefShare.org  – come join us in making America a happier and better place to life.

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We’ve been so busy sewing up a storm that we haven’t posted to the blog for a while. Here is our report card:
- 19 twin size quilts for Shriners Hospital patients beds
- large donation of baby clothing, bedding and accessories for baby boy
- donation of warm winter clothing to needy
- food for toddlers through a church
- donation of bottles and nipples for new baby
- donation of nursing pillows and covers to hospital
- lace and sewing supplies to needy family
- donation of supplies to needy family – mailed out
- reading materials to shut in sick patients

Our work meeting is tomorrow and we are working on hospital gowns for a local hospital as well as mama pads and aprons for the hospital.

Donations in have been wonderful, just in the nick of time – exactly what was needed shows up. May God bless those who hear his voice and answer our cry for help so we can take care of the needs of the sick and less fortunate.

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When donating to the hospitals, crisis centers or homeless shelters, storing quilts can take up quite a bit of space and make a mess for the staff as quilts are pulled out for use.  Donating “quilts in a pillow” helps with storage and also provides a more useful multi use item.

The fastest way to make a’quilt in a pillow” is to first make a ‘pillowcase’ quilt.  Lay the front and back of the quilt down with the right sides together.  Put the batting on top of the front and back and cut all three layers together the same size.

Sew a 1/2 ” seam around all the edges, leaving a large enough opening in the center of one side to turn the quilt.  Turn and either sew closed by hand, or sew closed by machine.  Topstitch 1/4″ all around the edge to secure.  Tie, hand quilt or machine quilt the quilt.  If tying make sure that ties are at least 4″ apart or less for stability of the quilt. Double tie the knots.  Please do not just take a stitch and then another one in the same spot and keep going.  Quilts that are tied this way without making a knot come undone in hospital laundry. Make sure you tie a square knot using thread or yarn that does not slip.  Embroidery thread is not a good choice because it tends to work it’s way loose through wear.

Make a square mini quilt the same way you just made the quilt (omitting the tying or quilting)  that is approx. just larger than  1/3 the size of the narrowest width of the quilt. For example: if your quilt was 45″ x 72″, then make your mini quilt 18″ square. The mini quilt makes the pocket.

Lay the larger quilt down with one shorter side next to you like you are standing at the end of a bed.   Place the mini quilt on the edge of the short side nearest you and center it on the edge.  Sew down three sides, leaving the side open that faces the center of the quilt, making a pocket.  Reinforce the ends of your stitching so the pocket will not come unsewn from the quilt.

To make the quilt into a pillow, lay the quilt with the pocket side down .  Fold the quilt into thirds longways, overlapping long edge.  Turn the pocket over the end of the quilt.  Fold the remaining quilt into thirds and continue folding into the pocket forming a pillow.

Voila! Done ;-)   You can embroider a cute teddy bear face or heart on the front of the pocket if you want to make it fun for a child or adult.

Note – regarding quilt sizes: Baby quilts can be 36″ x 36″, 36″ x 45″ or 45″ x 60″.  Larger quilts can be 45″ x 60″ or larger, depending if it is going to be used for a child or adult, partial coverage such as a wheelchair quilt or full coverage for a bed.  The bottom line is pretty much any size is welcomed to keep the sick and needy comfortable and warm.  Twin size quilts are the most urgent size needed right now – approx 70″ x 90″.  You can make the quilts all the way up to 120 x 120 if you like, be creative and have fun making your donation of love for the sick and/or needy.  Feel free to sign the quilt and ask your church group or quilting group if they would like to get involved.

We love to receive volunteers items lovingly sewn for the sick and needy to distribute where the need is the greatest.  If you would like to donate quilts in a pillow or supplies to make them to Relief Share, please send donations to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd., Houston, MO 65483-2225.  All donations are gratefully accepted and acknowledged with a tax deductible receipt and thank you letter.

Patterns and ideas are happily accepted to share with others on our Relief Share website, blog and at work meetings.  Please send submissions to info@ReliefShare.org   Upon receipt, all submissions will be considered public domain for distribution for charitable purposes and will not be returned so if it’s your favorite pattern, please make sure you have a copy, too.  Thank you ;-)

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My daughter made a hat for my son and it was a gorgeous knitted hat. I looked at it and thought I could make it warmer by adding an insert. I measured his head and added 1 ” then cut out a piece of microfleece that was 3″ by the length and sewed the short ends together to make a tube that I tried on his head to make sure it was the right length. Then I turned the tube so the seam was on the inside and whip stitched it inside the hat, catching the back of the knitting so it didn’t show on the outside.

When you whipstitch the tube, whipstitch the edge closest to the outer edge of the hat first, pulling the stitches as you go to make sure the hat has lots of stretch in it. Then whipstitch the other edge of the microfleece and Voila! You have a warm knitted hat with a nice cozy liner.

This works great if your kids are allergic to wool, too.

I found pictures and instructions on the internet on this blog: http://www.craftstylish.com/item/33810/how-to-line-a-knit-or-crocheted-hat

If you would like to make warm knitted or crocheted hats and donate them to www.ReliefShare.org for the sick and needy families we assist, you might want to consider lining them with microfleece, fleece, knit fabric or even cotton fabric for warmth.

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It’s been a whirlwind of a month this December.  As the holidays approach and the weather gets colder, we tune up our sewing machines and sergers and move it!  The donations have been flying in and out faster than Santa’s elves!

Twin size quilts have been made and donated to Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis, Missouri for the patients beds.

Donations of nursing pillows and covers were sewn and donated to Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, MO.

A large donation of baby items was delivered to a new Mom in hospital for a beautiful new baby boy in Houston, MO.

A donation of baby beds were donated to a family in Wyoming.

A donation of cone yarn was accepted from E Warner for volunteers to knit up into warm snuggly afghans and clothing for the sick and needy.

A large donation of yarn was given to Newborns in Need, Ozarks Chapter along with other hand made and knitted items for their distribution over southern Missouri.

A Christmas donation of stockings and baby clothing and items was donated to a small town hospital in Missouri.

Donations of food, clothing and bedding were donated throughout Texas County in Missouri to needy families.

A donation of toys and food was delivered to a local church in southern Missouri.

A large donation of household goods was donated anonymously and immediately used where it was needed the most.

There are a number of other donations in and out that occured during the month of December, including donations of sewing supplies, fabrics, yarn, craft supplies and other goods that are needed by our volunteers to create the items requested by donors.

May 2010 be a wonderful one, filled with love and caring for our fellow man.  You can get involved with making the world a better place for those who are struggling.  Relief Share accepts any kind of donation – monetary, volunteer or goods.  Goods that are gently used, irregulars, returns from store purchases, new, or otherwise clean and usable are gratefully accepted.  We do have a flea market booth for items that are not generally requested as donations but can be sold to purchase items that are needed – for example – a china cat brought $5 in the flea market, and that allowed us to purchase 5 yards of flannel on sale and make 5 baby receiving blankets that were donated to the NICU unit at the hospital.

We make every donation count.  Your donations are treated with care and respect and every single item or penny is put to good use.  A donation of gift boxes was perfect for us to put our handknit baby layette sets in for the hospital.  Now the nurses can quickly and easily see if the layettes or boy or girl and what size as the information is written on the end of the boxes and stacked neatly for quick access.

Address to send donations to:

Relief Share

6078 Lundy Rd

Houston, MO 65483-2225

All donations are tax deductible as we are a 501 (c) 3 charity registered with the IRS.

May God bless you all for your compassionate service and donations for others.

Carol C Green

Relief Share President.

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Twin Size Quilts for Shriners Childrens Hospital
Delivery Person Date Number of Quilts Running Total Goal Needed Still Needing
Carol Green 4/30/2009 3 3 240 237
Carol Green 5/12/2009 4 7 233
Jan Stice 6/13/2009 7 14 226
Carol Green 6/17/2009 10 24 216
Nadine Colvin 6/24/2009 10 34 206
Carol & Richard 7/10/2009 24 58 182
Nadine Colvin 8/13/2009 14 72 168
Mailed from RS Office 9/17/2009 10 82 158
Mailed from RS Office 10/20/2009 14 96 144
Nadine Colvin 11/10/2009 18 114 126
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Relief Share has been very blessed with donations to help the sick and/or needy families we serve. Donations of baby and toddler clothing, shoes, diaper bags, quilts, blankets, sheets, and toys came in and very quickly were donated out to where they were needed the most.

A generous donation of books from Alma Mooney of Licking was received as a fundraiser to raise money needed to purchase flannel for the backing of the Relief Share Quilts for Kids project.

Donations out include helping a family with a young child and another on the way with nursing pillow covers, household goods, food, baby clothing and bedding, essential supplies, toys, and other needed items. Newborns in Need Ozarks Chapter was the recipient of a large donation of cone yarn, baby clothing, bedding, fabric and diaper bags.

Donations of clothing to area residents in need of warmer seasonal clothing and food was also given out.

Wonder what you can help with? Here is a handy urgent needs list that you can print out and take with you when you do your shopping. Just get one or two extra items and send them to:
Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225
All donations are tax deductible.

Urgent Needs List:

Basic food item suggestions – Sugar, flour, salt, pepper, oil, cereal, tinned food such as beans, vegetables, fruit, soup, etc. Baby food, formula, crackers, tuna, etc. Many of the families we serve are very grateful for the food given them. A package of animal crackers, macaroni and cheese or juice boxes can make the world of difference to a hungry child. A Wal Mart gift card is also a great donation item as volunteers in our Relief Share office are happy to take the list of what is needed and purchase food and personal items, like toilet paper and shampoo and deliver it to the needy family – this also saves on shipping cost to us.

Clothing – clean gently used clothing or new. Socks, pants, tops, coats, shoes, undergarments, hats, mittens, etc. Accessories like purses or wallets, belts and backpacks are very gratefully accepted by recipients.

Bedding – home made, clean gently used or new. sheets, blankets, baby blankets, receiving blankets, pillows, pillow cases, crib sets, afghans.

Personal hygiene items – shampoo, conditioner, soap, razors, deodorant, moisturizer, lotion, wet wipes, baby oil, baby diaper cream, baby powder, etc.

Books, toys, movies, games, and furniture is also welcome. Christmas is coming and many of the families we care for have little or nothing for the holiday. Full size filled stockings are a huge blessing at the Christmas season. We donate the stockings, when available, to foster homes, hospitals, medical centers, crisis centers, homeless shelters and area churches who care for the sick and needy. A doll or book can make a wonderful difference in a little one’s holiday season. A mother struggling to care for her family with no partner for support is grateful for a soft warm scarf from a donor to show her someone cares for her.

You can make Christmas brighter and more blessed by showing your love to a stranger who has need of your care.

Here are some ideas for you to consider making items to donate:
Sewing – quilts, baby clothing, bedding, blankets, tote bags, diaper bags, toys, dresses, diapers
Quilting – baby quilts, twin size quilts, toys, Christmas ornaments, tree skirts, wall hangings, totes
Knitting – hats, sweaters, mittens, socks, pants, tops, blankets, afghans, toys
Crochet – afghans, blankets, hats, dish cloths, toys, clothing, sweaters, mittens
Tat – handkerchiefs, bonnets, doilies , lace trim for baby gowns
Embroider – blankets, hats, clothing, toys

If you have questions or would like to talk with representatives from Relief Share – please feel free to email info@ReliefShare.org or call 417-967-3340 and ask for Stephanie or Carol. Please note: all Relief Share workers are volunteers – no one is paid – this is a work of the heart in Christ’s name giving relief through sharing to God’s children. We are his hands and feet showing mercy to the less fortunate – join us and make a difference today.

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Bev Flowers donates two beautiful quilts to Relief Share

Bev Flowers donates two beautiful quilts to Relief Share

Relief Share, a non profit charity for the sick and needy, received 2 twin size quilts from Bev Flowers (shown in picture attached) representing the UMC Holy Tearers Quilt Group and the Piney River Quilting Guild. The donation was presented to Director Stephanie Little at the local Relief Share office in Houston, Missouri on Oct 19, 2009.

These quilts are a part of a large project being undertaken by Relief Share to fill the need for bedding for the children hospitalized at Shriners Childrens Hospital in St Louis, Missouri. Many children have been cared for by Shriners Hospital in St Louis at no cost. Since April 30, 2009, Relief Share has donated 99 of the 240 quilts requested by the hospital, 141 twin size quilts are still needed.

Richard and Carol Green, founders of Relief Share, have provided most of the many yards of fabric needed for the quilts, purchased from the Lucky Dollar store in Licking, Missouri at a discount given by business owners to help with the charitable efforts of the community. Two local sisters, who wish to remain anonymous, have purchased and donated most of the batting and spend hundreds of hours sewing and tying many of the quilts. Volunteers combine efforts to create the warm quilts for the sick and needy children being treated at Shriners Childrens Hospital.

All donations are much appreciated and put to immediate use. To donate to the “Relief Share Quilts for Kids” project, visit www.ReliefShare.org or call 417-967-3340 for more information. Fabric, batting and flannel backing are needed as well as those who would like to help sew the quilts together and either tie or quilt them. A total of 141 twin size quilts are still needed.

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Today I am busy sewing diaper covers for children who will be getting surgery and a full body cast this month and need the diaper covers.  Diaper covers keep the diapers in place and stop the children from pulling away the diapers and digging at the stitches.  It helps with healing. The diaper covers are made with a special waterproof material called PUL that can be purchased from www.wahmsupply.com and we also need fun children’s print for the outside of the diaper covers.

If you want to donate something that is very much needed and important for us to have, please consider donating PUL material – any color.

Clean out your sewing closet for a good cause:

Donations needed:

Sewing supplies – needles, scissors, thread, notions, seam rippers, inferfacing – all weights.
Quilting Supplies – olfa cutters, rulers, templates, stencils, books, patterns, pattern weights
Embroidery Supplies – for both machine embroidery and hand embroidery – thread, patterns, CD’s with embroidery designs – we can use all types, stabilizer – tear away, wash away, sticky peel off, sew in.
Fabric – all kinds, what we use the most is kids print for hospital gowns, clothing and quilts, PUL waterproof fabric, cotton, knits, woven  – any color, any kind, any size.
Tatting Supplies – shuttles, needles,  books, thread, yarn, patterns, finished products as well
Machines – Sewing, serging, smocking pleater, knitting machines, binder, snap press and snaps, quilting

All donations receive a thank you letter and a tax deductible receipt.  If you wish to talk about a donation to us first, please feel free to call 417-967-3340 (My business office – to leave a message to have me call) or 417-967-2589 (my home office number). Email is usually best as I can read your information and reply ;-)

Carol Green
info@ReliefShare.org

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A huge thank you to Michelle of The Sewing Room who donated 20 quilts to Relief Share for the sick and needy. Michelle owns a quilting shop and does beautiful machine quilting for her clients. She had a shop in town and has recently moved to Hogan Rd in Houston, MO.   If you have any quilting needs, please contact her at 417-967-1609.  ;-)

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One of the items that we make at Relief Share is burial layettes for children who have passed away and only need one last gown and blanket to be snuggled in.

When someone is willing to make these burial layettes for the hospital, we donate out satin gowns to be cut up and used for the burial layette.  Out of one wedding dress we can get 20 gowns!

We just happened to have 2 dresses made of satin and lace with beading that were donated by a store who couldn’t sell them because someone had spilled something on them.  There has been no time lately to make them up into burial layettes but we weren’t concerned because we didn’t have any recent requests for them.

A lady from another charity asked for supplies to make burial layettes with so we donated the gowns out to her to use ;-)

If you have a beautiful wedding or bridesmaid gown that you are no longer using, please consider sending it to us to be used to make burial layettes.  Many a grieving parent have expressed their gratitude for the beautiful layettes we provide in their time of need.  You can help make it happen.

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WOW – we’ve been so busy that we haven’t had time to post to our blog.  Here is our report card ;-)

DONATIONS OUT

- 14 twin size quilts were delivered to our volunteer to take to St Louis Shriners Hospital for Children next week.

- 34 xray shorts were mailed to the hospital

- baby clothing deliveries were made to two organizations – quilts, receiving blankets, toys, etc.

- 2 families received assistance with vital essentials

- donation mailed out to DE of sewing supplies

- donation mailed out to MM of lace, ribbon, and decals for memory boxes for infant death

- donation mailed out to MA of cross stitch projects

- donation mailed out to LP of beads for her project she is working on

- donation mailed out to MG of plastic canvas items for her project she is working on

- donation mailed out to KM of a baby quilt and baby blanket for her little baby girl

- donation given out to KL of baby items for her new baby boy

DONATIONS IN

- we took our sewing machine down to Gammill Sewing Center in West Plains, MO and the wonderful folks there helped us for free and even donated some sewing needles that we badly needed.  They also digitized the logo we were working on for one of the hospitals.  They are super folks and we strongly recommend them to anyone who wants quality machines and unexcelled customer service.  Just ask for Frank or Joe and tell them Carol from Relief Share sent you.

- Kimiko of Bingles, Bangles and Babies Nursery generously donated some of the proceeds of her auctions on Ebay to Relief Share.  We are very grateful for her continued support.  If you love baby dolls, you really need to check out Kimiko’s babies – she is a very talented artist.
Here is her contact information: 
Website:
http://www.freewebs.com/binglesbanglesandbabies/
Contact person(s): Kimiko Stallard
Email Address: binglesbanglesbabies@yahoo.com
They provide: reborn dolls, assorted other goods
Business Name: Bingles, Bangles and Babies
eBay Name: drifter1990

- we received a donation of wonderful embroidery patterns to be used on baby blankets and infant wear.

- Brian Jambor of US Cybertek is the designer of our wonderful blog.  We express gratitude for all the time he has taken to set it up for us so we can share with you!  He is an experienced professional that has been more than generous with his time and talents for us.  A good way to recognize him and thank him for his efforts on behalf of the sick and needy we serve is to visit his website and recommend his services to friends, family, acquaintances and office workers.

Click here to visit the Agent Success Website

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Jul
28

Donations out – tote bag

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totebagI just finished working on this tote bag for a wonderful lady who has cancer.  She has always given of herself when others needed her and now it’s her turn to be shown love.  She wanted a book bag that she could also put her craft projects into to take to doctor’s appointments.

This tote bag is a unique design that was made just for her.  The bag is lined and has fiberfill throughout to provide stability.  I used the snap press to put snaps on the ends so she could make the tote smaller or larger, depending on what she was carrying and there is also a key holder that snaps in one end.  I put a snap closure in the middle to hold things in.

The tote is trimmed in gold metallic bias binding and made from cotton quilters fabric.  I padded the handles for comfort and double stitched everything so it is durable.  It is a generous 25″ across.  A lot of things can fit in this bag so it could also double for an overnight bag if needed.

My daughter, Laura, chose the fabric as it is perfect for this sweet lady.  She loves the Lord and knows he will be with her throughout any and all trials she will experience.  We are including a book for her to read called “Everyday Miracles”.

I started the bag this afternoon and stayed up to finish it so we can ship it first thing tomorrow via priority post.  Her surgery is coming up ASAP and we want her to have the bag to not only use, but know she is loved and cared for.

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Click here to go to the ebay auction for this quilt.

This beautiful Mickey and Minnie Mouse patchwork quilt was created and donated by Alma of Missouri, a RS volunteer and presented to Relief Share (RS) to use for a fundraiser to bless the lives of sick and needy children.

This colorful Disney quilt has 9 patchwork squares starring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Each square has a different picture and is exquisitely machine embroidered in primary colors sure to delight children of all ages. The quilt is made of cotton and is sewn with skill to be not only cuddly and cute, but durable. This quilt is backed with genuine Mickey Mouse Disney fabric with Mickey in cute poses.
The quilt measures 42″ x 46″. You’ll love the attention to detail, the edge is hand stitched down for heirloom quality.

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Jul
14

Donations out – baby clothing

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We have been very busy sending boxes of baby clothing out.  The sizes of clothing sent to families ranged from newborn to 18 months for baby boys and girls – approximately 10 families have received care boxes.  They have expressed their gratitude and relief at receiving items that were needed.  The economy has made it difficult for mothers to provide essentials for their little ones, especially single mothers or first time mothers. We are grateful for the generous donations that came in to help.

If you have new or gently used clothing, bedding, toys, books, or other infant and children’s items that you would like to share, please send them to:

Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

You will recieve a thank you letter and tax deductible receipt for your donations.  Your items came make a huge difference in the lives of the sick and needy.

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We had so much fun getting this delivery ready – it was exhausting work but well worth it.  The donations were put to immediate use by the hospital for their sweet children who are patients.

Kate and Janet at the hospital were so nice and pleasant to visit with.

Kate and Janet at the hospital were so nice and pleasant to visit with.

The suburban was full all the way from the back of the front seats!

The suburban was full all the way from the back of the front seats!

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Goal 240 twin size quilts for Shriners Hospital for the patients beds – to snuggle the children in.  Donated so far 58, still needed 182.  YOUR help is needed. Quilts should be approx 72 x 90″.

If you would like to help – here is what is needed:

If you sew – twin size quilts that are approx 72 x 90” – machine quilted OR hand tied OR hand quilted – your choice.

If you want to clean out your closet for a good cause – thread, sewing supplies, fabric – all kinds but especially flannel and cotton, sewing tools – scissors, pins, rotary cutters, quilters rulers, machines, seam rippers, etc, batting, all kinds of yarn in all colors (our volunteers use the yarn, even scraps, to make afghans and to tie the quilts

If you don’t have the time to sew and no supplies to share – a donation to info@ReliefShare.org through Paypal is gratefully accepted and a tax deductible receipt and thank you letter is given for all donations.

All donations can be mailed to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225.  We’d love to talk with you at1-417-967-3340.

Emai is info@ReliefShare.org

A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers who worked hard on this donation.  Your help is much appreciated and needed.

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A big thank you to Richard Green for converting our hand snap press to a foot press.  It is quick and easy to use now, with no discomfort or pain in attaching snaps to our diaper covers and IV hospital gowns for the hospital.

The snaps are resin so the hospital is delighted as the gowns don’t have to be removed when the children are xrayed.  They also go through the hospital laundry just fine.

We are also thrilled that Friend Lumber in Licking, MO allowed us to purchase all the lumber needed for the snap press for only $6.38 because we are a charity.  Good people are everywhere!

Snap press conversion to foot press.

Snap press conversion to foot press.

Snap press to attach snaps to hospital gowns and diaper covers

Snap press to attach snaps to hospital gowns and diaper covers

We have already put the snaps on 15 hospitals gowns! This would have taken us a LOT longer without the press!  With the press converted to a foot press, there are no aching arms and backs!  Wonderful!

Embry Claire helping her Mommy put snaps on

Embry Claire helping her Mommy put snaps on

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Jul
08

Clayton’s quilt is finished!

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Alma finished Clayton's quilt

Alma finished Clayton's quilt

Using her embroidery machine, Alma put a message on the quilt ;-)

Using her embroidery machine, Alma put a message on the quilt ;-)

We will be taking this quilt to Shriners to give to Clayton, a sweet little boy who visits the hospital often for surgeries.  He is always charming and happy – such a good example for the rest of us.

Roxan sent St Louis Cardinal fleece for us to make a blanket for Clayton to go with his quilt.  He loves the St Louis Cardinals!

There has been a lot of love and joy go into this project! Thanks to everyone involved.

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Today is filled with tying twin size quilts, sewing diaper covers and working on hospital gowns. We had a lovely 4th of July party last night with friends and family, complete with fireworks and barbeque and hope everyone is having a safe and happy 4th with loved ones.

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Tying quilts for Shriners Hospital quilt project

Tying quilts for Shriners Hospital quilt project

Tying twin size quilts for Shriners Hospital

Time for an update on our charity quilt project. Relief Sharecharity is a 501 (c ) 3 non profit registered with the IRS.

Our current main project is making 240 twin size quilts for Shriners Hospital in St Louis for children who undergo surgery to help them walk and move properly and have other skeletal problems.

So far we have made and donated approx 40 quilts (I will give you the exact number when our volunteers have reported in). I will also be taking a load of quilts next week to Shriners personally for the charity (yes, I will share photos).

I purchased all the fabric needed for the tops of the quilts and we are getting some batting and fabric donated, however, we need approx 250 yards of flannel for the back of the quilts and that’s where YOU come in. I managed to get a wonderful deal of excellent quality flannel at only $1.69 a yard but need donations to be able to purchase it. I can drive to pick it up, so there will be no shipping cost, and because Relief Share is a nonprofit, there will be no tax.

The goal is $422.50 to be able to purchase 250 yards of flannel.

All those who choose to donate will receive a tax deductible receipt. If you can help make a child’s stay at Shriners better by helping to provide a warm snuggly twin size quilt for their bed, please donate through PayPal to info@ReliefShare.org .

Checks can be sent to:

Relief Share,
6078 Lundy Rd.,
Houston, MO
65483-2225
Attn: Charity Quilt Project.

If you request it, a brochure can be mailed along with your tax deductible receipt and thank you letter.

Please share this need with your family and friends. God blesses us with what we need for ourselves, and for those in need. This is a way to help each other and give back to God for all our blessings. If you would like to send yarn, flannel, sewing supplies, fabric and batting, please send it to the address above. We would love it if you want to make a twin size quilt (approx 72 x 90 – doesn’t have to be exact) and send it, that would be wonderful!

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Jun
17

Donor Spotlight – Kamsnaps.com

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We would like to shout out a huge THANK YOU to Judy at Kamsnaps.com for the discounted pricing she gave us on a snap press and snaps.  What a wonderful company to deal with. Because of Kamsnaps.com we can now get the hospital IV gowns and diaper covers done a lot more efficiently, effectively and in a timely manner. Judy graciously allowed us to purchase the press and snaps at a price that was within our budget, we couldn’t have done it without her.  We highly recommend Kamsnaps.com to everyone.

The snap press is a huge boost in morale to our volunteers who actually sustained hand injuries sewing on the snaps to the gowns needed. There were 800 snaps that had to be either sewn on or put on with a pair of hand pliers and it proved to be very painful!  Now the snaps can be put on the items needed without any pain and very quickly ;-) (Yes, you guessed it, it was my hands that got hurt LOL).  I am grateful for the other volunteers who helped finish up the rest of the snaps on the gowns when I couldn’t anymore.

Now to get busy, the first order of business is 1200 snaps that need to be put on hospital gowns!

A very grateful and happy camper,

Carol Green
President
Relief Share.org

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Exciting news! Our beautiful baby doll fundraiser on ebay brought $157.50. We are thrilled. Not only will the babies at the hospital get the help they need, there will be a happy new Mommy out there for this sweet little one. Thanks again to Sabriam Garcia at Eden’s Little Ones for donating the baby!

Relief Share - baby fundraiser on Ebay

Relief Share - baby fundraiser on Ebay

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Darlene Austins adorable monkeys

Darlene Austins adorable monkeys

Darlene is a very gifted artist who creates the most darling little monkeys. Her ebay ABOUT ME page has wonderful information, there you can read more about her and how she creates her adorable monkeys.

Darlene is a wonderful asset to our Relief Share family of volunteers, donors and people that care.   She personifies love in action.   With her assistance we found the Snap Press we needed to put the snaps on the items we donate to the hospitals , links to the PUL fabric that will be used for the diaper covers and hospital gowns for Shriners Hospital and she went the extra mile of providing us with thousands of snaps for the snap press.

In her honor we are introducing our latest fundraiser. I bet you can guess what the fundraiser will be….yep, you are right….some of Darlene’s adorable monkeys!

Come see how darling they are!

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All Tuckered Out ReliefShare.org fundraiser

All Tuckered Out ReliefShare.org fundraiser

This fundraiser is to help us purchase the materials needed to provide Shriner’s Hospital with 240 twin size quilts for their patient’s beds.

Shriner’s Hospital in St Louis provides surgery and medical care for children from birth to 21. Many of these precious children need major surgery, some cannot walk some have missing limbs and others need skeletal medical attention to be able to function correctly.

We have seen with our own eyes the miracles that take place in Shriner’s and witnessed a little baby girl been given the gift of being able to walk after a long time in body casts and after a number of extensive surgeries. This precious baby’s family was not charged one dime for her care – Shriner’s Hospital is truly a blessing to the sick and needy children who desperately need help.

Relief Share is a non profit 501 (c) 3 charity with wonderful volunteers who are willing to give of their time and talents to sew the much needed quilts for the children who need a warm quilt to snuggle in after major surgery. The children need their strength to heal, not to simply stay warm.

YOU can help a child today by providing the funds to help us get the materials needed to create the much needed quilts.

To date we have sewn and donated 37 twin size quilts to Shriner’s Hospital. Help us get the materials to finish the rest.
Flannel, batting and fabric is needed along with thread and funds to ship the quilts. Money from this fundraiser will bless many sick and needy babies lives.

ON TO THE AUCTION ———
This sweet little baby is called “All Tuckered Out”. This beautiful reborn baby was donated by Sabriam of “Eden’s Little Ones” Nursery to be used as a fundraiser to bless the lives of the sick and needy children in the hospital with warm twin size quilts for the beds to keep them snuggled and warm.

What better way to raise funds for babies and children by offering a baby of your very own to love, cuddle and hold.

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“Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd; a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.” A. Lou Vickery

Relief Share volunteers are the best!  We love to post tidbits and quotes to encourage our volunteers and let them know we care!

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Carol Green
President

www.ReliefShare.org

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Hospital IV gowns

Hospital IV gowns

Our wonderful Relief Share volunteers have been very busy making hospital IV gowns for the children at Shriner’s Hospital in St Louis.  Here is a picture of one of the deliveries in a huge full size children’s gift bag filled with lovingly made afghans, gowns and toys!  The picture was taken in the hospital parking lot just before we took the donation in to them :-)

Volunteers who helped sew the gowns are:

The Enchanted Cottage Quilt Shop in Houston – Michelle and Sue are owners
Katey Jambor – Houston, MO
Carol Green – Houston, MO
anonymous volunteer (some of our volunteers prefer their names be withheld) – Roby, MO

Donations of fabric and snaps to sew some of the the gowns were from:

Lucky Dollar Store – Licking, MO
Carol Green – Houston, MO
anonymous donor – Houston, MO

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