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

8/21/2014

Today Laura and I made a Relief Share donation to SOS Charity in Cabool, Missouri.

This donation was very special. There was a Precious Moments twin quilt for a little 6 yr old girl with cancer (made by marvelous volunteer Jan S) and two smaller comfort snuggle quilts for her brother, who makes the long trip to another state with her for her cancer treatments.

Also included in the delivery was lots of lovely knitted baby cocoons and knitted afghans made by our wonderful volunteer Ann E – whose boxes of donations arrived in the nick of time right before us leaving to take the donation.

There were wonderful hats and scarf sets (ready for winter) made by sweet volunteer Mary H., who also donated 3 of the baby quilts, and a pair of pants donated by volunteer Ashley G, that we’re sure a young mom will be grateful for.

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

There were many other items included in the delivery – all created with love and given with a prayer for peace and healing for the recipients, young and old, sick or needy.

Thank you to everyone who made the donation today possible. We love you for it.

Carol Green
President
Relief Share.

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

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

Relief Share believes that the true solution to the inequalities and suffering that occurs every day in the world is giving… by sharing toys with children whose parents may have lost everything in a natural disaster, bedding with those who who cannot afford to stay warm, quilts to keep the aged cosy, we play a small part in curing social ills which could be eliminated on a collective levels. Interestingly, numerous scientific findings reveal that when we give, we don’t just help the recipients of our donations; we also take our first steps on a journey towards greater personal happiness. These findings should be shared with the world, for they are likely to lead to further giving. In this post, we share important research work on the link between giving and personal joy:

Happiness is a cycle: Researchers, Isen and Levin conducted a study which revealed that people were more likely to help others when they were happy; those in a positive mood were also more likely to lend a helping hand to researchers. Similar observations have subsequently been made with children. In another study, Rosenhan et. al. randomly assigned positive or negative mood states to children by asking them to reminisce, talk and think about specific memories. They were then given some candy and money, which they were told they could give away to other children. While both groups of kids consumed more sweets than the control group, the happy children gave larger amounts of money to other children. As is the case with adults, similar positive mood states (achieved through a sense of competence or success) resulted in greater giving.

Happy people have been found to help others more in many contexts, including the work context: In one study, inexperienced workers with more positive moods and outlooks were found to be more likely to go the extra mile when helping customers by trying hard to find what the customer was looking for, and making a greater effort to provide quality customer service.

Giving also makes us happier: In an excellent report on giving, L. Anik et.al. run through the most useful recent studies on the subject. One study mentioned, carried out in 2007 showed that when persons donated money to a food bank, the ventral striatum region of their brain was activated. The This area of the brain is involved in the experience of pleasure and reward, showing that giving does inherently make us happier. In Germany, meanwhile, Meier and Stutzer (2006) showed that those who performed volunteer work had greater life satisfaction. The study is vital because it shows that giving doesn’t always have to be about money. Sharing one’s time by making blankets or toys for needy children, for instance, is an equally important way to make a difference.

Everyone can help!

Giving is good for young and old alike: One particularly touching study involved elderly retired volunteers and infants. In this study, 10 elder volunteers with a mean age of 70 years were asked to massage infants at a nursery three times weekly for a period of three weeks. The elderly were also given massages at other times in the week. The researchers sought to observe the different effects caused by giving and receiving. The scientists found that “immediately after the first- and last-day sessions of giving massages, the elder retired volunteers had less anxiety and depression and lower stress hormones (salivary cortisol) levels. Over the three-week period, depression… decreased and lifestyle and health improved. These effects were not as strong for the three-week period when they received massage.” This is a particularly strong indication of the bond human beings share – the love for children and the need to care for others are almost universal feelings that we can fulfill by giving.

Volunteering and giving keeps awakens us to current problems facing society: When donate blankets, art supplies or toys, or volunteer our time to entertain children or the elderly, we begin to fully realize the vulnerability of the human condition. ‘There, for the grace of God, go you or I’ is a saying many volunteers repeat to themselves when faced with the devastation caused by poverty, HIV, and disease, not only in our area of the world, but in third world countries as well. As we meet other volunteers and patients, we share and discover vital information such as the link between poverty and STDs, heart disease and Type II diabetes; or the devastating child poverty rate, even in so-called affluent countries. In this way, volunteering stops us from turning a blind eye to social problems and opens our eyes to the important role we can play in helping even just one person – with a little help, maybe that one well-fed, warm and happy child will one day change the world.

So….GET HAPPY! Get involved. Clean out your closets for a good cause!

Added to this article by President Carol Green/Relief Share:

Here are some of the items needed – go through the list, pick some, and send them to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd., Houston, MO 65483-2225. Be sure to include your shipping information so we can send you a tax deductible receipt/thank you letter! We appreciate you!!

Baby Items: diapers, receiving blankets, sleepers, hats, booties, onesies, outfits, pants, tops, socks, swaddlers, baby cocoons, hygiene items (like soap, diaper cream, baby wash, q-tips, cotton balls, washcloths), diaper bags, soft toys, quilts, afghans, etc

Children’s items: clothing, toys, books, coloring books and crayons, videos, hair accessories, video games (these goes to the hospital to keep kids occupied when spending long periods immobilized after surgery), soap, shampoo, conditioner, food (yes, many of our children don’t get enough to eat) – healthy snacks or Wal Mart gift cards for our volunteer shoppers to go get what is needed, such as milk, bread, cheese, oatmeal, basic fruits and vegetables etc. Quilts, afghans, etc

Adult Items: Clothing, quilts, afghans, books, hair items – brushes, combs, curling or straight irons (for women who are in homeless shelters or crisis centers due to domestic violence trying to get ready  to work), hygiene items, washcloths, towels, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, conditioner, food (basic healthy food items are great, WalMart gift cards for our volunteer shoppers to get what is needed is wonderful, too).  Just think what you would need if you suddenly found yourself homeless and without anything – that is what is needed.

Animals – collars, food, litter, litter boxes, leashes, bedding, toys, flea and tick prevention products.  We help a number of animal shelters with donations of needed items when they are donated in.

Supplies for volunteers to work with to make some of the items needed:

Knitting & Crochet supplies: knitting machines, yarn, crochet hooks, knitting needles (addi turbo circular knitting needles in all sizes are a huge blessing for our volunteers to use – if you want to pick a size, the 14″ or 16″ length in size 7 is the most popular but we need the smaller sizes, like 5 and 6 for knitting booties and preemie hats, and larger circ needles for afghans are wonderful as well) We can never have enough knitting needles!  Stitch markers. Yarn winders are really needed right now! Patterns.

Quilting supplies – fabric, thread, needles, templates, patterns, batting, rotary cutters, mats, etc

Sewing Supplies – fabric, scissors, thread, elastic, velcro, lace, binding, embroidery thread, sewing machines, sergers, fabric cutting machines, etc.

Office supplies – paper, labels, price tags (for our flea market booth), post it notes, pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, computers, speakers, printers, copiers, digital cameras.  We have more than one location and when a machine breaks, it slows down the work.

Our dear volunteers and donors:  Thank you for everything you do – from sharing your smile with someone to giving of your time to sew, knit, crochet or simply spread the word.  We love all our volunteers who share their time, efforts, funds and love to make the lives of God’s sick and needy better.  Volunteers unselfishly drive our donations to where they need to go, spend time going to flea markets and yard sales to try to get what is needed to stretch our dollars, people who spend countless hours listing and shipping charity auctions on ebay for us, and wonderful people like Eve Pearce who wrote this article for us to help others understand what it is that Relief Share does to make the world a better place is what makes the miracle of love happen. Thank you so much!

 

 

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Relief Share donation

Relief Share volunteers have been very active in taking care of the sick and needy this August.  There were city wide garage sales to go to for supplies and new items like coloring books, crayons, toys and clothing.  Many hands make light work and beautiful donations arrived at Relief Share home office to be taken to where they were needed the most.

One of the really fun donations arriving lately were the tiny baby outfits and sleepers with beautifully handmade matching hats!  Thanks to Minerva, for her loving kindness for the little babies we love and serve, she makes gorgeous baby items out of the prettiest colors.

Relief Share volunteers managed to find a business closing out and bought scads of onesies and newborn baby outfits for the hospital maternity unit.  A donated wooden cradle was given to a church nursery for their toddlers. A box of school supplies full pencil crayons, masking tape, stapler, pencils, rulers and coloring crayons went to a local elementary teacher for her class.

Another way that folks help Relief Share get the supplies need is to shop on our Ebay auctions where 100% of the auctions go to Relief Share to help the sick and needy.

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Volunteers spend long hours writing auctions, packing auctions and dealing with ebay customers to make sure it is a win/win for everyone involved.

Relief Share has three flea market booths donated for our use.  It takes a lot of work  to fill the booths and keep them tidy and clean.  You will find unusual items in the booths, much of it donated from the founder’s home and their extended family loves to donate items for the booths as well.  Recently a purge of the linen closet yielded up lots of unused sheets that were no longer needed since the kids have grown up and moved away, so they were tagged at $2 a piece and sold at the flea market so folks who needed them in the community could get them for a low price for their families. Not everyone needs a donation, but they can use a little help stretching their budget, so our flea market booth helps with that.

Relief Share donation

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

Relief Share donation

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Relief Share volunteers have been knitting, crocheting, tatting, sewing, serging, embroidering, shopping and working hard to make sure the needs of those in crisis who are sick or indigent are met.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words, let the following picture write a book for you :-)

All of these items have been donated out to the Emergency Room at the hospital, 2 Medical Clinics, 2 Churches, 1 Food Pantry, 1 Old Folks Home, and various families for their children.  A huge thank you to all the donors and volunteers who made these miracles happen.

Donations for sick and needy

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

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

Items for sick and needy babies in hospital.

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

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relief share quilts for sick and needy children

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

A huge thank you to Dottie S, who donated her beautiful Fostoria vase to Relief Share when she heard we needed funds to buy fabric to make twin size quilts for Shriners Childrens Hospital.

Relief Share listed the beautiful vase as a charity fundraiser on Ebay.  An ebay buyer, who knows how important charity work is, emailed us with an offer and purchased it.  She paid immediately through paypal.

One of our volunteers, Laura B. , called us to let us know there was a Fabric Liquidation sale  in town.  The sale was only on for two days at rock bottom prices.  The purchase of the vase happened at the perfect time for Relief Share to get the much needed fabric for the twin size patchwork quilts at a good price.

The sale of the vase resulted in yards and yards of wonderful 100% cotton fabric for our compassionate service work!  The Lord blesses those who are doing their best to help others.  We are grateful for the “miracle of the vase”!

Relief Share is making 240 much needed twin size patchwork quilts for sick and needy children who are undergoing medical treatment, including serious surgeries.  We have received generous donations towards this project and since January 1, 2013 have donated 44 twin size quilts but still have 196 more to make.  Each quilt takes approx 12 yards of fabric, 6 yards of batting, thread and yarn.

So, what can one donation do?  With the economy of heaven and the heartfelt work of dedicated volunteers working to maximize donation funds – one donation can do plenty. Just ask the children that will be comforted and snuggled under the patchwork twin size quilts donated to the hospital by Relief Share what your donation means!  Everyone’s efforts make a difference!

Do you want to help with the quilts needed for the children in hospital?  We hope so – we still have a lot more quilts to make.  Please  send fabric to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225 or send something we can sell to raise the funds to get the batting, thread, fabric and yarn to tie the quilts with.  If you are able, a paypal donation to info@reliefshare.org would be wonderful, too.  We accept all kinds of fabric for the quilts – it doesn’t have to be 100% cotton.  We send a thank you letter/tax deductible receipt for every donation received so be sure to include your name and mailing information.  We are grateful for your help!

Questions? Email us at info@ReliefShare.org

Carol Green
President
ReliefShare.org

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Relief Share donation out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Carol Green
President
ReliefShare.org
info@ReliefShare.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Soft hugs
Carol Green
President
ReliefShare.org

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

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Cocoon made with Love That Yarn stripe from Hobby Lobby

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

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

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

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

Dyeing yarn with koolaid

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

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

Yarn dyed with koolaid - simply gorgeous

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Volunteer kindness - it's love in action!

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

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

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

Current projects:

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

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

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

Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 65483-2225

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

God bless you,

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

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Many times requests for help seem to be brought to us by an invisible hand.  Folks who would normally never connect do in an effortless way that seems to be fate.  Those who have love for others and want to help are ready to hear the still small voice who whispers to their heart and lets them know when to take action and when to wait quietly for promptings.

Have you ever had this kind of an experience?  You just felt that you should be somewhere, or call someone, or do something, and don’t know why, but you know you should so you do it?  What happened?

Please share your experiences with us by emailing info@Relief Share.org for us to share with others on our blog. When we share with each other similar experiences, we strengthen and validate our feelings, thoughts and efforts.

We can tell you from experience that great blessings for both the giver and receiver result from listening to God’s promptings to help each other.

No action was ever taken without it being a thought, first.  The scriptures say it this way: “for as a man thinketh, so is he.”  Have you thought about helping others but don’t know how or who?  Wondered which charity to join as there are so many and all have good causes? Making a priority list may help you decide where to focus your efforts.

PRIORITIZING, WISDOM & KNOWLEDGE

- prioritize your projects to make sure you’re working on what’s truly important instead of getting caught up in minor things. Prioritizing is logically thinking about how to spend your time.  Wisdom is knowing how to do that and knowledge is applying your wisdom to achieve the best results.

- you will want to make the greatest amount of progress towards your goals with the least amount of effort.

- for prioritization to have any meaning, it’s imperative that you have a clear objective. Can you visualize what you want to do? Can you see how accomplishing your goal will make you feel?  Are you passionate about helping others?

- effective prioritization is the essential skill you need to make the very best use of your own efforts and other volunteers.

CHOOSING WHERE TO PUT YOUR EFFORTS

One key to choosing a charitable activity is the reason for your motivation. Why do you want to help Relief Share? Has a need personally touched you? Do you identify with how Relief Share is addressing the need – such as working with Shriners Childrens Hospital to make warm quilts for the tiny patients, donating food for the hungry, or books to help children read? Does contributing your time, effort and goods give you a sense of ownership and partnership? Giving to a compassionate service effort you believe in, or share a common vision with, means so much more than giving just for tax purposes.

Your efforts should also be what is needed.  You should be convinced your gift would make a positive difference in the lives of the recipients. You should have no regrets, no afterthoughts, just confidence in your decision.  Ask questions via email to see if we are actively working on a project that your heart is in, and feel free to suggest a cause that you care about but be ready to be part of the solution to the need you suggested.

Currently we are working on twin size quilts for Shriner Childrens Hospital in St Louis – also hospital gowns and xray shorts for them.  We are also making and donating crocheted and knitted blankets, afghans and sweater sets for crisis centers and homeless shelters.  Toys for children in church nurseries, food for the hungry, supplies for community groups and the aged to help others, clothing for tiny babies and warm bedding for families in need – this is some of what we have handled this week.

“I love my job!” – Have you heard many folks say that about their job?  Well you hear it a lot around the Relief Share office.  We truly love our jobs, though unpaid, our pay is the smiles on faces who were sad, grateful hugs from little children now snuggled in warm blankets, messy faces on children who have food all over their mouths who, before we arrived, had their tummies growling.

Come join us – let us know if you sew, knit, crochet, craft or have items you would like to donate.  Email us, we would love to hear from you.  Input is always welcome!  info@ReliefShare.org

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

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We are now in our third week of sales for our fundraiser for Relief Share.  Instead of having folks come inside our building, we took it to the parking lot in our mall.  It’s been very busy as we set everything up like a garage sale to attract people and have a HUGE room all set up inside with tables and everything is just one dollar! The room was donated by a wonderful gentleman who owns the mall so we have a place to haul things in quickly when the rain shows up and to put things in for the duration of the fundraiser & business inventory liquidation sale at night so everything doesn’t need to be dragged around the end of the building.

Outside we have items that are half the original prices and sales from GrandmothersAttic.net, a store located in the same mall, are also being donated to Relief Share to help.  We are hoping to have enough money from the fundraising to be able to purchase the material needed for the hospital gowns for Shriners, the x-ray shorts, and the twin size quilts for the patient’s beds.  We also have many other projects we need supplies for  – mama pads, diaper bags, diaper covers, bibs, clothing and quilts for sick and needy families.

Relief Share is blessed to have the Lucky Dollar Store down the road in Licking who has fabric at very reasonable prices and gives us a discount because it’s for charity.  Now that our local Wal Mart no longer carries fabrics (don’t get us started on that…), we are grateful for the Lucky Dollar Store and Mel Porter – the owner.

A huge thank you to Ashley Green who has set up, taken down and spend the entire time monitoring and running the sales.  She has been sunburned, tired, sore from dragging heavy items in and out of buildings and pressed into service more than she could ever imagine.  What started out as a weekend sale has now turned into three weeks.  She needs a medal and we are most grateful to her.  A thank you to all the wonderful people who donated their time and effort helping.

Today 100 baby hats were donated out to Tennessee for the babies there.  We pray none of them suffered from the recent flooding that has caused so much problems in that state.  We also donated out preemie clothing to a little baby born to soon and only lived long enough for momma to say goodbye.  A tiny baby doll was donated to baby’s older brother so he would have something to remember her by.  A large donation went out to an expectant abandoned mother for her little one.  Donations of household items to needy folks were given out and baby blankets and clothing were given out to a young family in need.  Yarn donations have gone out to volunteers who are knitting and crocheting for the sick and needy in their area – those donations were possible from a large donation of cone yarn from a shop that shut down.  Beautiful tiny baby blankets with gorgeous hand crocheted edges done by a very special volunteer were donated to the local hospital – thank you Roberta – your work is lovely and the hospital so appreciative.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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