Steadman and her two children have volunteered at the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission for several years, but last February, her daughter noticed how many of the children at the shelter did not have toys to play with.
“She saved up her own money to buy toys for the kids,” said Steadman. “I decided to one up it and buy clothes for the kids, as well as toys. My kids are super passionate about volunteering and trying to make a difference in the someone’s life.”
Steadman began her organization in May and announces on Facebook what she needs after asking around the underprivileged community what they need the most. Blessed Positivity accepts new and gently-used toys and children’s clothing for donation. It is looking for winter clothes in all sizes.
“We have a ton of summer stuff,” said Steadman. “We need warmer clothes; sweatshirts and long-sleeved shirts, especially for boys. We don’t have a lot of boys clothes. “We collect clothes and toys year-round unlike some charities that just collect during Christmastime. Kids need toys for birthdays and other celebrations. They just don’t need any outfit for Christmas or for the first day of school. Kids should get clothes all year round instead of just that one time a year. Then they can concentrate on being kids.”
Blessed Positivity is also looking for a donation of large Tupperware containers for storage.
“I work out of my garage,” said Steadman. “Storage is tough sometimes, especially when a large donation is dropped off.”
Steadman is also looking for volunteers for her various endeavors. She is currently working on this year’s schedule of donation drives and fundraisers.
“Hopefully, we will be able to host a wine tasting event this year, in a fun venue with a great chef and donated wine.”
The organization partnered with Aria School of Music and Art, who offers low income music lessons for its holiday fundraiser.
“This past Christmas, we asked for brand new toys for 50 kids and several others on a backlog list,” said Steadman. “We ended up getting so many toys, enough for all the kids on the list as well on the backlog list. Me and my kids wrapped all the presents and randomly delivered them. The people on the backlog didn’t know we were coming and that we had presents for them so it was a nice surprise for everyone.”
Steadman recounts a story of how she helped a young mother over the holiday season.
“We helped this mom living in a motel room. Her daughter was about four and she needed a stroller. I posted on Facebook that we needed one and someone donated it. Six months later, the woman asked me to get a sturdier stroller since the other one broke and I got one for her. When I dropped it off, she asked if I had any Christmas trees. Her daughter really wanted one. As I was driving home, I saw this little tiny Christmas tree on the side of the road, I shoved it in my car, got some lights and ornaments on it from my own tree that I wasn’t using. I brought the tree to the woman and her little girl was so happy. Her eyes just lit up. She kept on saying ‘thank you. It was the best feeling in the world.
“I just love helping people,” said Steadman. “I wouldn’t want to be on this earth if I couldn’t. There are so many people who have nothing. We all need to help. We’re so blessed to be here. We’re here to spread positivity. We have so much in our life to be positive about and thankful for.”
For more information about Blessed Positivity, visit blessedpositivity.weebly.com or call (775) 636-9113.