Posted April 29, 2005 in One Man's Scrap:
One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (April 2005)

Christ is risen! Truly he is risen! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Having been nourished over the years with Easter life, we come to you with joy and enthusiasm, and we rejoice with you in the incomparable gift of the graces we have all received.

Enthusiasm is certainly a feature of our mission shop these days, both in our craftspeople who make items to sell and in some of our customers when they find just what they are looking for. Enthusiasm, along with your generous donations, is a winning combination for earning money for the poor.

The gift shop staff are discovering how thrilling it is for families when they are able to find a nativity set or vintage Christmas decorations for their homes. Any donations along these lines would be greatly appreciated. It’s not a problem if some of the figures in a crèche set are scratched or chipped. We can restore them.


Silver and silver-plate, moreover, are in great demand in the gift shop in the form of candlesticks, flatware (even single pieces), earrings, bracelets, and nicely designed barrettes. Plus people are asking for natural stone pieces, good quality men’s rings, decorative barometers, and egg cups.

One of our craftspeople is painting beautiful Russian folk designs on napkin rings, which, together with painted wine glasses, we are selling in sets as anniversary gifts. Can you supply us with wide napkin rings and white linen napkins for these sets?

The craftspeople have also restored many donated items and fashioned stained glass pieces and made a great variety of candles to sell. They would welcome glue sticks for card-making, and picture wire.


The cleaning department is low on dustpans and corn brooms. We need lots of corn brooms because we put one at almost every entrance for clearing off sand in summer and snow in winter. We also need toothpaste.

Have you recently finished remodeling? Would you consider sending us your surplus unused plumbing, electrical, and carpentry supplies?

The men send you a heartfelt thank you for the batteries and electrical tape. As you can imagine, they have an ongoing need for both, especially for 6-volt lantern batteries. Their current needs are: 100 ft. roll of 2-pair inside telephone wire and 4 ft. fluorescent light fixtures.

Looking ahead to summer, we are hoping to supply the families coming to Cana Colony with good baseball equipment. Would you please check your closets for baseball mitts, adult and children sizes, plus a catcher’s mask and catcher’s pads? And speaking of Cana, they still need a few more medium size rectangular plastic storage boxes.

Our office staff are in great need of cassette typewriter ribbons of the following types: Brothers 1030, 1230 (2 pack), 1032 (nylon), 3022-0, 3010 lift-off correction, and 4010 cover-up correction. They also need IBM Selectric II ribbons #1136432.

The shipping and receiving department needs dust masks to wear while sorting, for when they sort, the air gets filled with fiber particles. They also need 2-inch clear packaging tape for mailing out book orders.

Our last request comes from the farm, which needs square shovels with short “D” handles.

All these things we beg from you bring us into a special relationship with you. You are never far from our thoughts and prayers, for no matter what task we turn to, we see and use what you have provided. This is a partnership that truly serves the needs of many.

It’s not surprising, then, that each day at Mass the community prays specifically for your intentions. For our resurrected Lord has made us one.

In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (April 2005)


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