February is a quiet month for Madonna House, a month of snow and cold, a month that lies between the festivities of Christmastime and the austerities of Lent. In February there are few signs to give hope that spring is coming—few, but not none. Every day the daylight stays a bit longer.
In this time of winter, as we come to you once more with our needs, we are reminded of how much you have given and continue to give to us. And we are very grateful.
Peter Anzlin, who has been responsible for our shipping and receiving department, is now working at the farm. But wanting to leave his successor, David Guzman, well supplied, he made one request before he left. He is asking for two-inch package tape.
The hard-working nurses have several needs this month: vitamin C (500 mg. and 1000 mg.). vitamin B complex (B 50), and vitamin D (400 and 1000 mg.). Also, cough expectorant and cough drops, Vicks Vapor Rub, Heavy Mineral Oil. Evening Primrose Oil, and Saw Palmetto.
Imagine how much paper Madonna House uses! We use it for communicating among ourselves about the endless details of out work, for our files, and for communicating with countless people throughout the world, etc., etc., etc. So our need for paper and envelopes is ongoing.
This month the main office, which stores and distributes office supplies for all of Madonna House, is asking for: envelopes (white #10), scotch tape, white-out, and white paper, 8 ½ x 11. Even if the paper is what we call “good on one side” we can use it for scrap paper.
The archives department has several requests: a self-healing cutting board (larger than 8.5” x 11”), slide projector bulbs (FHS Lamps - 300 Watts Max), a Kodak Carousel 4600 slide projector, and Compact Disc Recordables (CDRs).
We have also received some requests from the gift shop. First of all, Rae Stanley, the department head for the shop, has asked us to thank you for the crèche sets and to let you know that some have already been sold.
Jewelry, too, is always a big sales item, especially older (vintage) silver pieces. Thank you for the turquoise bracelets and necklaces. They sell well, as do all natural stone pieces.
And because they sell lots of jewelry, the gift shop has an ongoing need for the kind of jewelry boxes it is sold in and for cotton batten (preferably in large sheets that can be cut up) that can be put in the boxes.
Religious statues, silver-plate candle holders, men’s jackknives, and good quality pipes are also popular.
And last but not least, one of our dormitories needs alarm clocks that run silently. The ones that tick keep some people awake.
Thank you again for all that you have given us and continue to give us. We, in our turn, give you our prayers, and also ask you for yours.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (February 2006)
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