Spring comes late to our northern land. So someone around here was saying that she likes it when Easter is late, as it was this year, because then our weather is apt to be more springlike, more in tune with the great season of Resurrection.
In spring the staff of our mission gift shop prepare for the busy summer season. They thank you for the crèche sets; quite a number were donated, and they have sold well. The families who come in the summer will soon buy the remaining ones, so more sets would be very welcome.
Other items that sell especially well these days are: chess sets, little “travel icons,” old icon calendars, jewelry (especially earrings and bracelets), and collectable sewing thimbles (such as silver and enamel).
Thank you for the statues you sent. Recently one of our customers made a very special purchase in our shop: a nearly life size statue of the Sacred Heart. She was saddened when the Sacred Heart statue at her school was damaged, and she wanted to atone for this by buying another to put in its place. Needless to say, she was very happy to find just such a statue in our shop.
The cooks thank you for the digital timers. Now they are asking for canning jar spatulas—the kind that have small half-circle tips.
Marie-Therese McLaughlin, who is in charge of cleaning and taking care of our household needs, is looking ahead to the bug season. We need to have lots of insect repellant on hand for this large family. Can you send some? She is also asking for medium-size rubber gloves, yacht mops (8 and 10 oz) and fertilizer for houseplants.
The men need latex paint and stains of all types (green is in high demand). Also, please send 3-inch and larger empty prescription drug containers for storing small parts.
The nurses send you a heartfelt thank you for the saw palmetto, evening primrose, and vitamins. This month they are asking for: Tums, Epsom salts, Gaviscon and vitamin C (500 mg only, as we have enough of the 1000 mg).
MH Publications would greatly appreciate any number of jewel cases from CDs, and our laundry could use good, working steam irons and men’s hankies. They don’t need to be brand new.
Here is a short list from our handicraft department: glue sticks (for paper), base coat paints for decorative painting, and clear urethane varnish.
A final plea comes from our office workers who beg you to keep their ongoing needs in mind—#10 white envelopes, 8½ x 11 white paper, and clear 2-inch packing tape.
You are close to us as we carry you in our hearts in gratitude for your great and loving hearts. Thank you for your constant support, your love, your prayers, and your gifts.
We leave you with the traditional Russian greeting, which we say over and over during the Easter Season: “Christ is risen! Truly he is risen! Alleluia!”
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (April 2006)
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