This month we have written this column differently. Since Cathy Mitchell wrote in "A Beggar’s Dilemma" about our current situation, we decided in this column to just list our needs. We are only doing a list for this one month. Next month, we will be back to our usual way of writing "One Man’s Scrap."
One thing, however, is the same every month. Our needs are ongoing; and it is as beggars that we humbly and trustingly lay them before you.
Here is our list.
Laundry: cotton muslin-type fabric or old cotton flour sacks for making large dishtowels, single-size bed sheets (either fitted or flat), and beach towels
Gardens: bone meal and sprinklers
Cleaning: Industrial strength rubber gloves for cheese-makers and regular kitchen rubber gloves (medium and large)
Kitchen: 2-qt. plastic juice bottles (we use them as water jugs) and paring knives.
Office & Restoration: Envelopes (both personal letter and business letter size), ball point pens (black or blue, fine and medium size), 8 ½ x 11 white paper (both good and good on one side), mechanical lead pencils, scotch tape, and eraser tips for pencils
Nurses: 10-lb. hand weights, multi-vitamins, vitamin C-500 mg (not the chewable kind), B-complex (50 mg), Evening Primrose, Ibuprofen, digital thermometers, Band-Aids, cough medicine, selenium, and rubbing alcohol
Gift Shop: (After a good summer for sales, they need to re-stock.) – jewelry (natural stone is selling especially well), museum and art gallery prints, religious articles (small statues, plaques, etc.), silver plated candle holders, decorative chess sets, and bone china teacups and saucers. (High tea is in.)
Caregivers for the elderly: Incontinency supplies, particularly disposable adult under-garments and disposable pads for the bed
Handicraft Center: Water-based varnish, epoxy putty, glue sticks for card making, and rubber cement
Archives: Computer photo paper for printing digital photos
St. Mary’s: Clear plastic disposable glasses (7-12 oz.) for receptions after funerals, promises, etc.
Once again we thank you for your continued generosity. Without it, our work would not be possible. These days we ask for your continued prayers as we pray and listen to the Lord in our efforts to discern his will for us, his beggars of Madonna House.
In Our Lady of Combermere, Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (November 2006)
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