For us in the north country, summer seems like a miracle. The transition from bare landscape to lush vegetation never fails to gladden us. Not that winter wasn’t fine, but ah, summer!
The summer season is a busy time in our mission gift shop. Thanks to your generous donations, the shop is well stocked and earning money to help the poor in many parts of the world. If you are in the area this summer, we invite you to visit it.
From the time the snow melts until it comes again in winter, our bicycles are in constant use. Their main use is for transportation especially between various parts of Madonna House.
This constant use means constant need for maintenance, and that requires every kind of bicycle part. Right now we especially need tires, inner tubes for mountain bikes, and a bicycle pump with pressure gauge attached.
We are so grateful for the supply of toothpaste and toothbrushes you sent us. Thanks to each of you who sent them. These days we could use a few more dust pans and corn brooms and, especially for this season, foam wasp killer.
The nurses thank you for the vitamin C and multi-vitaimins they received. They are asking for B-complex and vitamin D, both 1000 I.U. and 400 I. U. Besides vitamins, they need ibuprofen 200 mg., Epsom salts, heavy mineral oil, rubbing alcohol, Band-Aids, expectorant cough medicine, and cough and cold medicine, both daytime and night-time.
Peter Gravelle, our head carpenter, depends on your donations for completing his projects. He is asking for stain (any color), paint, roller sleeves, sash brushes, and staples for gun staplers, T50 and JT21. 1 ½ inch masking tape would be very welcome, too.
The laundry is generally well-supplied thanks to your thoughtful donations, but right now it is getting low on wool soap and rubber-backed bathmats. The laundresses (and the rest of us as well) greatly appreciate the donation of hankies.
The MH men who work with machinery in the bush want to increase their safety level. They are asking for shirts, jackets, and pants that are specially made to be highly visible and non-flammable. Such clothing is usually orange, made of relatively non-flammable fabric, and has reflective strips sewed on. Can anyone help with this?
The office has an ongoing need for 8 ½ by 11 white paper and for white envelopes, size #8 (3 5/8 x 6 ½ ) and #10 (9 ½ x 4 ¼).They are also requesting hanging file inserts and 3 ½ inch tabs and extra fine point Sharpie indelible markers.
While we stay busy in summer with our shops, the Cana Colony family retreats, gardens, farm and visitors, we continue to have adoration of the Blessed Sacrament daily except Sundays. We pray for your intentions every day and ask Our Lady and his Mother to bless you in every way. Thank you for your tremendous support, and know that we count on your prayers, too.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Mark Schlingerman and Susanne Stubbs (July-August 2007)
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