"Earth, sweet earth, sweet landscape, with leaves throng." This line from the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins brings to mind the smells and sights of nature in autumn. We can concur with the sweetness, and as we welcome the change of season, we give thanks for all that God has wrought in nature and in hearts.
Your generosity over the past months has enabled our mission shops, that is, the gift shop, flea market, and bookshop, to have a full and productive summer season. The articles you have donated have been transformed into money for the poor throughout the world.
We have sold all our pocketknives, cigarette lighters, and marbles. If anyone has any of these items in closets, drawers, attics, or basements, we would be grateful to be able to re-stock. Old toys are popular, too.
We have received lots of linens—some of them antique—that need laundering before they can be sold. Many need special stain removers. If you know of any good stain-removing soaps that you could send us, it would be an immense help. We also need household cleaners for china, glass, and wood.
Jewelry is extremely popular in our gift shop. Especially saleable are bracelets of all kinds (men’s, women’s, and children’s), pendants, earrings, and anything made from turquoise or any kind of natural stone.
We could also use sterling and gold-filled chains suitable for hanging medals, crosses, and other pendants. Pocket watches, too, whether or not they are working, are very much in demand.
Our nurses thank you for all the health products you have sent. Their needs this month are: Gravol, combination cold-sinus medication, and a water pik.
For cleaning, we could use a few more corn brooms and dustpans, and for dishwashing, bottle brushes. We are in dire need of green 3M scrubbies and metal scrubbies (such as Chore Girl) or any other cleaning aids you know of for scrubbing pots and pans.
Thank you for the coffee filters. The cooks are still looking for oven thermometers, and the laundress needs Woolite or other wool-safe laundry detergents. These days, she is washing lots of wool sweaters and blankets in preparation for the colder months ahead.
Cheryl Ann Smith at St. Mary’s sends a huge thank you for the big bag of tennis balls someone sent. These should be enough for a while. She is now asking for disposable plates, cups, and bowls for receptions and picnics and for Hobart restaurant-size, heavy-duty silverware racks for their dishwasher. Perhaps you might know how to get hold of these.
Besides their ongoing need for 8 ½ by 11 white paper and #10 and #6 ¾ white envelopes, the office staff are asking for 2-inch clear packing tape and 9 x 12 brown kraft heavy duty envelopes.
Our final request comes from MH Publications. They could use some CD jewel cases and CD slim cases.
As we keep abreast of world news, our hearts are being stretched to carry in prayer every man, woman, and child on this planet. For this reason, we try to go about our various duties of the moment with greater love and faithfulness, and we ask God to transform our actions and prayers into graces wherever they are needed.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (October 2007)
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