After our white, snowy Easter (plus a long snowy winter), the snows are finally receding and soon we will see a fresh growth of loveliness in the form of grass and flowers. It seems like we waited a long time for spring. We are grateful to all of you who kept in touch, sent donations, and prayed for us during this long winter.
Many thanks for the plastic containers you sent us, and please keep them coming. We need the kind that cottage cheese and ice cream come in, in all sizes and with lids, for food storage. We also need some popcorn poppers and 10-12 cup drip coffee makers.
Our mission gift shop will soon begin its busy season. After the winter work of corresponding with the missionaries all over the world to whom we send the proceeds from the shop, it will soon be the time of selling so as to continue helping the poor with whom they live and work.
The shop keepers would be pleased to receive any saleable items you want to send. Recently several customers asked for small quartz alarm clocks that work. It would also be extremely helpful to the staff if someone could send an Activar button cell tester for testing watch batteries.
The farmers have been hard at work all winter cutting trees for firewood, and they now need to replace the axe handles and shovel handles. If you have any axe handle wedges to spare, they would greatly appreciate it.
The recent flu epidemic that hit our area just about depleted our cold medications. Can you help by sending cough medicines (expectorant and DM), sugar-free cough drops, and extra strength Tylenol? Other medical needs are Band-Aids, ear plugs, dry eye drops, Colace, and acidophilus.
Our office continues to need #10 envelopes, 8 ½ x 11 white paper, white-out correction fluid, and 1-inch wide clear packing tape for mailing out this newspaper.
We would also like to renew our plea for a treadmill in good working condition. A number of us have been given prescribed exercises for various conditions and injuries.
Our sacristan would be very glad to receive candle donations such as tapers for the Easter vigil and 1 1/8 inch wide beeswax acolyte candles. She is also wondering if anyone has been able to find a non-toxic brass polish.
The laundry is short of men’s and women’s handkerchiefs and could use some stain removers.
Our librarians are very grateful for the plain white 3x5 cards they received. Thank you! A few canary yellow ones would also be helpful.
Our hearts go out to you in gratitude for your faithful reading of this begging column. We are ever aware of all you do for us, and every day we ask God to bless you. We know it isn’t always possible for you to send something, but please keep in mind that we always need your prayers.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (May-June 2008)
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