Dear friends, summer contains many joys for us: listening to the red winged blackbirds that nest in the swamp, swimming in the cold Madawaska River, and receiving visitors, to mention just three.
It’s amazing how many people find their way to this tiny hamlet of Combermere in summer to visit our gift shop, book shop, and flea market. Through their purchases, the poor are helped in many parts of the world.
The shops are beautifully stocked with the donations that have come in during the year, but of course we need to keep re-stocking throughout the busy summer.
Here’s a list of items that are especially saleable these days: old bone china teapots, silver pocket flasks, individual English-style egg coddlers, and small wall lamps. Customers often ask for rubber or plastic tips for chipped teapot spouts and those that don’t pour quite properly. Would anybody be able to send a few?
This is a busy time for the gardeners, but they managed to jot down a short list of their needs: bone meal, blood meal, and fish fertilizer.
The crafts department needs plaster of paris for fixing statues, rubber cement, ¾ inch masking tape, and black felt pens with calligraphy tips.
The nurses are grateful for the earplugs, Tylenol, and the many other over-the-counter meds that you have sent. Their present needs are: cod liver oil capsules, Gravol (dimenhydrinate) tabs, B-50 complex, Benadryl Cream for insect bites, heavy mineral oil, hydrocortisone cream 0.5%, and Refresh Eye Drops.
Please keep our office people in mind. They have an ongoing need for #10 envelopes, 8 ½ x 11 white paper—both good-on-one-side (which we use for scrap paper) and good-on-both-sides, white-out correction fluid, 1-inch packing tape, and CD cases.
Renée Sylvain, our head cook, thanks you for the tea balls and paring knives. She has only two requests: 90-100 c. coffee percolators and popcorn poppers. In a family our size we can use a lot of popcorn poppers!
We have been given a BSR McDonald 78 rpm record player, but it needs a needle. Does anyone have one they can send?
Each year we become more conscious of how united we are with all of you. When you suffer, we suffer. When you are in joy, we are in joy, because we are wedded together through the mercy and love of Jesus Christ. In these days when fuel and food prices are climbing, you can be sure we hold you in our hearts with deep concern and prayer. We pray that the Mother of God and her Son protect you as they protect us and grant you fullness of life.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (July-August 2008)
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