Posted December 29, 2008 in One Man's Scrap:
One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2008)

A star will come forth out of Jacob, and a scepter will rise out of Israel (Numbers 24:17). Do you sense the deep longing for a Savior in this ancient prophecy? The Church offers us the Advent season so that we might live out that longing ourselves and arrive at the joy of realizing once more that our Savior is now among us for all time.

As Advent days approach, we sense your presence with us, sharing in that expectant joy. And we are so grateful for all that unites us.

Thank you for the stream of donations you sent to stock our mission shops: the gift shop, the book shop, and the flea market. The money earned means that many missionaries will be helped in their work with the poor in many parts of the world.

The gift shop staff need to replenish their stock after the long summer tourist season. Anything that is saleable is most appreciated, and here is a list of items that are especially popular these days: vintage items from the 40s, 50s, or earlier, items such as toy lead soldiers, beaded evening bags, music boxes, and hat pins.

People are also asking for silver-plated candlesticks and silver-plated serving pieces such as cake lifters, salad tongs, etc. Thank you for the Wade tea figurines and the jewelry donations.

We are truly blessed to have attentive care from our nurses. They aim to keep the healthy ones healthy and to help those with ailments.

Your thoughtful donation of health items are a great help to them. Here are some remedies that would be useful: witch hazel, cough drops, Gas-X or Simethicone or similar products for gas; neomycin antibiotic cream, boracic acid powder for eye poultices, 24-hour antihistamines, and vitamin E cream. Thank you for remembering the band-aids!

Restoration’s circulation department continues to need large mailing envelopes (9 x 12 or larger) and a metric scale to weigh envelopes and packages. Our regular office needs #10 envelopes, 8 ½ x 11 white paper (good on one side is fine) and white correction fluid.

Does anyone within reasonable distance have a family-size washing machine that you would be able to give us? Our chronic care wing at St. Mary’s is in desperate need of one. It will have heavy use and so would need to be heavy duty, sturdy, and in good condition.

We are also in need of CD jewel cases, plastic shower curtains, plastic shower caps, and a portable dehumidifier.

After a busy autumn of helping out with food processing, the staff at our handicraft center have returned to their winter craft projects. Can you provide any of the following? Colored paper (card stock weight), oil paints (especially green oxide) water color paints in tubes (especially greens, blues, and raw sienna), and linen rug warp.

Our gardeners are asking again for rubber garden boots in women’s sizes. The ones they are using leak.

We want to conclude with a big thank you to the people who, in response to our request last month, gave us a wonderful donation of apples. We are grateful.

In the quiet of Advent, we will be holding you in our hearts and praying for your intentions in our daily liturgies. May you and your family be filled with peace as you prepare to receive our Infant Savior’s gifts of light and joy.

In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (December 2008)


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