May and June are special months for our Madonna House family. During May the directors of all our mission houses come for their annual meetings. Then in June, we have the joy of witnessing staff make and renew their promises.
In May and June Joanne Weisbeck and helpers are hard at work setting up Cana Colony, our summer camp-retreat for families. She is asking for large "thirsty" dish towels. Lots of families will be cooking together which makes for lots of dishes to dry.
She also still needs white cardboard, at least 10 inches by 16 inches to make signs to welcome each of the 50 or so incoming families.
Those in the gift shop are also busy getting ready for their busy summer season. They are asking for Goo Gone for cleaning sticky labels off the merchandise, jewelry glue—E6OOO or an instant bond glue. (There are many brands available), GS Hypo Cement, and Bond 527 (another strong jewelry glue). They have many pieces of jewelry to repair.
Finally, they are asking for St. Christopher medals.
The handicraft center is planning some creative sewing projects, and for this they need the following needles: needles for machine quilting and machine topstitch, and machine needles suitable for metallic threads and embroidery.
They also need pieces of mat board for picture framing and picture levelers and apparatus for hanging pictures. They restore frames and sell them in the gift shop. Finally, they need black markers for labeling boxes when sorting donations.
As you can imagine, our need for office supplies is ongoing. This month the office is asking for black magic markers, both thick and thin, 8 ½ by 11 white paper—both good and good-on-one-side (which we use for scrap paper), and Scotch tape.
The circulation department of Restoration needs mailing envelopes (paper, plastic, or Tyvek), 9 inches by 12 inches or bigger, for sending out bulk orders of the paper.
MH Publications has only one request: CD jewel cases.
Our kitchen does a wonderful job of feeding all of us—over a hundred when we’re all here. To help them do this, they are asking for cheese cloth, rubber spatulas of all sizes but especially long-handled, plastic bags for freezing our bread (size 26" by 35 ½ ") (66 cm, by 90 cm.) and a family-size food processor (Cuisinart or similar).
Our nurses have asked us to thank you for all the good donations you sent us. This month they are asking for Epsom salt, rubbing alcohol (70%-91%), and Extra Strength Tylenol.
Finally, can you help us with a few miscellaneous other needs? Dental floss, disposable shavers, heavy duty green and metal scrubbies for our pots and pans, and large black garbage bags (not the extra-large size).
Our work in the various departments we mentioned is about love, as are the donations you send us. Thank you for your faithfulness which gives us encouragement to live our gospel lives.
We pray for your intentions at each of our liturgies. May you and all your families enjoy a fruitful summer.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (May-June 2009)
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