Blessings on you, dear friends, as we begin another year of faith. As for us, we are confident that God will work powerfully in us and in the world as we go about our everyday life doing little things with great love.
And we are grateful for the quiet pace of after-Christmas winter that enables us to put things in order and to do the work that we are too busy to do at other times.
Did you know that we have our own "Yellow Pages"—a book listing where various supplies, tools, etc. can be found in Madonna House. When we receive your donations, we sort them and send each item to the department that is responsible for supplying it to the other departments. For instance, if the kitchen or farm needs Scotch tape, they request it from the office, and if it’s Band-Aids they need, they’ll request a supply from the nurses. That way everything is taken care of and made available wherever it is needed.
In the gift shop, the winter is a good time for polishing silver and brass. If you are able to send a jar or tube of MET-ALL non-toxic brass polish, it would help immensely. The gift shop staff would also appreciate some small brown paper bags and gift bags. And they thank you for all the wonderful donations you have been sending them all year.
The office staff, too, thanks you—for the Scotch tape refills and all the pens, pencils, and erasers. They still need white-out correction fluid and #10 security envelopes. And, as always, they still have an ongoing need for printer paper.
Our kitchen staff is responsible for stocking book matches and mouse traps for all of us, and if you can contribute these, they would soon be put to use. They are also asking for the following: paper coffee filters, a digital timer, a pair of "dredgers," (we use them as salt and pepper shakers for stovetop cooking), a 2-3 quart mesh strainer for rinsing grains, and a 6 ½ inch mesh skimmer. They could also use any cutlery you can spare, especially teaspoons. And finally, they need enamel or stainless steel milk pitchers in 2 or 3 quart (2 or 3 litre) size.
Winter is cold and flu season, so the nurses need to stock up on the over-the-counter medicines that help us cope with these and other ailments. Here is their list: Ibuprophen (200 mg), Gravol (50 mg), cough medicine (DM and expectorant), vitamin B-6, and extra strength Tylenol.
St. Raphael’s Handicraft Center has just about used up their supply of glue sticks making Christmas cards. Can you send them some more? They also need white glue and used Christmas cards, which we will use for making cards next year.
The farmers were happy to receive the few gallons of chainsaw bar oil that someone gave us. Thank you. They will be needing a bit more for the rest of the season. They also need Gorilla duct tape (black) and a 6-inch "de-cut" boning knife for cutting meat.
The folks in our Publications department are still asking for portable MP3 players, if you have one that isn’t being used.
As we look over the past year and ponder God’s goodness to us, our hearts are full of gratitude for you, our benefactors and friends. We pray that this new year bring you and your families and the whole world the Holy Spirit’s gift of peace.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (January 2012)
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