Dear Friends, before we get too far into 2013, we would like to thank you for your kindnesses to us in 2012. As we look back over the year, we can see the effects of your generosity.
With your help, we were able to offer hospitality to many, and we ourselves were clothed and fed.
We were able to mail books to seminaries and convents around the world, and we earned enough from the sale of your donated items for our mission shops to help support dozens of missionary efforts. We hope you know how much we appreciate you.
So it is with confidence that we come to you with our small and not so small requests in this new year.
Our laundresses are very grateful for the Oxi-clean powdered stain remover that arrived just in time for the feast day tablecloths. This time both our laundries need black Rub-a-Dub laundry markers. These special markers do not "bleed" or run onto other fabric.
The kitchen needs matches, both wooden ones and book matches. Thank you for the freezer bags for our frozen vegetables.
Our bush crew has been out regularly, cutting wood for our cook stoves. They are asking for chainsaw safety helmets and rubber bungee cords, 14-16 inches.
Thank you for the #10 security envelopes and 6-inch rulers. The office is well-supplied for now, though they could use Scotch tape of all types as well as desktop and drawer organizers.
A quick check of our cleaning and grooming closets revealed a need for upright vacuum cleaners, medium size rubber gloves, heavy-duty squeegees for washing windows, toothpaste, regular-size bath soap bars, and hand cream or lotion (some of it non-scented, if possible).
The crafts people at St Raphael’s handicraft department are humming peacefully along, working at their crafts—pottery, decoupage, candles, sewing, weaving, painting, and restoring broken articles.
They are grateful to you for keeping them supplied with what they need. Their only request this month is for blades for X-acto knives.
Thank you for the Extra-strength Tylenol and low dose aspirin. Can you help us by sending Gravol (nausea med), liquid antacid (such as Maalox and Gavison) and magnesium citrate supplements?
Medium and large teapots are popular at our mission gift shop, and we’d love to offer our customers a good selection. So if you have one or more you would like to pass on, we would be happy to receive them. The shop also needs small size pricing labels.
The requests in this column come from the various departments of Madonna House, each on a separate small sheet of paper. And along with their requests, most of them include a thank you.
So on their behalf, we thank you with all our hearts for your love and support, and we ask Our Lord and his Mother to give each of you a grace-filled Lent.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (February 2013)
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