Posted April 26, 2013 in One Man's Scrap:
One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (April 2013)

After a cold winter, we are glad to welcome spring with its warmer days and to be drawing near to Holy Week and Easter.

After that, it won’t be too long before summer is here, when the bookshop, gift shop, and museum are very busy. In these shops, the books and other items you send are sold and the proceeds sent to help the poor in missions across the world.

The gift shop staff are asking for a few more small pricing labels and jewelry chains of every kind, even ones that are knotted or broken. (They can fix them.)

Other than that, for jewelry repair, they could use jump rings, clasps, lobster claws, and earring backs. And could you possibly send them a package or two of blue tacky? It is useful for so many little jobs.

The gift shop staff thank you for all the earrings and watches you sent. They are great sellers all year round.

We hope the flu season wasn’t too hard on you. Here, we have had our share of colds along with a few broken bones from slipping on the ice. The nurses want to express their thanks for all the cold meds, supplements, and over-the-counter remedies you have sent.

Kate O’Donnell is one of our newest department heads, having taken over the cleaning department about a year ago.

As such, she is responsible for keeping our household clean and orderly, and this includes keeping cleaning supplies in stock for all of us who clean our various workplaces and dormitories. She also looks after the grooming supplies.

Here’s a list of products and equipment that would help keep our surroundings and us presentable: men’s shaving cream, unscented hand lotion (some of us are allergic to scent), toothpaste (75 and 100 ml or the equivalent: 2.53 and 3.38 or so oz.) and razors.

For cleaning jobs, we need: squeegees for windows (mainly 12 inches wide but also 6-8 inches), steel wool pads (with or without soap), and bottle brushes for large canning jars and gallon jugs.

We are so grateful for the chemical-grade rubber gloves you sent us. We still need regular rubber gloves (medium size).

The kitchen is asking for paper coffee filters (any type), and the bush crew still needs chainsaw bar oil.

As we approach Holy Week and Easter, our energies are going into preparations for the coming solemnities. You are close to us in all of this as we carry you in gratitude for your great and loving hearts.

Each day the community prays specifically for your needs and intentions. May the joy of Easter bring you new life.

In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (April 2013)


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