As John Keats, the English poet, said in his poem, "To Autumn," this time of year is a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. We enjoyed the summer God sent us, and we are grateful for any mild days in the fall.
The staff in the gift shop are especially grateful for the jewelry and other items you sent, and all summer they have been selling them to help the poor all around the world.
Now, after a busy summer, they are looking for some more things to fill up their shelves. The following items are especially popular these days: miniature china animals and other figurines, chess sets or other board games, charms for bracelets and bracelets for charms, vintage and antique religious medals and vintage jewelry, any unusual letter openers, and men’s billfolds.
They could also use those little 7-watt light bulbs for the lanterns which shine on their displays.
The kitchen is always busy, cooking enough food for us and for the people who came through our blue door. They want to thank you for the hand mixers you sent which are helping them a lot and for the book matches. They are now asking for herbal tea, either loose or in tea bags.
The woman who is in charge of the cleaning department is so grateful for the many things you have sent. Cleaning is an ongoing job, and at this time she would be happy for any manual carpet sweepers or upright vacuum cleaners, Murphy’s Wood Soap, bar soap, and unscented hand lotion.
For the end of season window cleaning, 12-inch and 8-inch squeegees would be a great help. They are also good for cleaning showers.
We could also use small and medium sized rubber gloves and long handled bottle brushes. Any dental floss would be great; but refills for the Gum type of floss would be especially useful.
People often get colds in the fall, and the nurses want to be well-prepared. They are asking for vitamin C, regular strength aspirin, extra strength Tylenol, and cold medication.
The office is asking for a few things this month: pens and pencils, (mechanical pencils especially), Scotch tape of all kinds (especially refill rolls for dispensers) and #10 security envelopes.
The handicraft department is in need of some white glue, elastic for sewing and some double-sided tape. They have also been learning felting and would love some sharp felting needles.
Some of our departments need AA batteries, so if you have any you can send, we would be very grateful.
Once again, we thank you for your ongoing generosity. Know that we depend on it and that we keep you in our prayers.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (October 2013)
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