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Posted October 31, 2014 in One Man's Scrap:
One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (October 2014)

In October, the trees fill our land with color—the reds of maples, the bronze of oaks, and the clear yellows of birches. Busloads of tourists come to view them. Then the winds bring the leaves down in showers, and they cushion the earth helping to insulate it during the cold winter months.

At this time of year we are especially grateful that you helped us to feed and house the young people who came for our summer program, that you kept our gift shop and bookshop stocked (making donations to the poor in several countries possible), and that you supported us through your prayers and sacrifices.

The gift shop sends a big thank you for the wonderful jewelry donations and the Russian Matryoshka dolls. The earrings were especially popular, and the dolls were sold almost as soon as they were put on the shelf. The staff thank you, too, for the pricing stickers, which they always need.

This time, the gift shop is looking for more earrings, for sterling silver jump rings for sterling medals, and for watch bands, especially leather and cloth.

Some of our staff members repair special rosaries for sale, and they are asking for 22 gage wire, either silver or gold colored.

The office is grateful for all supplies you sent. They are now so well-stocked that they don’t have any needs at this time.

The fallen leaves are used by the gardeners as mulch, and because they don’t use harmful chemicals, they use bone meal as a fertilizer. They are in need of more bone meal.

And if you have any women’s-size rubber boots suitable for gardening, knee pads with Velcro straps for weeding, or apple-size plastic balls, they would be grateful. (They use the balls, which they paint red, as traps for apple maggots.)

The laundry is still looking for pre-soak aids like Oxyclean or Enzymatic.

The cleaning department is taking advantage of the cooler weather to give the house a good cleaning. They need corn brooms and long headed (12-inch) magnetic brooms, rubber gloves of every size, bottle brushes with long handles, bar soap, and empty spray bottles.

Toothpaste and unscented hand lotion are ongoing needs of the community.

Last, but certainly not least, we have a request from the men who have to use loud machines which are hard on their ears. Would you have any hearing protection—such as ear plugs—for them? Also, they are always in need of safety glasses.

As the autumn leaves fall, we thank God for the many gifts he has given us. We thank you, too, for all your help and support throughout the year, and we remember you in our prayers as well.

In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (October 2014)

 

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