Posted February 27, 2015 in One Man's Scrap:
One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2015)

February is a quiet month; even its feasts, such as the Ash Wednesday and Presentation, are quiet ones. And winter, which in early February is still very much with us, has its own stillness. After our busy days, that winter stillness and the beauty of the snow can be good preparations for Mass or community prayer as we walk to our island chapel.

Among our prayers are those of gratitude, for God and you and our fellow staff workers have so many ways of providing for our needs. Here’s one example.

In recent years, we have not received enough new religious Christmas cards in donation for our needs. The staff of our handicraft center, St. Raphael’s, rose to the challenge by showing us how to use the used cards you sent to make beautiful "new" ones.

To make these cards, we used glue sticks. (Other kinds of glue distort the paper.) We also used double-sided tape and x-acto blades and now are in need of all of these. Would you have any to replenish our supply? (We make cards for various uses all year long.)

The farmers who, among other things, walk through cold fields to get to their livestock, are in need of insulated work pants—sizes W38-L32 and W40-L30.

Our gardeners, who are planning for spring, are asking for women’s rubber boots suitable for gardening, rain pants, and knee pads with Velcro straps for weeding. They now have enough bone meal, but they still need some blood meal.

The cleaning department is asking for small and medium-size rubber gloves, a variety of sizes of brooms with synthetic bristles (especially 12-inch), and corn brooms.

Because some of us are allergic to scents, we would be happy to receive unscented hand lotion and deodorant.

We are very grateful for the dental floss you sent; we are always in need if it. We also would be grateful for toothpaste and bar soap.

Our nurses are asking for muscle relaxants such as Robaxacet or Robaxisal, Vitamin B 50, and magnesium.

St. Martha’s office wants to say a big thank you for all the red pens, 2015 calendars, and 7mm lead refills for mechanical pencils. Thanks to your generosity, they have all they need of these at this time.

One request they do have, though, is for small ¾-inch binder clips. These grip a bunch of papers much better than a paper clip, and they will be a help to the subscription department of Restoration and to our schola (or choir) director.

Everything you give us for our gift shop helps the poor, and it can also help the spiritually poor. Sometimes, when people buy a medal or cross and chain and put it on, it is the first Christian sign they have ever worn.

So, the gift shop is asking for any kind of jewelry chains even if they are tangled. They also need earring backs (even unmatched ones) and watches of all kinds.

When sterling silver jewelry donations come in, the gift shop needs to appraise them. Does anyone have a sterling silver jewelry catalogue to help them do this?

We continue to pray for you each day before the Blessed Sacrament and in our community prayers. May God bless you for your love and support.

In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (February 2015)


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