Ex-shelter dweller taking first steps into home-at-last

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started” – Mark Twain, American author and humorist. Regardless of the circumstances, whether victim of a natural disaster – fire, flood, hurricane, quake – or personal tragedy such as job loss, accident, addiction, or illness – picking oneself up, getting started to start over is definitely challenging. Thankfully, sharing a need with Mailbag readers creates awareness of what’s happening, hopefully bringing helping hands within reach.

Needs help setting up housekeeping

“I have finally gotten an apartment, but have nothing to furnish it, no small appliances, dishes, utensils, etc., and Tom Doucette, assistant executive director at H.E.A.R.T.S. Peer Support and Crisis Respite Center, suggested I contact Chris’ Mailbag,” says Jo L. of Nashua (LTR 3,369). “If someone has a bureau, a futon and a floor lamp, those would be a tremendous help to me. Also, small appliances such as a microwave oven, toaster oven, etc. would be much appreciated as well. Thank you to your readers for any help anyone could give me.” Writer, Mark Twain, aka Samuel L. Clemens, was also quoted saying “kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Hopefully, some kind folks with offers to help will give Jo a call at 718-4656.

Needs sheets ‘fit for a king’

“I have a ‘royal’ request, well sort of. I need a set of sheets for a king-size bed,” says Lisa T. of Nashua (LTR 2,452). “My old sheets from a full-size bed are way, way too small. The larger sheet sizes are much more expensive than twin and full, and with money a little tight, too, I would really appreciate it if someone has an extra set. I can pick up.” Bedding manufacturers introduced larger mattresses in the 1940s, later standardized as queen and king sizes. Initially the larger beds didn’t make much of an impact on the market until the 1950s when Bedding Magazine stated that Americans were growing taller, a more positive selling point than wider, ahem! Good thinking! If you can help Lisa ‘cover the expense’ of a king-size sheet set, she would appreciate a call at 820-2814.

Cooks Country, Cooks Illustrated – good reading, good eating

“I have several years of both Cooks Country and Cooks Illustrated magazines that I am interested in donating,” writes Charlene L. of Hudson (LTR 3,321). “Thanks so much for your assistance. You have helped so many over time and myself in the past. Thanks again.” Cook’s Country’s large size, full-color, ad-free magazine, packed with succulent recipes, equipment resources and how-to guides will have your home-cooked meal turning out perfectly. Cook’s Illustrated features recipes and tutorials, helpful regardless of your current cooking skill level, to prepare meals your whole family will love. For some really cool recipes and most likely some cool weather meal plans, as well, Charlene can be reached at 1-401-641-3950.

Has 100 cup coffee maker; 18 quart roaster

“I have a 100 cup coffee maker and an 18 quart roaster that bakes, roasts, or can be use to keep food warm,” says Janet M. of Litchfield (LTR 3,370). “Hope to find someone that can use these things. If anyone is interested they would have to pick them up.” These appliances sound ideal for an organization, etc. If the timing of these offers ‘rings a bell’ as being needed by your group, organization, agency, etc., contact Janet via email at: janmjimm@yahoo.com.

Contact Chris’ Mailbag by emailing christine.graham33@gmail.com or sending mail to Chris’ Mailbag c/o The Telegraph, 110 Main St., Suite 1, Nashua 03060. Include full name and complete address, along with telephone number or email address for publication, if applicable. Items eligible for publication are for donation, trade or barter only; requests of items for sale or purchase will not be included.