Monday, May 24, 2010

Iris Ministries' Wish List for the orphans and schools

Ok Folks - here is a long wish list that Iris Ministries has. These things are going to the orphans, or the people they minister to. Take a look and let me know ASAP (today if possible) if you have or want to buy any of these things for me to bring. I am focusing on art and jewelry making supplies (duh ;) ) to bring!
I will let everyone know about my recent miracles and joys soon!!!!!
...I lave in four days. I feel surreal and elated.


Clothing - all sizes 5 - 18

  • Boys: shorts, tees and button down short-sleeve shirts, (dark colors please) and underwear (for ages 2-18).
  • Girls: skirts (below knee), tees and shirts (especially for ages 12 - 18), dresses and underwear (for ages 2 – 18), girl’s hair stuff.
  • Babies: girl’s preemie - 9 months.
  • Shoes: sturdy sandals. Please, no flip-flops – Crocs, Tevas, Keens are great!

    Infant supplies

  • Crib sheets
  • Cloth diapers
  • Plastic pants (0 - 18 months)
  • Bottles
  • Wipes


  • Fleece blankets – all sizes!
  • Feminine hygiene napkins (no tampons, please).
  • Batteries
  • Printer photo paper for the child care office

    Gifts (a huge need for Children's Day, June 1st)

  • Walkman CD players
  • Christian/worship music CDs in Portuguese and English
  • AA batteries
  • Durable outdoor toys: slip n' slide, kites, baseballs and gloves, sports equipment, beach games, beach toys, building blocks, soccer balls (other sport balls, too)
  • Legos (in small boxes)
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Nail polish
  • Lip balm
  • Earrings
  • Small notebooks for journals
  • Watches (for teen boys and girls)
  • Water guns – etc.
  • **Please no Frisbees or stuffed animals.


    (If questioned by customs, please say that all items are for personal/private use only)

  • Garbage/Rubbish bags: big and small
  • Glass slides for under a microscope
  • Children's chewable multivitamins
  • Glue for wound closure
  • Anti-fungal cream
  • Iodine ointment
  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • Chloramphenicol and erythromycin eye ointments
  • Rolls of mefix tape
  • Gauze bandages: 3, 5 and 10 cm wide
  • Non-sterile gauze squares: 5 x 5cm
  • Gauze balls (not cotton wool)
  • Non-adherent dressings
  • Flamazine and jelonet for burns dressings
  • Non-absorbable nylon suture (2/0)
  • Straight lancet blades; size 15 and 24
  • Stitch cutter blades
  • Non-sterile and sterile gloves; sizes medium and large only
  • Oral rehydration sachets (ORS)... Ideally we would like the sachets that make a liter of solution rather than the more regular 200 mls sachets
  • 5ml Medicine Spoons for children's medicines

General Center Needs

  • USB Flash Drives (10)
  • 30 similar Walkie-Talkies (that work together) to help our guards monitor security
  • Small hand-held flashlights


  • Keyboard cover for an Apple MacBook
  • Microphones (corded and cordless)
  • Guitar tuner
  • 9V Batteries
  • Digital camera
  • Video camera
  • Bass guitar
  • Guitar strings
  • Tents

Pastor’s Bible School

  • Reading glasses (Can be bought at Wal-Mart, please keep prescription sticker attached)
  • Portuguese-English Dictionaries (small pocket-sized ones are ideal)
  • Men’s T-shirts (Small and Medium sizes)
  • Flip-flops
  • Hats

Sewing School

  • Small sharp thread-cutting scissors
  • Scissor for cutting fabric- 9inch in length or longer
  • Shirring elastic-very fine elastic purchased by the spool able to be sewn into a zigzag stitch
  • Large eye needles – require larger quality steel
  • 6-8 inch zippers (dark colors) – quality
  • Seam rippers
  • Dressmaking pins- thicker quality long pins
  • Seat belt webbing- able to be purchased by the yard- need 20 meters
  • Universal sewing machine needles 80/90/100
  • Simple children’s and adult sewing patterns-dresses
  • Simple craft patterns

Carpentry School

  • Please bring brand name tools like Craftsmen or Snap On
  • Industrial quality wood turning chisels – long handled set
  • Wood turning sizing calipers- internal and external large and small
  • Wood screws-40mm-75mm-1 ½ -3 inches
  • 4 inch-100mm loose pin brass or zinc plated door hinges and screws
  • 6inch-125mm double ended bench grinder with tool sharpening stones-
  • Fine and coarse oil stones-for sharpening tools
  • Bits for drill –mainly smaller sizes (phillips/regular, metric bits)
  • 18-20 oz carpenters hammers – quality brands please
  • Pop rivet gun and rivets aluminum
  • Builders braided lines
  • Long quality spirit levels-2 feet (600mm) and longer
  • Chisel drills – flat high speed – range of sizes
  • Metric builders tapes 5-8 meters
  • Wood handsaws – sharp, hardened points, please not cheap brands-check sharpness
  • Industrial quality hacksaw blades
  • Leather work gloves for concrete work
  • Ear protectors for noise control-earphone type
  • Industrial quality wood turning chisels – long handled set
  • Quality planes –“Bailey” or “Stanley” #4 or #5 size

Prayer Ministry

Prayer tools for children:

  • Prayer spinner (see website:
  • Squeezable globes, anywhere from several hand-held size ones to 1-2 soccer ball sized ones
  • This may sound funny: cardboard swords. Not too giant but can be made by someone artsy or purchased if there is such a thing
  • White roll paper to cover walls for 24-7 prayer (facilitates prophetic art in prayer room)

    Curriculum for children’s prayer:

See website: for ideas

  • What About The Children? By Esther Ilnisky (need to search on web; may be out of print but used is okay)
  • The 7 Essentials Of Kids’ Prayer
  • An Hour Of Kids’ Prayer
  • The Dream Giver in Portuguese (e-mail me for order info if can’t find it on web search)

Art Classes

  • Ink pads (for stamp art) –qty. 20?
  • Refill ink for stamp pads
  • Brown paper lunch bags – qty 60
  • Black construction paper
  • Multi colored construction paper
  • White drawing paper or copy paper
  • Soft lead drawing pencils, 2b – 6b or ebony jet black extra smooth
  • Blending stumps/tortillions for pencil drawing – qty. 30
  • Kneaded erasers – qty 15
  • Liquid glue – qty 20
  • Glue sticks – qty 40
  • Colored pencils – Crayola or Roseart or comparable – good quality please
  • Markers –Crayola or Roseart or comparable brand – good quality please
  • Watercolor paint pallets – prang or …? - good quality please
  • Tissue paper – multicolored and white
  • Sandpaper – variety of grades
  • Yarn – variety of colors
  • Wooden popsicle sticks
  • Cookie cutters for use with clay/dough
  • Seed beads and pony beads
  • Hardware for jewelry –
  • Earring wires
  • Metal rings for key chains & etc.
  • Necklace closures
  • Cutting mat for use with x-acto knives
  • X-acto knives and replacement blades
  • Stapler - good quality please – the type that will open –(main use is for attaching
  • Children’s artwork to bulletin boards)
  • Staples – 2-3 boxes, (we go through them pretty fast)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Masking tape
  • Dry erase markers
  • Special projects or kits—please take into account that the children come to the art room by dorms. The numbers can be upwards of 40 at one time but usually is under 30.

Art supplies we currently have plenty of:

  • Tempera paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Foam shapes
  • Pom-poms
  • Crayons
  • Coloring books
  • Scissors
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Rulers
  • Plastic laces

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