Eight years ago Peggy Fortner wrote in to REX asking for help in knitting mittens, hats, scarves, etc., for the children of Fairfield, Maine, where seven mills had closed down and left the town in economic dire straits. A group of knitters was formed, and one of the members gave them the aptly titled name of the Maine Knitters. For the past six years, the group has sent hats, scarves and mittens to poor children in the Northeast. Peggy says more than 1,000 hat and mitten sets have been sent this year. FedEx has supported the group by shipping the items for free. The Maine Knitters will have their annual meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Early Bird Dinner Theater Show in Clearwater. Peggy would like to invite anyone who would like to join them to please do so. There will be yarn, patterns and helpful hints to exchange. They will also be remembering Ardell Forsyth, one of the original Maine Knitters, who just passed away. Peggy can be reached at (813) 715-7133 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Calling all crafters! Mary of New Port Richey is cleaning out her closets and found several things that might be useful to someone. She has art and craft items she suggests might be useful for groups that would like to make charitable donations, for example, kits, dolls, Christmas fabrics and felt pieces. Mary also has variations of yarns that she says would make good lap robes. Also, Mary has a lot of cotton crochet thread that she would like to give to a good home. In addition, she has a box of VHS cassettes to give to someone who still has a VCR. If you are interested in any or all of these items, please call Mary at (727) 375-9190.
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Joan of Madeira Beach just got a puppy and now she needs to train her. She is hoping that someone will have a small dog crate they are not using and would be willing to donate to her. Joan can be reached at (727) 323-4477.
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Parli italiano? Karen of Zephyrhills and her family would like to learn to speak Italian. They are hoping someone has an Italian Rosetta Stone program they are not using and would give to them so they can learn. Karen can be reached at (813) 507-9662.
Maureen of Clearwater previously wrote in asking for solid colored men's neckties. They were for her daughter's work uniform. (Her daughter works as a server in Erie, Pa., and she and her fellow co-workers were having a hard time finding solid neckties.) Maureen wrote back to say that the response was overwhelming! Her daughter and the other women she works with send their deepest thanks to everyone who donated ties. They are going to get headbands in the same colors as the ties to make their uniforms a bit more "snazzy."