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Reader Exchange: Helping the man who fixes power wheelchairs

A reader dropped us a note to let us know about an unusual person he recently met at his barber shop, a person some REXers may find beneficial to know. We'll briefly tell you the story and let you decide about that.

Corey is the man's name, and his hobby is fixing discarded power wheelchairs and donating them to needy elderly people who don't qualify for insurance help to get this kind of equipment.

Corey performs this service in his spare time and invests his own money. He told our informant that doing what he does gives him time with his son, who helps refurbish the wheelchairs they come across. Helping others also makes him happy, makes him feel warm inside.

Our reader was struck by the man's sincerity and thought that, if he wrote to the newspaper, at the least people would know a place where power chairs could be donated and recycled. Our reader's letter continues: "And it never hurts to remind people that there are nice guys out there toiling away for others for no other reason than 'to feel warm inside.' Like I said, his name is Corey and his number is (727) 432-3411."

Both Evelyn Saucier of Brooksville and her daughter own Black & Decker bread machines, but the daughter's baking pan is having to do double duty since the gasket of Evelyn's pan deteriorated. Since the company has informed Evelyn that replacement pans are no longer available, this back and forth baking could go on for quite a while.

We agree with Evelyn: It is a waste to discard a perfectly fine bread machine for lack of a baking pan. So she hopes someone in Exchange Land has a defunct Black & Decker bread machine, model B1620, that no longer needs its baking pan and paddle. If you are that person, and you are willing to pass these items along to Evelyn, please call (352) 597-0587; she'll be glad to pick them up or pay the postage to mail them.

Pam is involved in a national effort (501(c) 3) called the Pajama Program, which collects new pajamas for children of all ages who live in children's homes and foster care. It is so sad but so true that many of these boys and girls arrive at a new place with only the clothes on their back. Pajama Program is determined that each has a cozy pair of pajamas to sleep in and keep with them wherever they may move. For more information on donating pajamas, please call Pam at (941) 685-1193 or e-mail [email protected]

Charles Haig urgently needs a CCD-TRV608 Video Hi 8 camcorder, which he can return after using it if need be. The World War II veteran was in the midst of transferring keepsake pictures to DVD when his camera stopped working; Sony wanted a lot of money to repair it. Please call (352) 597-1210.

Kathy Karagozian of Trinity recently started new hobbies: making cards and rubber stamping. Though her friends are many, Kathy foresees that her circle can absorb a finite number of her cards, so she is expanding her horizons. Kathy hopes to tap into individuals living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities who feel shut in and lonely and would appreciate receiving handmade cards periodically.

Kathy hopes readers will e-mail names and addresses of folks who need this kind of cheering: Her online address is [email protected] It's a great way to spread pleasure while getting to practice this addictive hobby. A perfect solution.

Should you be thinking of getting rid of any copies of John W. Schaum's Finger Power for Piano or Organ, Florence King of Gulfport wants dibs on them. Please call (727) 323-3246.

Ray Adams writes on behalf of a resident in an assisted living facility who could make excellent use of a reading machine for the visually impaired. Poor vision and age make it difficult for this lady to get to a reading machine, so having one in her quarters where she could read her mail and the newspaper would be ideal. If you have a reading machine that can be pressed into service, please call Ray at (813) 633-8232.

Myron Abood has a request that the staff doesn't recall having handled before. We'll let him describe what he needs:

"My wedding ceremony in June 1954 was artfully documented by a dear friend with his 3-D camera. That's the process that produces two lifelike slide images that must be viewed with special glasses or a handheld viewer. If you owned a projector that would display the combined slides on a large screen you were indeed fortunate and financially well off, I might add. The handheld viewer accompanied the photographer's presentation as a gift to the newlyweds.

"The handheld viewer has so far survived makeshift alterations and hard-to-find bulbs. To date, after extensive searching, I have been unable to acquire the projector that would allow me and my family the joy of reliving that momentous occasion. I fervently hope that such a projector can be located."

Myron may be reached at (727) 864-9127.

Send requests to Reader Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg 33731 or e-mail [email protected] Requests will be accepted only by mail or e-mail. This is an exchange column, so we will not run items that are for sale. Readers must agree to publication of phone numbers.

Reader Exchange: Helping the man who fixes power wheelchairs 04/04/08 [Last modified: Friday, April 4, 2008 5:30am]
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