Welcome to the Ides of March, which, some may remember from high school Latin, was a bad day for Julius Caesar, but, let's hope, will be a good day for the busy folks in Exchange Land.
Winnie McKissock, one of our snowbird friends who will be returning North on March 29, would like buttons that can be used on children's sweaters. Winnie observes that these buttons aren't easy to find and, when available, are quite expensive.
If you have some extras in your collection, Winnie would love to have them. Please call (727) 546-4147. And, thanks, Winnie, for letting our readers know how much time they have to check the button box before you leave.
If you know someone who will be celebrating their 80th birthday on May 7, 2008, Anita Jonsdotter has a custom-made gift with a meaningful past that you may enjoy giving them.
Anita ran across an old calendar in an antiques shop and turned it into an 80th birthday gift for her husband. It consists of a beautifully framed calendar page; the top half is a picture titled "Memories Garden of 1928," with the date 7 circled. The frame measures 13 by 16 inches. Her husband has since passed away and Anita wants to share the gift with someone. She may be reached at (727) 869-9564.
John Parker has four pieces of sheet music available for pickup that probably date back to the early 1930s. They are not in the best condition, but they are complete. Please call (727) 568-9149.
Linda, the director of lifestyle enrichment at Balmoral Assisted Living & Memory Support in Palm Harbor, is hoping some snack sets or dessert sets are languishing unused in Exchange Land homes. The sets she refers to consist of a luncheon plate with an indentation for a cup, and usually the cup too. Sounds as if plans for some afternoon teas at the facility are being laid.
And, lest we ignore the gentlemen, Linda hopes some men's hats may be available to be passed along to the facility's memory unit. Drop off items at Balmoral, 2650 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor, or call (727) 781-8686.
Susan Andrews would love to hear from a REXer who smocks baby dresses. If you practice this lovely art, please call Susan at (727) 544-5097.
Wilma Krenzelak of Largo needs raw materials for the needle-wielding outreach group at Ranchero Village. The busy bees' supply has run low, and, as Wilma wisely observes, now is the time to turn out finished work, what with our Northern friends down here to help out.
Specifically, the group needs sheets, pillow cases, comforter batting, fabric, polyfill, a crochet pattern for shawls and yarn to make them up, and a pattern and yarn for knitted hats.
The needleworkers make items for the homeless (blankets, hats) and nursing homes (shawls, bibs, walker bags, wheelchair bags, small pillows and lap robes). Whew!
Wilma's phone number is (727) 538-9948. She can arrange pickups of donations in the St. Petersburg, Largo and Clearwater area.
Ellie Harrison of Bradenton is retired and does a lot of volunteering. She keeps a wheelchair to transport those who need one, but in a recent hospital stay this trusty chariot lost its left footrest. The footrest is 15 inches high, with a double prong hook that attaches to the wheelchair; the footrest can swing to the side.
Ellie has been operating with a single footrest, but she worries about the safety of the chair's passenger. Should you own an extra left footrest, please call (941) 538-3030; Ellie will pick it up at your convenience.
Jeanne Turner of New Port Richey reports that her request for a uniform shirt was filled within three days. She wants to thank REXers for their concern. This shirt will enable her friend, a disabled World War II veteran, to take part in ceremonies at his American Legion post. Special thanks goes to Commander Joe Keefe and others who made the presentation at Paradise Post 79.
"Thank you all for the overwhelming response to my request for yarn and fabric to make blankets for the children in our area," writes Judy Fielding of Project Linus. . . . "My garage is overflowing, and we will be able to provide many, many blankets for those who need them. This has to be the most compassionate group of folks in the country!"
Ginny Smith of New Port Richey was very happy to have her collection of barrel-shaped pickle jars enthusiastically welcomed into a new home. She promises that she'll have more later, after the family builds up a backlog.
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