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Reader's Exchange: All-occasion greeting cards up for grabs

One of the most commonly requested and offered items in the Reader's Exchange is greeting card fronts. Many people have an abundance, and people always seem to be looking for them. That's what Mary Jones of St. Petersburg is counting on. She has about 15 years worth of all-occasion greeting cards that she would love to see go to a good home. If you are in need of cards, please call Mary at (727) 897-9218.

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It always feels good to surprise the ones you love. That is what Irene of Largo would like to do. Irene was going through her deceased grandmother's belongings and came across a recipe for pizzelle cookies. Irene's elderly mother lives with her, and Irene would love to surprise her mom by making the cookies. The only problem is she needs a pizzelle waffle-type iron to accomplish this. If anyone has one they are not using, Irene will be happy to pick it up. She can be reached via e-mail at, or by phone at (727) 423-4333.

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Leona Sanborn of Palm Harbor is looking for a mannequin, which she will use for fittings. If you have one you are willing to part with, Leona will pick it up. She can be reached at (727) 781-6335.

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Donna Balch of Spring Hill has yards and yards of fabric to donate to a business, school or theater. Donna acquired this fabric from many years of costuming for dance and children's theater. She is willing to deliver this fabric anywhere in the Times' readership area. If you are an organization that could use this fabric, please call Donna at (352) 540-0396, or e-mail her at

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Jeanne Mansfield of St. Petersburg has been searching for a particular song, to no avail, and hopes that someone in Exchangeland will have it. She is looking for the piano sheet music to a song called The Storm. The music depicts a spring day with a storm approaching. In the song, the storm intensifies with the sound of thunder and fire bells, then recedes back to the spring day. Jeanne says this piece was originally given to her in 1953. She says she has tried to find it on the Internet, but the search seems to yield every song named The Storm except the one she's looking for. Jeanne would be very happy with a copy. She can be reached at (727) 896-4964 after 4 p.m.

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Semper fi! Helga Kenny of Tampa has a very special request that she would like for her husband, John, who is retired from the Marines and Air Force. John is in a nursing home due to several strokes, and has been asking Helga for his Marine handbook from 1952. Helga doesn't think they ever had this book, but because she thinks John may not have much time left, she is really hoping to borrow one from a kind fellow Marine, to be returned. If you can fulfill this request, Helga will be very grateful. She can be reached at home at (813) 839-8070, or on her cell phone at (813) 598-6743. Helga also wishes to remind people that patients in nursing homes always welcome visitors, and that they are often needed by those who have no one.

Send requests to Reader's Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731, or e-mail Please put "REX" in the subject line. 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, including area code. Due to the volume of REX requests, it might take several weeks before your item appears in the paper.

Reader's Exchange: All-occasion greeting cards up for grabs 04/22/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 22, 2011 4:30am]
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