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Reader's Exchange: Art supplies sought

One of the most wonderful things about the Reader's Exchange is finding out about all of the amazing people out there who spend their time giving back to others. Jeanne Creech of Safety Harbor is one of those people. She works at Goodwill Industries-Suncoast as a trainer and also places people in jobs. Through this work, she connected with a gentleman who has tremendous artistic talent. She says he has won nearly 20 awards for his oils, watercolors, pencil and charcoal drawings, as well as for his metalsmithing and jewelry. Unfortunately, during the hurricanes of 2004, he lost all of his art supplies and his portfolio. Because he has not been able to afford the art supplies that he needs to resume his work, Jeanne is requesting donations of art supplies: oils, watercolors, canvases, watercolor paper, a used easel, brushes, linseed oil, varnish, any metalsmithing supplies, etc. Jeanne is hoping to find people who have these supplies that they are not using anymore to give to this gentleman, who she says is deserving and wants to share his considerable talents with others. Jeanne is willing to pick up any and all donations, and she may be reached at (727) 804-2494.

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Judy of Largo has something that many people always want: used greeting cards! She says they are of all occasions, and the bag she has of them is 20 inches high. If you want them, she says to come on and get them. Judy can be reached at (727) 531-4573.

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Faithful REXer Lucie Somers wrote in with a request of a totally different nature for her. She is looking for babushkas, or head scarves, that someone may not want anymore. Lucie says they were very popular during the 1940s and '50s. Lucie also wishes to thank all of the people who have donated cards, recipes and stamps to her. If you have the babushkas she is looking for, they can be mailed to 1415 Main St., Lot 19, Dunedin, FL 34698.

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It's never too early to start preparing for the next holiday season. Evelyn Barenholtz of Clearwater is hoping that someone will have snowman knitting patterns so that she can knit sweaters for her grandsons. She says she has been to the fabric stores to look for them, to no avail. If you can help Evelyn, call her on her cell phone, which is a Syracuse, N.Y., number: (315) 278-5034.

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Beverly Parkinson is a snowbird from Philadelphia who comes to Clearwater to spend her winters with her Canadian friends. They really enjoy having tea together, but her friend's teapot has a broken top. It is a six-cup Pyrex teapot, and Beverly says her friend has searched the thrift stores looking for a replacement. She is after the top, which is 5 inches round and glass with a lip on each side and the word Pyrex printed on it. If you can help Beverly, please call her at (727) 507-9789.

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Lucille Wilson of the Ladies of the Suncoast Cathedral of St. Petersburg, "A Labor of Love Ministry," wrote in to request baby yarn for her knitting group. They make afghans, hats, booties and more for the Pregnancy Center. If you have any leftover baby yarn that you are willing to donate, please call Lucille at (727) 570-8263.

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: Art supplies sought 02/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 25, 2011 3:30am]
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