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Reader's Exchange: Button eyes would help put a face on puppets

Last week, we ran the list of those who would like to receive greeting cards. Rebecca Butcher of St. Petersburg was left off the list, so this week we are running her address. Rebecca would like all types of cards, new and used, and they may be sent to 354 13th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Rebecca is also looking for buttons to use as eyes for puppets, and a lightweight folding lawn chair. Rebecca is a big fan of two famous 1970s TV shows, so she is looking for all Partridge Family and/or Brady Bunch music, stories, DVDs, VHS tapes, records, CDs, posters, buttons and giftwrap. Rebecca can be reached at (727) 823-0435 between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. (she's a night owl!).

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The Dorcas Workers of Community Bible Baptist Church in St. Petersburg were on the list of card recipients, and had another request that couldn't fit in last week's column. They are in need of used sheets any color and size. The sheets are cut into strips and then mailed to "Samaritans' Purse" in Jacksonville. From there they are sent overseas to impoverished areas, where nurses use them as covers for bandages for the wounded. The sheets may be left at Community Bible Baptist Church, 3800 17th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. They are to be left at the church office, which is in the alley. The phone number is (727) 323-4907.

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Rose Hildebrand of Clearwater is looking for a large ceramic Christmas tree. She also hopes to find out where she can buy raisin pie filling, as she knows the company Comstock no longer makes it. Rose may be reached at (727) 799-8682.

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Marie Morrell of Spring Hill is looking for a carrier for Matchbox cars. She says it is for her great-grandson, who has many Matchbox cars and is using a shoebox to carry them in. If you can help Marie, please call her at (352) 683-0459.

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Sometimes it's possible to live with something that you never use for years! That is the case for Berdie Plouff and her family. When they moved into their New Port Richey house, there was an SVE Entertainer 300 projector and Britelite Trivision Screen 4X already there, and they have never used it. Berdie says there are many beautiful slides in it from around the world, and she suggests that a school might find it useful. She says the former owner was a professional dog photographer years ago, so the slides are professional quality.

Berdie also has boxes full of greeting cards that she is ready to part with. They must be picked up. Berdie can be reached at (727) 842-5164.

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Pat Marron of Palm Harbor is searching for a 35mm disc portable slide viewer. She is trying to organize her slides so that she can put them on DVD. If you can help Pat, please call her at (727) 771-0450.

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Need some new recipes? Then you'll want to contact Helen Zirpiades of Tarpon Springs. She has cookbooks and culinary magazines to give away, including Gourmet, Taste of Home, Culinary Arts Institute and Microwave Cookbook. If you would like any or all of these, please call Helen at (727) 938-8073.

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Reader's Exchange: Button eyes would help put a face on puppets 01/21/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 21, 2011 3:30am]
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