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Reader's Exchange: Center for Great Apes in Wauchula could use human assistance

Jo Bean of Belleair wrote in to say how fortunate she feels to be able to volunteer for the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula. The facility, which is not open to the public, is solely dedicated to the chimps and orangutans that live there. The animals have been rescued from the entertainment industry and from people who thought they could raise them as pets. Jo says the center relies entirely on donations. Among the items on the center's wish list are bed linens (clean or unused), heavy plastic toys, polar fleece blankets, plastic laundry baskets, sprinklers (garden and children's), large rubber or plastic traffic cones, unused socks, plastic children's pools (not inflatable), gardening tools and carpet samples. The following items are needed for the health center: Pedialyte, Cosequin (a joint supplement), chewable baby aspirin, chewable vitamin C and baby wipes. Jo says food items are needed as well, and that list can be found on the center's website, If you can help with any of these items, Jo would be happy to pick them up. She can be reached at (727) 444-4426.

Jo is also looking for someone who can use a steady supply of plastic bottle caps.

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Can anyone help Inez Kelsall of New Port Richey find a special teddy bear? She is looking specifically for Honey Bear, which comes from Publix. The bear is brown, about a foot high, and wears a red velvet bow. The bear is for a conure, a small parrot that loves to cuddle with teddy bears. Inez used to own the parrot, but had to give it away. However, she still supplies the bird with its beloved teddy bears. If you can help Inez, she is willing to pick up the bear in the New Port Richey-Hudson area. She can be reached at (727) 856-1584.

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Edwina of New Port Richey would like to bring some music into someone's life! She has more than 50 vinyl 78 rpm records to give to a good home. She says they are mostly classical but there are a few records from Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis and others in the mix. If you are interested, please call Edwina at (727) 847-3457.

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J. Kay Rose of Dunedin is in desperate need of a car. The car she had burned to a crisp on New Year's Day, and due to her medical conditions she cannot walk to make it to the bus stop. She is 76 and needs the car to get to doctor appointments. If anyone can help Kay, please call her at (727) 733-4032.

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Nancy Eggert of Dunedin has several items she would like to give away. She has 305 champagne, wine and plastic corks that she is ready to part with. Nancy also has many old magazines she would like to see go to good use. Among them are Sails and Multihulls, Air & Space, Air Force, Sports Aviation, Scientific American and National Geographic. If you are interested in any or all of these items, please contact Nancy at (727) 734-9872.

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Lou McDowell of Clearwater is looking for a laptop computer with Windows XP so that she can establish a home-based business. Her back problems make it difficult to sit at a desk for too long, so a laptop would be ideal. If you can help Lou, please call her at (727) 524-1144.

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Reader's Exchange: Center for Great Apes in Wauchula could use human assistance 09/02/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 2, 2011 4:30am]
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