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Reader's Exchange: Couple would like ceramic tabletop Christmas tree with built-in lights

The holidays are over, and although many have begun to put away their Christmas decorations, some people enjoy keeping theirs up year-round. That is the case for Renee Taylor's elderly in-laws. They had an electric ceramic tabletop Christmas tree with built-in lights and loved displaying it all year because of the soft light it gave off. Unfortunately, it recently broke, and Renee is hoping to find another one for them. She says the tree gave them joy and comfort, and they are heartbroken not to have it anymore. If you have one that you would like to part with, please contact Renee via e-mail at

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Recently, Donna Alfonso was given the opportunity to run an after-school program for a church in Spring Hill. Donna knows that it takes a village to raise a child, and a village to keep things running. Therefore, she wonders if some of you in REX land would be able to donate Lincoln Logs, Legos, blocks, Matchbox cars and a car carpet, baby dolls and clothes, Mancala, checkers and any game, toy or sports equipment no longer in use but in working condition. If you can help, please e-mail Donna at with information about your donation to the after-school program. Donna thanks you in advance and says that every small donation makes a huge difference.

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A while back, Sage Chaney of Clearwater started a mah-jongg group. The group has been very successful, and membership is growing. Because of that, she is looking for mah-jongg sets and racks (older sets will be revered, she says). If you have a set to donate, please call Sage at (727) 536-8897.

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Claudette Guay of Dunedin is looking for the manual for a Canon Power Shot A 1000 IS digital camera. She can't use the camera to its full advantage without the manual. If you have one that Claudette may have or copy, please call her at (727) 733-2504.

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Joyce Rizzo of Largo is having a problem. She has a series of Video Buddy VCR tapes, and says she plans to always have a VCR, but the wire that connects the interactive mechanical handset component has broken. Joyce, who has four grandchildren who enjoy the activities, hopes that a family who has outgrown the system is willing to part with it, as the system is no longer available through the manufacturer. She can be reached by phone at (727) 581-0495, or via e-mail at

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Here's an offer that will be grabbed up in a hurry! Patty of Clearwater has an iMac, monitor, keyboard, mouse and touch screen, which can be removed, to donate to a good home. She says the touch screen is great for children or for anyone who has difficulty with a mouse. The computer belonged to her mother, who is recently deceased. If you are interested, please call Patty at (727) 535-5325.

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Judy of Largo has a Hewlett Packard Photosmart 2410 fax/copier/printer to give to whomever can use it. It has memory card slots for digital photos. If you are interested, please call Judy at (727) 596-1985.

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Reader's Exchange: Couple would like ceramic tabletop Christmas tree with built-in lights 01/07/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 3:30am]
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