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Reader's Exchange: Dollmakers have material needs

Editor's note: Some of these items are running again because they didn't appear in all editions of the St. Petersburg Times.

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Jeanne Cellini belongs to the Doll Makers, a group of women who make rag dolls that they distribute to children's hospitals, Ronald McDonald houses and the like. The group needs fabric, lace, fiberfill and thread. The group also is looking for people who can sew. They meet at the Cares Center in New Port Richey from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. To contact Jeanne, call (813) 746-5594 or e-mail her at

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Heidi Sumner of the Diocese of St. Petersburg wrote in with a request for the people who volunteer at the Hillsborough Correctional Institution. The facility is the only faith-based women's prison in Florida. The facility relies on volunteers from Sun City Center, Kings Point and other retirement communities to mentor the women in education, life skills and training in a variety of fields. A working electric golf cart is needed to help older volunteers travel across the sprawling prison grounds. If you can help, please call Heidi at (727) 344-1611, ext. 414, and leave a message.

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Susan Foster works with First Baptist Church of Clearwater, and the church's youth group is building homes for the homeless in Honduras. To complete this project, the group is in desperate need of tools. Specifically needed are levels, saws, hammers, power drills and power saws. Susan says she will be happy to pick them up anywhere. She can be reached at (727) 391-5825.

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Deena of St. Petersburg is an art teacher at North Shore Elementary. Her daughter is very interested in playing in the school's band, so Deena is searching for a saxophone for her. If you can help, please contact Deena at (727) 373-8051.

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Learning of all of the creative ideas that people come up with is so inspiring! Donna Hastie of Gulfport is one of those creative people, and she makes quilts out of old graphic T-shirts. Her supply is running low, so she is hoping that some REXers will have old graphic T-shirts they are willing to part with. She would gladly pick them up. Donna can be reached at (727) 289-2766.

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Lou McDowell of Clearwater is a faithful REXer who is hoping to find a few things. First, she is looking for a 32-inch TV. The one she has now is 19 inches. She says that she is a senior citizen and even with glasses she can hardly see it. The TV doesn't have to be flat screen, Lou says, but it would be nice. Lou is also looking for the lyrics to songs she used to sing as a youth. One contains these lyrics: "Little boy/girl . . . with your hair of gold, perhaps you were never told of hey diddle the cat and the fiddle and the cow jumping over the moon." The next song was one she sang at church, and it began with "Living temples are we, always striving to be perfect in his sight, strong to do the right." If you can help Lou, please call her at (727) 524-1144.

Reader's Exchange: Dollmakers have material needs 10/12/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 4:31am]
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