The Largo Community Recreation Center craft class had a busy 2008. The group made more than 400 items, ranging from shawls to baby caps, receiving blankets and scarves, and donated them to hospitals, nursing homes, homeless people and others in need. The crafters are hoping to be just as productive in the new year. That's where REX readers come in. If you have yarn to donate to Dorothy McDade and the rest of her classmates, it would be most appreciated. Please call Dorothy at (727) 584-0983 to learn more.
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Need any Xerox copier parts? D. F. Jewett of St. Petersburg has a model he estimates to be about 10 years old (the XE Series, complete with instruction booklet) up for grabs. It doesn't work (needs a new drum and toner), but he figures it might be useful to someone who is looking for extra parts or someone who wants to fix it up and get it running again. You can reach him at (727) 397-3612.
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Caroline Kromphardt of New Port Richey is in a bit of a jam. She likes to make kumquat marmalade, but her kumquat tree, which used to be quite productive, is dying. If you have any kumquats to give Caroline so she can keep her marmalade-making hobby going, please call her at (727) 372-6455.
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Are you an experienced needleworker? If so, Mary Nizowitz of Clearwater may have something that will be of interest to you. She has a 21- by 27-inch canvas of a lady reading a book by an artist named Fragonard and all the thread needed to complete the needlepoint project. She finished one herself and said it is "quite beautiful.'' You can give Mary a call at (727) 531-1254.
Give old cards new life
It's not too late to add your name to the list of readers who are interested in giving new life to old cards. If you would like to receive the cards, send your name, address and phone number to us via snail mail or e-mail (both addresses are at the bottom of the column). If you have any special requests (such as Christmas cards only, card fronts only, Peanuts cards only), include those too. We must receive your information by Wednesday (Jan. 14). We'll publish the list in the Jan. 24 column.
Lydia Steinseifer of St. Petersburg wrote in to say the response to her recent request for vintage typing paper (her son is an aspiring writer who uses a typewriter) was "surprising and delightful!'' She had seven calls, most on the day the request ran, and she has picked up several reams of the paper. "Thank you all!'' she says.
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