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Reader's Exchange: Donation of decorations will bring holiday cheer

The holidays have arrived, and many people are beginning to decorate their Christmas trees. However, not everyone is flush with decorations. Caroline Brown, program director of High Point Neighborhood Center in Clearwater, writes that some families are in need of extra cheer. Because many people have an abundance of Christmas decorations from years past, she wonders if anyone has surplus decorations to donate. The decorations can be delivered to the center at 5812 150th Ave N, Clearwater. Call (727) 533-0730 for directions.

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Coming up with new recipes is always a challenge, especially when you have a special diet to keep in mind. Margaret Meyer of St. Petersburg is looking for a diabetic cookbook for her husband's meals. The particular book she's looking for is Taste of Home's Down-Home Diabetic Cookbook. It was published in 1995, and is no longer in print. She has searched Haslam's and other bookstores, to no avail. If you can help Margaret, please call (727) 522-2902.

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La Donna Lambert of St. Petersburg is looking for a home for her collection of embroidery floss, instruction book of stitches, and two hoops. If anyone would like to take these off her hands, she can be reached at (727) 323-1719.

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Joanne Drake was going through her adult daughter's childhood toys and came across some nursery rhyme records, as well as a child's phonograph. She says the phonograph no longer works, but she would like to play the records for her granddaughters when they come to visit. She is looking for a child's phonograph, or record player, if anyone has one they no longer use. Any help would be greatly appreciated. You can leave a message for Joanne at (727) 395-0677.

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Marilyn Conley has acquired a treasure trove for cross stitchers. She would like to give away counted cross stitch floss, fabric, counted cross stitch towels and pattern books. She thinks there are about 100 different colors of floss, and she says the floss has been sorted into two metal boxes. Marilyn can be reached by phone at (813) 968-5898 or by e-mail at

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If anyone out there has a manual for a Sharp UX-266 Digital Answering Machine, Carol Cira would be forever grateful. Hers is stuck on fax mode, and the company no longer has manuals. She really needs it fixed because the machine has a recording of her mother singing Happy Birthday to her, and her mother passed last February. It is the only recording she has of her mother's voice. Contact her at (813) 626-1177, ext. 3029, during the day only, or via e-mail at

Thank you

Teacher Kelly McGee of North Shore Elementary School wrote to thank the generous readers who called about and delivered the trunks and suitcases for the tolerance project her class is doing. She said that some of the people were directly involved in the Kindertransport, and some of the cases were actually used during the Holocaust. She said there are still people she needs to call back, and with the art teacher's help, they'll get to everyone. She also said that the students are thrilled, and that everyone at North Shore feels so much more connected to the community.

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