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Reader's Exchange: Elderly Pasco cancer patient seeks transportation to Bay Pines VA hospital

Kenneth Davey of Holiday wrote in with a request that he says is out of left field, but he is hoping that some kind person in REX land will be able to fulfill it. Kenneth is an 80-year-old veteran whose wife is disabled. Last year, Kenneth had to have part of his lung removed due to cancer, and earlier this year the cancer returned to another part of his body. He has gone through radiation and chemotherapy at the Bay Pines VA hospital in St. Petersburg, but he lives in Pasco County, and he doesn't have a car. He has to take three buses for a 3 1/2-hour trip each way to be able to get treatment. Because of all this, he hopes that someone has a vehicle that they aren't using and would be willing to donate to him. He says even an electric scooter would help. If you can help Kenneth, please call him at (727) 815-1563.

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Claudine D. of Citrus County is another one of those wonderful people who knit for charity. She makes afghans to benefit the Ehler's Danlos Syndrome, or EDS Foundation. EDS is a connective tissue disorder that causes the joints to dislocate at will, and there is no known cure. This cause is especially personal to Claudine, as she, her daughter and possibly her granddaughter all suffer from the disorder. She is looking for donations of clean yarn so that she may make the afghans. She is willing to pick them in Citrus County. If you can help her, please call (352) 613-0512, and leave a message.

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Kathy of St. Petersburg likes to take small bouquets to people to brighten their day. The trouble is, she is in need of small vases to put them in. If you have any extra small vases that aren't being used, please call Kathy at (727) 328-1769.

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Aspiring writers or anyone who likes collecting typewriters will enjoy this offer. Evelyn of St. Petersburg has a small, portable, electric Panasonic typewriter that she is looking to donate to someone who will get good use from it. She says it is in good, working condition. To pick it up, call Evelyn at (727) 894-5483.

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Two REXers wrote in with similar offers. Ms. Bettie of St. Petersburg has Campbell's soup labels and empty medium bottles to give to whoever would like them. She can be reached at (727) 896-2088. Lois Gail, also of St. Petersburg, has gallon plastic water bottles with caps that she would like to give away. She suggests that they might be made into luminaries, or used for some other project. She can be reached at (727) 898-0482.

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Here is a truly unique request! Jan Dutton of Small Adventures Bookshop in Gulfport, unearthed 30 copies of Latvian folk songs in the bookstore. There are enough of the booklets for a crowd of people who remember the language, tradition and songs of the Baltic country before the war. Jan is looking for a Latvian-speaking group or society that likes to sing. She hopes such a group would like to take these books; she also has a few books in Lithuanian and Russian. If you are interested, please leave a message for Jan at (727) 347-8732, or e-mail her at

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Reader's Exchange: Elderly Pasco cancer patient seeks transportation to Bay Pines VA hospital 08/06/10 [Last modified: Thursday, August 5, 2010 12:35pm]
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