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Reader's Exchange: Family center seeks musical instruments, craft supplies for summer projects

As if we couldn't tell by the heat, summer is here! The High Point Neighborhood Family Center in Clearwater is kicking off its summer programs, some of which are a series of arts and crafts projects with teens. The center needs tissue paper, decorative wrapping paper, craft wire and tacky glue. Another project they're doing this summer involves a "getting familiar with musical instruments" group. For this project, the center needs donations of smaller instruments, such as electric keyboards, conga drums, guitars, flutes, etc. Items can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays. The address is 5812 150th Ave. N, Clearwater. The phone number is (727) 533-0730.

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Alice of St. Petersburg wants to help her mom. Since her last hospital visit, her mom is no longer able to walk her best friend, Buddy. She is in need of a personal adult scooter, such as a Hover Round, or any other brand. Alice needs for it to be in working order, and for it to be delivered in St. Petersburg, as her mother doesn't have a car. If anyone can help Alice help her mom, and Buddy, please call (727) 244-2752.

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Colleen Nelson is another daughter trying to help her parent. Her father has been looking for an 8mm splicer/viewer. He has several home movies that he would like to edit and put on DVD for his seven children. If you can help, please call (727) 320-7136.

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Chris Sweeney also needs to convert something from the past into modern technology. Chris has many favorite record albums that need to be converted to CDs. Chris is looking for someone who has the capability to do this, and will provide the CDs. If you are this person, please call (727) 846-0308.

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Very often, people write in to Reader's Exchange because they are looking for something they used to be able to find easily, but can't any longer. That is the case for Mary Ann Koslasky. She is in desperate need of a folding lawn chair with plastic webbing or PVC tubing. She needs it because every morning she walks with her husband, who had a stroke six years ago. He uses a walker, and has two hooks on the front so that he may carry the chair, as he needs to rest along the way. The one they currently have is ripping. Mary Ann has searched high and low, but the chairs aren't available in stores anymore. She says that online the chairs would run her $30 or more, and she only paid $10 for the one she got two years ago. If anyone can help Mary Ann, she says she'll go anywhere to get one. She can be reached at

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Kathy Burge of Shady Hills is another thoughtful daughter looking to help her mother. Her mom was diagnosed with diabetes a few months ago. Kathy is looking for a few diabetic cookbooks for her. If you have any to donate to Kathy, she is in northern Pasco County and can be reached at (727) 534-9272.

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Leo Whaley is looking for a used crib and mattress. Leo can be reached via e-mail at

Send requests to Reader Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731, or e-mail Please put "REX" in the subject line. Requests will be accepted only by mail or e-mail. This is an exchange column, so we will not run items that are for sale. Readers must agree to publication of phone numbers, including area code. Due to the volume of REX requests, it might take several weeks before your item appears in the paper.

Reader's Exchange: Family center seeks musical instruments, craft supplies for summer projects 06/19/09 [Last modified: Friday, June 19, 2009 5:16pm]
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