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Reader's Exchange: Finding a home for Christmas ornaments, decor

The holidays are officially here, and although many people have already put up their Christmas decorations, there may be some who are looking for more! That is what Peggy Page of Largo is hoping. She is a Realtor, and one of her clients gave her a plethora of Christmas ornaments and decor. Peggy is specifically looking for a church, children's group (i.e. Girl Scouts) or assisted living facility or rehab that could use them. Peggy really wants to make someone's holiday bright and full of cheer. She says the ornaments are suitable for small trees, and the other decor includes things such as snowmen. Peggy is willing to deliver the items. She can be reached at (727) 420-2950.

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The Junior Girl Scouts at the High Point Neighborhood Family Center in Clearwater are also busy preparing for the holidays. They are involved in a project called Pillows for Smiles, in which they make pillows for very ill children. They are in need of material for this project, specifically cotton. The center's free after-school program is also busy making holiday projects, and they need holiday material for the sewing class, to make Christmas stockings, aprons, place mats, etc. They say that drop-off helps them out a lot, and the address is 5812 150th Ave. N, Clearwater. Call (727) 533-0730 for directions.

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Calling all crafters! Pamela Ferrer of Homosassa has a serger and some cross-stitch kits to give away. She says some of the cross-stitch kits have holiday themes. If you are interested, please call Pamela at (352) 382-0267.

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There are so many wonderful volunteers out there who take their time to enrich the lives of others. Jan Peters of Trinity is one such person. She volunteers at a Pasco County nursing home, teaching the residents how to design jewelry. Jan says the residents enjoy it a lot, and they come up with some amazing creations. However, they are running low on beads and beading supplies, and could really use a donation of these things. If you can help, please call Jan at (727) 375-5398.

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This offer should go quickly! Jane of Spring Hill has many new Christmas cards that have been sent to her by various charities, and she knows she won't use them. If you are interested in them, please call Jane at (352) 688-2828.

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Can anyone help Virginia Rudolph of Clearwater find a pair of small opera glasses? She says her sight isn't what it used to be, and she has been unable to find the glasses anywhere. If you have a pair that you no longer need, please call Virginia at (727) 724-0834.

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Dawn Danes of Clearwater has several items to give away. First, she has issues of National Geographic and Reminisce magazines. Next, Dawn has a box of Christmas cards that she suggests would be great for crafts and would like to give to anyone who could use them. Dawn can be reached at (727) 726-0357.

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Reader's Exchange: Finding a home for Christmas ornaments, decor 12/10/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 10, 2010 3:30am]
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