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Reader's Exchange: Gently used children's books needed

One of the best features of REX is being made aware of all of the local groups that do wonderful things for others. This week, Mary Klein of the Pinellas Braille Group wrote in with a request for children's books for a program they have that teaches blind children how to read. The books should be gently used, early reading books, which the group will then braille and donate to blind children and their families. If you have these type of books to give to this organization, please contact Mary Klein by phone at (727) 418-8887, or via e-mail at

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Cynthia Varga of Largo has USPS boxes to give away. She has an abundance of these boxes because when her grandsons were serving in Iraq, Cynthia would frequently send them care packages. Cynthia is happy to report that both her grandsons are home, so she no longer has any use for the boxes. If you are interested, please call Cynthia at (727) 584-6402.

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Calling all quilters! Sharon Hogan of Tampa has two medium-size boxes of cotton quilt scraps to give to a good home. They had belonged to her mother, who has passed away. Sharon says her mother was a terrific hand quilter and would have loved to see the scraps go to someone who could use them. Sharon thinks they are perfect for someone who is crafting or piecing quilt tops. If you are interested, the scraps must be picked up. Sharon can be reached at (813) 879-0707.

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Ann Ratajik of Spring Hill has an old manual Remington desk typewriter that she no longer has any use for, but cannot bear to throw away. Ann would like to give it to someone who can use it, whether it be for writing or even as a prop in a play. If you are interested, please call Ann at (352) 686-7848.

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The Ladies of Suncoast Cathedral in St. Petersburg, "A Labor of Love Ministry," wrote in to thank everyone who responded to their last request for baby yarn. The group is still making afghans, booties, hats and more for the Pregnancy Center and new moms in the church, so more baby yarn is needed to keep this project going. If you have any yarn to donate, please contact Lucille Wilson at (727) 570-8263.

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Judye and her sister-in-law Jane of Palm Harbor wrote in a while back to request a special pedaling exercise machine that is equipped with a strap for people who have had a stroke. They received many calls and offers, and they wish to thank all of those who responded. They actually received the Restorator cycler they needed a month after the request was run! Now that they have what they need, they wish to donate Judye's old Pedlar 1st Step to anyone who needs it. Jane says it is a basic machine that you simply sit in and pedal. If you are interested, please call Jane at (727) 424-4931.

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Faithful REXer Lucie Somers wrote in with several requests for a friend who is a shut-in. She needs women's tops (size 5x-6x), medium-size cloth purses, and cat and dog jewelry. Lucie is also always looking for card fronts. Items may be mailed or dropped off. The address is 1415 Main St., No. 219, Dunedin, FL 34698.

Send requests to Reader's 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: Gently used children's books needed 05/06/11 [Last modified: Friday, May 6, 2011 4:30am]
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