Believe it or not, the holidays are nearly here, and people are already trying to get their presents all lined up. Sherry of St. Petersburg used REX last year to request a dollhouse for her granddaughter's Christmas gift, and was able to get one, which she and her husband painted and fixed up. Sherry says two of the girls have enjoyed playing with it so much. Now her third granddaughter has seen the dollhouse and is after her Pop Pop to get one for her. Sherry is hoping that someone will have a wooden dollhouse that is not being used, and even needs some TLC. Sherry is also looking for canning supplies, especially a pressure canner. She says she did a lot of canning and preserving back in West Virginia, and wishes to do the same here. If you can help Sherry with these requests, please call her at (727) 894-0645.
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Cathy Dixon of Largo is trying to make a path out of the mud. That's not a metaphor. She is looking for pavers, any size, shape or color. If you can help Cathy, please call her at (727) 536-7134.
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Calling all vinyl aficionados! Lewis Paulley of Beverly Hills has many, many records for anyone who collects them and is willing to pick them up. He says some are original RCA records and the like. If you are looking to beef up your collection, please call Lewis at (352) 746-6953.
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Sage Chaney of Clearwater used Reader's Exchange in the past to fulfill her 2010 New Year's resolution: to start a mah-jongg group in the Clearwater area. The group has been formed, and now they are in need of more mah-jongg sets. If anyone has one that is collecting dust, Sage promises to put it to good use. Sage also has a collection of more than 70 Eating Well magazines that she is happy to give to someone. Sage can be reached at (727) 536-8897.
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Camilla Prosser of Largo has a Xerox machine, Model XC 1040, to give away. It is a table model and includes the manual. Camilla says it has been cleaned and is working fine, but may need another cleaning due to little use. If you are interested, please call Camilla at (727) 584-9586 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
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Barb Hartwell of St. Petersburg visits a 104-year-old woman in a nursing center. Barb says this "amazing, intelligent woman" is bedridden. Poor hearing and eyesight make the woman's days very long. Barb says that a large magnifying glass, at least 10x or above, would be a great benefit to the woman, as she would love to be able to look at photographs and magazine pictures. If anyone has a strong magnifying glass to part with, Barb will be happy to pick it up. She can be reached at (727) 867-9393.
Helen Kidder has written in to thank all the people who donated greeting cards to the Holiday Ladies Missionary Class.
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