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Reader's Exchange: Granddaughter will put playtime toys to good use

Can anyone help these grandparents keep their active granddaughter busy? Amy and her husband, who live in St. Petersburg, are grandparents to a 4-year-old girl they are raising. Amy says the girl is very active and can be a bit hard to keep up with after school and on the weekends. Because they are on a limited income, Amy hopes someone out there has some children's play items that would help keep her granddaughter occupied and stimulated. They recently visited an out-of-town aunt who had a wonderful play area in her back yard. Amy's granddaughter had a great time there, so Amy is looking for a Little Tykes or Playskool plastic playhouse, a swing set/jungle gym playground set and a shallow frog/turtle/goldfish pond. If you have any of these items that you aren't using anymore, please call Amy at (727) 542-1775.

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Becky Williams of St. Petersburg has been hand sewing for years, and now she's looking to take her sewing to the next level. To do so, she is in need of a serger. She says any serger will do, but if it's possible, she would like a 5-threaded one. If it's not, a 3- or 4-threaded serger would be fantastic. She is also looking for a sewing machine that can do zigzags and button stitches. Becky is very excited to start trying new projects, so if you can help her out, please contact her at (727) 692-7653.

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Here's an offer that will be music to someone's ears! Ray of the Lutz-Land O'Lakes area has a Hammond Phoenix two-keyboard organ available to anyone who would like it. Ray says it does need minor repair. If you are interested, please call Ray at (813) 949-9482.

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Renovation alert! Louise Soper of New Port Richey recently put in a new kitchen, so now she has 10 shelves from her old cupboard that are looking for a good home. Louise says they are particleboard, in very good shape, and measure 10 inches by 36 inches by 38 inches. Louise is happy to give them to anyone willing to pick them up. If you are interested, please call (727) 372-7162.

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With all the practitioners of needle arts out there, this request can surely be fulfilled. Felice Drouin of St. Petersburg is looking for someone who can help her with knitting and crocheting instructions. She says she knows how to knit and crochet, but has trouble interpreting the directions. She follows them as written, but the end result doesn't come out as it is supposed to. Felice lives in the Old Northeast section of St. Petersburg, so she is hoping to connect with someone close to her. If that is you, please e-mail Felice at

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Anyone ready to roll? If so, Robert Engler of Largo is just the person you want to talk to. He has several men's bowling balls, 13 and 14 pounds, men's bowling shoes, size 11, and several bowling bags that he would like to give away. With that collection, just add bowling skills and you're ready to join a league! If you are interested, please call Robert at (727) 588-4343.

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Reader's Exchange: Granddaughter will put playtime toys to good use 06/03/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 3, 2011 4:34pm]
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