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Reader's Exchange: Grandfather seeking a laptop computer for his grandson

A very loving grandfather named Richard Archer wrote in to make a request for his grandson, Chris. Chris was hit by a car in 2005 when he was 14 years old. He is now in his fourth rehabilitation center, as he is unable to walk and is in a wheelchair. He just celebrated his 19th birthday, and Richard was hoping that someone might have a laptop computer that they would be willing to donate to Chris. They live in Wauchula, but Richard is willing to pick it up. If you can help, please call Richard at (727) 863-4836, or Chris' mother, Dawn Archer at (863) 445-0140.

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Broken glass can be a real pain, especially when it is a stained glass lamp shade. Elaine Nicely of New Port Richey has that problem, and she is hoping to find someone who works in stained glass to repair the shade. If anyone can help Elaine, please call her at (727) 848-9347.

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So many people use knitting as a way to give to those in need. Louise Vallee of Port Richey is looking for yarn, any amount, any color. Louise makes afghans to give to the homeless during winter. If you have any yarn to donate to Louise, please call her at (727) 863-6705 or e-mail her at

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Kim Soule of St. Petersburg is also looking for donations of yarn. She belongs to the ladies Auxiliary to VFW #39, and they knit baby hats, booties and blankets for area hospitals, as well as lap robes for nursing homes. Kim is willing to pick up the yarn, and will accept any and all. She can be reached at (727) 329-9618.

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Perhaps the two previous REXers would like to give Maureen Marshall of St. Petersburg a call. She has two trash bags full of leftover yarn, assorted colors and sizes, that she hopes someone will put to good use. Maureen can be reached at (727) 376-0284.

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Ever wonder what to do with broken pottery, except throw it away? Dunedin mosaic artists Carol and Blake will take all broken pottery, dishes, figurines and colored tile to use in their art. They love colors and patterns, and if you drop the pieces off to them they will give you a tour of the mosaics that cover the outside of their house! Carol and Blake can be reached at (727) 736-4036.

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Here is a wonderful offer for aspiring photographers who don't want to go digital. Ray Wampole of Clearwater has finally gone digital, so he is offering darkroom equipment to a serious photographer still wanting to use film processing and printing. If you are interested, please call Ray at (727) 535-7475.

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Delores Johnston of New Port Richey wonders if anyone out there still wears polyester fabric pants, as she has about eight pairs that won't fit her anymore that she would like to give away. She says they would ideally fit someone about 5 feet tall and 150 pounds, but the fabric could be cut and reconstructed. Delores knows that she could give them to charity, but wanted to try REX first. If you are interested, please call (727) 376-2801.

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Reader's Exchange: Grandfather seeking a laptop computer for his grandson 06/11/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 11, 2010 7:14am]
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