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Reader's Exchange: Help needed for benefit poker tournament

Calling all animal lovers! A small animal sanctuary and rescue group is looking for some help so that they may help animals. The group is called Compassion for all Creatures, and they are a nonprofit organization located in Brooksville. Peggy Ghezzi, a representative from the group, wrote in explaining that they are having a fundraiser this month, and the proceeds will go toward building a shelter to house homeless dogs and cats. The fundraiser includes a poker tournament, and they are in dire need of poker chips, as well as full size and miniature playing cards. If you can help, please e-mail Peggy Ghezzi at

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Let the games begin! Alison of Palm Harbor has a beautiful wooden Joker game board that her uncle made, that is in need of a good home. It is hexagonal, 31 inches across, and the game is played like this: marbles move around the board by a throw of dice. Alison says it is a fun game, but she has no time to play it. Anyone interested can pick it up, and Alison can be reached at (727) 938-1417.

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Stan of Tampa recently obtained more than 100 square feet of oak flooring that he obtained from an apartment that was 60 years old. Stan says the wood absolutely cannot be re-used for flooring, but he wonders if someone might find another use for it. He suggested that an artist might find it useful for projects. If you are interested, you must pick it up. Stan can be reached at (813) 240-0935.

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Can anyone help John Bellicourt of Largo? He is in need of transportation. His car died last year, and he cannot afford a new one. John is on Social Security, and has been looking for a means of transportation ever since. John is hoping that someone might have a vehicle that they would be willing to donate to him. If you do, please call John at (727) 348-2919.

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One of Audrey Mitchell of Seminole's favorite movies is the Swedish film, Pelle the Conqueror, starring Max von Sydow. Unfortunately, Audrey's copy of it has lost the last 15 minutes, and she is hoping that someone out there will have a copy of it that she can borrow. If you do, please call Audrey at (727) 392-5990.

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Pat O'Neal of Tampa has a cat named Handsome who loves to look out the window. Unfortunately, the windowsill is too narrow for Handsome, so Pat is hoping that someone will have a cat tree, 38 to 40 inches tall that they are willing to part with. If you do, please call Pat at (813) 402-2776.

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Calling all crafters! Karen Berke of Dunedin is looking for some discontinued baby yarn, and is hoping to find someone who would be willing to part with it. The yarn is called "King Cole Pearl," and she can use any color except pink, and two or more skeins. If you have them, Karen will be happy to pick them up. Karen can be reached at (727) 733-9411.

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Reader's Exchange: Help needed for benefit poker tournament 04/01/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 1, 2011 4:30am]
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