Every week in Reader's Exchange, there is at least one letter from a knitter or crocheter. There seems to be a huge community of you here in the Tampa Bay area. That's good news for Kerren Sandres of Largo. Her favorite hobby is crocheting, and she's looking for a pattern for crocheting a wreath, about 18 inches in diameter. She is also looking to find a crocheting and Swedish embroidery club or guild in the area. If you can help her with either or both of these things, please call her at (727)686-1564.
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Claudia of St. Petersburg is looking for Plastic Canvas magazines. In turn, she has National Geographic magazines to donate to whoever would like them. Please call Claudia at (727) 521-3769, and leave a message if there is no answer.
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Occasionally in REX, several readers have requests for similar items. This week, two readers wrote in to request things that would greatly help out someone they care about.
Mike's wife has recently been declared disabled at the young age of 51. Like so many others today, Mike has recently been laid off from his job, and cannot afford to buy his wife a wheelchair. He is hoping a generous soul may have a Transport-type wheelchair in good condition that they would be willing to donate. He is willing to come pick it up. Mike also has some things to donate to whoever would like them. He has camping gear, including two sleeping bags, a 9- by 8-foot dome tent, a Coleman propane camp stove and a Coleman propane lantern. To contact Mike, please call (727) 692-7225.
Kathy Hernandez also knows of a young person who needs an electric wheelchair. Her husband works with a young man in his 20s, who was paralyzed from the waist down in an accident a few years ago. He currently uses a manual wheelchair, but it really wears him out. If anyone has an electric wheelchair they no longer need, please call Kathy at (727) 372-6314.
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E. Hawkins of Tampa has a few items to donate. The first items are a 3/4-size mattress and four 3/4-size sheets, that would fit a 3/4-size bed, which is a size found in antique beds. The mattress is firm and in fairly good shape. The second item up for donation, preferably to a church, day care or youth group, is a Maytag Jet Clean Plus dishwasher, designed for a 24-inch under-the-counter space. It is 4 years old, but may need a tune up, as it has been sitting for two years. If you are interested in these items, please call (813) 985-7580.
The response to Reader's Exchange has been so tremendous, it has been difficult to print thank yous because of the number of requests and offers. These letters of thanks go all the way back to December, but their message still stands true.
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Dorothy McDade would like to thank all who donated yarn to the ladies at the Largo Community Center. She says the needy will benefit from your generosity.
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Jeannine Pendleton would like to thank all those REXers who responded to her request for a 2008 Hess Truck, and especially to Rose, who was generous enough to give her an extra one she had.
Send requests to Reader Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.