The holidays are a wonderful time to share the true spirit of the season by giving to those in need. Christina Boulding of Palm Harbor is a social worker who works with the mentally ill, and she helps those in need year-round. She is hoping that someone can help one of her clients by donating a bicycle that they no longer use. She says it will really make her client's day. If you can help Christina, please call her at (727) 787-5236.
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Charles Holton of Palm Harbor wrote in with a request that fulfills the real meaning of exchange! He has a 1600 PSI gas-powered pressure washer, which he says is like new, that he would like to exchange for an electric pressure washer in good condition. Charles says the gas pressure washer he has is a Campbell Hausfeld with a Briggs engine. The reason Charles wants to exchange it for an electric one is that he cannot pull-start the gas engine due to health reasons. If you would like to exchange with Charles, please call him at (727) 785-9703.
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Here is a heartwarming story of how the Reader's Exchange brings people together to do good for others. Five years ago, Peggy Fortner wrote in to REX asking for help in knitting mittens, hats, scarves, etc., for the children of Fairfield, Maine, where seven mills had closed down and left the town in economic dire straits. A group of knitters was formed, and one of the members gave them the aptly titled name of the Maine Knitters. For the past four years, they have sent the town of Fairfield all things knitted to keep them warm. Now Fairfield has recovered, and the Maine Knitters sends these crafts to Abington, Mass., Peggy's hometown, where heating oil costs have gone up every year. They are also sending a box of hats, scarves, mittens, etc., to Boston, where one of their contacts is a teacher who has some students who wear flip-flops in the dead of winter! Peggy says Fed Ex has supported them by shipping these items for free. Peggy would like to thank everyone who has ever donated yarn to this group, and invites anyone who would like to join them to please do so. She can be reached at (813) 715-7133, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Joyce Nauheimer of Clearwater is looking for a retired mantle clock repair person who still keeps his hands in the business, maybe working from home. She is also looking for any book by Charles Krauthammer. Joyce also has a new USB keyboard that is looking for a good home. She can be reached at (727) 799-0185.
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B.J. Kleber of Largo has several items that need painting, and has Artex paints, but not the directions that tell you which colors to use. B.J. is hoping that someone would have this information. If you do, please call (727) 535-7901.
In the Nov. 20 Reader's Exchange column, a REXer's phone number was misprinted. TG of Largo had written in asking for an electric fireplace, not one that burns real wood. With all the cold weather, it would probably come in real handy! If you can help TG, please call (727) 489-9275.
Send requests to Reader's Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731, or e-mail email@example.com. 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.