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Reader's Exchange: Looking for a computer, a TV and fun

Oftentimes in Reader's Exchange, assisted living facilities write in to ask for items that will enhance the lives of their residents. This week, two facilities wrote in looking for such items.

Palm Terrace of St. Petersburg is looking for a good, working, used computer with Windows, a modem, monitor, keyboard, a mouse and speakers. They do not need a printer, but will accept one if it is available. They would like the computer so that their residents can look up information, play free music and videos, and play computer games. If you have a computer that you are willing to part with, please call Debbie or Brian at (727) 526-7000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. They are happy to pick it up from you.

The Palm Garden of Clearwater is looking for an old console TV, with or without a tube, to use in the new Retro dayroom. The room will become a meeting place for residents to reminisce in, and the theme is television shows of the 1940s, '50s and '60s. If you can help them out with their request, please contact Bob Filley, assistant activities director, at (727) 786-6697. Their residents will greatly appreciate it.

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There are so many REXers who are on the constant hunt for used greeting cards, and this week two people wrote in to offer them. Donna Smith of Tampa is one of the two, and she suggests that the cards can be used for arts and crafts, or many other things. If you are interested, call Donna at (813) 500-6048.

Jeannine of Hudson has a shoebox of Christmas and all-occasion greeting cards that she would like to give away. Jeannine also has several years of Smithsonian magazines (2003 to 2007) she'd like to offer. If you are interested in either or both of these, please call Jeannine at (727) 863-1802.

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Helen Bredehoft of Sun City Center is in search of someone who has a Calamondin orange tree. For years Helen has made marmalade from these types of oranges, but due to the citrus blight in Sun City Center, she has lost her supply source. Helen says she and her friends miss having this delicious topping for their toast and hot breads. She is hoping to be able to come pick the fruit when it is ripe, in December or so, in the Ruskin or Wimauma area. If you can help Helen, she will be so grateful. She can be reached at (813) 634-2918.

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Michael Swann of Largo would like to find someone who has decent wood to give away. He is working on a project building two or three long benches and needs the wood. If you can help, please call him at (727) 585-6345.

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Judy Batson of Tampa wrote in a request for her elderly friend, who is looking for the instruction booklet for her serger sewing machine, a Jaguar Epochlock 298D. If anyone has a booklet that can be copied or borrowed, please call Judy at (813) 832-6331.

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It's so great to hear about the many creative projects people embark on. Danny and Anne France of Clearwater are making garden art, and they are in need of blue glass bottles. If you have any that you don't want, please call them at (727) 518-7673.

Send requests to Reader's Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731, or e-mail 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.

Reader's Exchange: Looking for a computer, a TV and fun 11/26/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 26, 2010 3:30am]
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