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Reader's Exchange: Materials, sewers needed for rag dolls

Jeanne Cellini of Hillsborough County is associated with one of the many wonderful groups that donates time and talent for the benefit of others. Her group makes rag dolls for distribution to children's hospitals, Ronald McDonald houses and the like. The nonprofit group relies on purchases made by its members and donations. The group is currently in need of fabric, lace, fiberfill and thread to compete projects. Also needed: people who can use a sewing machine to help with the projects. Jeanne says the dolls are pretty basic and only minimal sewing skills are required. The group gathers at the Cares Center in New Port Richey from 9:30 to 11:30 Wednesday mornings. If you can help the Doll Makers, or would like to join them, please contact Jeanne at (813) 746-5594, or e-mail her at

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It's your move! Donna Johnson, a teacher at Osceola Middle School in Seminole, wrote in requesting donations of chess sets. She says a group of students there would like to start a chess club. Donations can be dropped off at Osceola Middle School, 9301 98th St. N. Donna may be reached at (727) 547-7689, ext. 434.

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Mildred Vinas of Pinellas Park hopes to find a group of mah-jongg players either in Pinellas Park or close by. If you fit this description and would like to play with Mildred, please call her at (727) 546-2166.

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Joan Ferst of Madeira Beach had great success with her last request in Reader's Exchange, and now she is prevailing upon the faithful REXers to help her again. Joan is looking to make a true exchange by swapping her new Shiatsu Massaging Cushion (therapist select) for a bread machine. Joan also belongs to a church group that makes lap quilts and full-sized quilts for abused children. The group is in need of material for these projects. If you can satisfy Joan's requests, call her at (727) 323-4477.

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LifeChoices Women's Care, a nonprofit organization in Lutz that helps pregnant women have their babies, is growing and moving into a larger facility. The organization needs several items for its new space, including chairs for the waiting room and a flat-screen TV that can be mounted to the wall, to show videos to the women. Also, baby clothes, diapers and all other baby items are always needed for the babies. Donations can be dropped off at 1527 Dale Mabry Highway, Suite 101, Lutz. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The phone number is (813) 948-7734.

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Barbara Filipiak of Seminole has a 3/4-length mink coat that she would like to give to a good home, perhaps a theater group or other organization. She says the coat is made from mink paws, so it has many pieces sewn together, and in a few places the stitching is coming apart. She says it needs minor repairs and a good airing out. Barbara can be reached at (727) 398-7806.

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Carl of Spring Hill is looking for a motorized treadmill that someone is no longer using. He needs it for his dog, who is in training and needs plenty of exercise! Carl says he can't get outside with the dog enough, so the treadmill is a good solution. He can be reached at (352) 686-9098. If no one answers, please leave a message.

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Reader's Exchange: Materials, sewers needed for rag dolls 09/23/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 23, 2011 4:30am]
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