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Reader's Exchange: Mom who's back in school could use a laptop computer

It is always nice to see people doing good things for each other. Christine Bray wrote in to request something for a friend of hers, Michele Adams. Michele is a wife and mother of three who started going to college a year ago. She is in need of a laptop computer with wireless capability and a wireless router to help her with her classes. The family has a computer they all share, but there are some logistical challenges, especially since her two oldest children participate in a school program that requires daily Internet use. If anyone can help Michele, please call her at (727) 559-0489.

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Another REXer this week is also on need of a computer. Katherine Massey says she would like a computer in good condition, nothing fancy, as long as she's able to get on the Internet. She will be happy to pick it up. If you can help her, please call (727) 446-2322.

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With Christmas on the way, it's time to start making holiday crafts. Carol Smith of Hudson has 60 empty toilet paper rolls that she suggests would be good for Christmas crafts. Anyone interested may call (727) 863-2605.

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Elaine Zeman of St. Pete Beach has a bit of a predicament. She has a Sunbeam Mixmaster (stainless steel color) that is nearly 20 years old and works just fine, except that a pin on the stand section that holds the mixer in place broke, thus the mixer head will not stay in place and falls down. She is looking for a stand that is compatible with her mixer. She can be reached at (727) 367-3035.

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Peggy Fortner wrote in to announce that at noon on Saturday, Nov. 7, the Maine Knitters will meet at the Smokey Bones Restaurant in Clearwater. The knitters meet to exchange yarn, patterns and knitting needles, and to help each other with knitting problems. Peggy says that a few years ago, she wrote in to Reader's Exchange asking for help knitting mittens for children in Maine. From a group of five, they've expanded to a group of about 20. They are now knitting for children in Abington, Mass. So far they have knitted more than 200 pairs of mittens for kindergarteners. One of their knitters, Emma Amato, has knitted 100 mitten and hat sets, Peggy says. If you would like to join the knitters, or just have any knitting-related requests, please call Peggy at (813) 715-7133.

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A few weeks ago, Stephanie Martin wrote in to offer fiber fill, spools, buttons and other sewing materials. The response was so overwhelming that Stephanie wrote back in to say that the items are no longer available. She wasn't able to reach everyone who called and wanted to let them know that the items were donated to charitable organizations.


Carol Thomas of Bayonet Point wrote in to thank everyone who called regarding her request for a Bernina sewing machine manual. She was amazed at the number of calls, many of which came from quilters. Thanks to you, a manual is on its way to her.

Send requests to Reader 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: Mom who's back in school could use a laptop computer 10/23/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 23, 2009 10:20am]
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