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Reader's Exchange: 'Old' copier creates new opportunity

With all the new technology these days, it is only a matter of time until a machine you have had for only a few years is replaced by a newer, better model with more bells and whistles. Curtis Davis of Tampa knows this, and he recently replaced his full-sized office Lanier 7345 copier with a new digital model that has scanning capabilities. However, this has created a great opportunity for a church or a nonprofit that might be in the market for an "old" copier. Curtis had the copier for about seven years and it is in good working order. He can be reached at (813) 495-3744.

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Brother Nyame Jones Sankofa of Tampa is in desperate need of someone who could provide him with a crash course in sign language. Nyame is in charge of developing a new church ministry program, and needs to learn sign language for it. He says he is a quick learner. Nyame is willing to travel up to 10 miles for instruction. If you can help Nyame, please call him at (813) 340-4189. He will be delighted to hear from you.

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Margaret of New Port Richey wrote in to say how great it is to hear about people helping each other in the Reader's Exchange column, saying that's the way things were done in the old days, Now she is hoping that someone will be able to help her. She cares for her disabled husband, who has MS, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Margaret says their only transportation is a van that is 18 years old, and recently the steering column went out. They cannot afford to buy a new vehicle, and she is hoping that someone could donate a dependable vehicle with air-conditioning so that he is able to go to his doctors' appointments in Tampa. If you can help, please call Margaret at (727) 389-8235.

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Stella of Hudson is hoping that someone has a manual typewriter that they are no longer using. She says she passes her time by typing and it helps her arthritis. Since she does not drive, it would have to be delivered to her. Stella can be reached at (727) 868-8030.

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Have a pain in the neck? Then Lucy Fettinger of Seminole may be able to help you. She has a Miami J Collar (MJ-400) neck brace, size medium, that she says will fit a mature woman or a thin mature man. It has never been used, as her husband thought he would need it but his doctor said it wasn't necessary. Lucy can be reached at (727) 501-2678.

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David Macci of Spring Hill is looking for moving cartons, specifically the wardrobe and china barrel types. He can be reached at (352) 346-7626.

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John Czerkas of St. Petersburg has a number of sports trophies from youth sports that he no longer wants, and would like to donate them to an organization that recycles trophies for youth programs that wouldn't be able to afford new trophies. John is sure many others would also like to clear their closets of trophies as well. If you know of an organization in the Tampa Bay area that does such a thing, please call John at (727) 465-8455.

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Reader's Exchange: 'Old' copier creates new opportunity 09/24/10 [Last modified: Friday, September 24, 2010 4:30am]
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