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Reader's Exchange: On a mission to help the homeless

'Tis the season to be generous, especially to those in need. Michele Meehan of Clearwater works with the homeless, and she is requesting that people find it in their hearts, and in their closets, to donate warm clothes for them. In particular, she is requesting blankets, jackets, flannels, sweatshirts, thick socks, gloves, scarves, wool hats, thermal shirts, pants and anything with a hood. She would prefer the items to be dark-colored, of rugged material and with a plain design. There is a great need for these items as cooler weather heads our way. If you can help, please call Michele at (727) 512-0864.

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Pat Arend of Safety Harbor is an avid REX reader who has previously donated a camera and a sewing machine. Now it is her turn to ask the kind REX readers for a donation. She has recently retired and has begun taking classes in watercolor painting. She wonders if anyone has basics for a beginning student. If anyone in her area has brushes, paper, tracing/transfer or other supplies for a beginner, Pat would be happy to pick them up. She can be reached at (727) 698-7763.

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Lydia Steinseifer's son is an aspiring writer with a taste for the classics, meaning that he uses a vintage typewriter. Lydia is in search of any "vintage" typing paper, 8 1/2 x 11, onion skin or erasable bond, that he may use to type on. If anyone has any, Lydia would pay postage or pick it up. She lives in St. Petersburg, but you can reach her on her cell phone at (313) 520-7532.

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If there are any other aspiring writers out there who would enjoy using a word processing typewriter rather than a computer, then they might want to contact A. Shelman of St. Petersburg. She has a Smith Corona word processing typewriter, model number XD7700, that she would like to give away. It has two correctable film ribbons and other accessories, including the owner's manual. If you're interested, please call her at (727) 866-7476.

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Rose Bondzelewski has a Rainbow Special Edition AquaMate bagless vacuum cleaner she can't use because she needs the owner's manual. Hers is waterlogged and unreadable. She's looking for the Rainbow Owner's Manual R-4244, 10/90 and Set-Up and Operation Flyer R-4261. She would like to make a copy of them. She may be contacted by e-mail at, or by phone at (727) 395-8334. Please leave a message for her housemate, as Rose is hearing-impaired.

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Speaking of vacuums, Sandy Lalino was cleaning out her garage and found some paper vacuum bags she would like to get rid of if anyone wants them. They are a generic bag (VBC brand) that will fit the Sharp Upright vacuum, and they have a two-layer filtration system. If you're interested in these bags, call Sandy at (727) 657-9029.

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Elsie Wester of Clearwater has an assortment of sewing materials and supplies that a sewer or quilter might be able to put to good use. Elsie can be reached at (727) 789-5420.

Send requests to Reader Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg 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.

Reader's Exchange: On a mission to help the homeless 12/19/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 1:09pm]
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