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Reader's Exchange: Pillowcases wanted to make dresses for girls worldwide

Kathryn Genzer of St. Pete Beach fondly remembers a restaurant that was on Treasure Island for years called The Careless Navigator. What she loved so much was the Beef Barley soup that they served before the meal and left in a tureen on the table for anyone who wanted seconds. Kathryn is hoping that someone out there would have the recipe to this soup that she enjoyed so much. In exchange, she has the recipe for the Sand Dollar's Frozen Fruit Salad, which she says makes a great dessert. Kathryn also has a hot commodity in REX land: hundreds of used greeting cards, all occasions. The cards must be picked up. Kathryn can be reached at (727) 360-8666.

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Are you an aspiring interior designer? If so, you'll want what Wyn Dale of Trinity has to offer! She has dozens of barely or never read interior design magazines that she would like to give to a school or an individual who could use them. Among them are Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Coastal Living, Traditional Home, House and Garden and House Beautiful. If you are interested in this treasure trove of magazines, please call Wyn at (727) 375-7279 to make arrangements.

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There is no end to the wonderful acts that people do to benefit others. The parishioners at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Clearwater are making pillowcase dresses, pictured above, that go to little girls around the world. They are in need of slightly used or new pillowcases, bias tape, ribbon and cotton fabric for use in this ongoing project. Please contact Diane by phone at (727) 644-7424, or by e-mail at, if you have any of these items to donate, or if you are interested in sewing with them. Their next dressmaking day is from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, 2165 NE Coachman Road in Clearwater. For more photos of the dresses, please visit in the "Good Sam Dresses, CLW FL" photo album.

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Three years ago, Libbye Erkes, who lives in HarborChase in Palm Harbor, wrote in to the Reader's Exchange requesting yarn in bright (not dark) colors to knit lap robes for hospice. She was thrilled with the response and has been knitting since. Her supply is running low and she is hoping REX will be the source of amazing efforts again. If you would be able to drop them off at HarborChase in Palm Harbor please call Libbye at (727) 772-1199.

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Jacqui Murphy of Clearwater is looking for 4- or 8-ounce jelly jars. Jacqui has been making wild plum and orange marmalade preserves for years, and she never seems to have enough jars. If you can help Jacqui, please call her at (727) 386-8199 and leave her a message.

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This offer could delight children and adults! Cindy of Palm Harbor has eight 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles for any person or organization that could use them. She also has quite a few partial spools of 3/8- and 5/8-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon left over from making little girls' bows. Cindy can be reached at (813) 541-1323.

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: Pillowcases wanted to make dresses for girls worldwide 08/05/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 5, 2011 4:30am]
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