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Reader's Exchange: Quilters could use a sewing machine

One of the wonderful things about Reader's Exchange is finding out about all of the groups of ladies who are making items for various people in need. For instance, Barbara Giraldi and Betty Cozze belong to a church group that quilts lap robes for shut-ins. They are in need of a heavy-duty, cabinet model sewing machine for their quilting group to use. They say the machine needs to be capable of sewing over multiple seams and through the top, batting and back layers of the quilt. If you can help them, please call Betty in Largo at (727) 576-8038, and she will make arrangements to pick up the sewing machine.

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Pierrette of Clearwater is looking for leftover fabric and craft supplies that someone doesn't use anymore. She gave all her supplies away because she didn't think she would use them, but as it turns out she needs them now. She will be happy to pick them up, and she can be reached at (727) 530-5238.

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Betty Arvanitis of Clearwater is learning to play mah-jongg, and therefore she needs a set. She tried looking for one locally, but says the closest place she could find one was at a flea market in Pompano Beach! If you can help her get her game on, please call (727) 447-7424.

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The best thing about giving is passing something on that will bring joy to others. D.M. Bache of St. Pete Beach has some beautiful patterns for embroidery that she would love to pass on to someone skilled in embroidery and cross-stitch. She says she knows she will never use them. If you are interested, please call her at (727) 367-5590.

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Can anyone help put a smile on a little girl's face? Marlene Brennan of Spring Hill is looking for baby dolls or Cabbage Patch dolls, in fair to good condition, to donate to needy families at Christmastime, through Catholic Charities. Marlene says she will give the dolls a bath, a beauty treatment, make new clothes for them, or whatever it takes to make them look like new. She will pick them up anywhere in Spring Hill. She can be reached at (352) 686-3595.

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Dawn Danes describes herself as "an elderly person who doesn't get out much anymore," and would really appreciate someone's help. She has been looking for the longest time for VHS videos of the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small and As Time Goes By. These would provide her with many enjoyable hours of viewing. If anyone can help her, please call her in Clearwater at (727) 726-0357.

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The High Point Neighborhood Family Center of Clearwater has been giving free oil painting classes, and they have become so popular, they are expanding them. This means that they are in great need of painting supplies: canvases, brushes, mineral sprits, oil paints, etc. Painting is an expensive talent to teach for free, so they could really use any supplies anyone has to offer. Please call Caroline Brown, program director, at (727) 533-0730.

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Reader's Exchange: Quilters could use a sewing machine 10/17/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 17, 2009 12:43am]
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