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Reader's Exchange: Quilting groups have material needs

It is always so nice to hear of the various groups that do charity work for those in need. It seems one of the most common ways people help is by knitting or quilting items to donate. This week, two organizations wrote in asking for supplies to help them create these cherished gifts. First, Irene Prosser of the Quilting Club of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Tarpon Springs wrote in to say the group is in dire need of colorful material for its quilting projects. The Quilting Club has been around for about two years, and in that time members have produced more than 1,000 quilts for distribution to orphans in Ethiopia, homeless children in Pasco and Pinellas counties, and elementary and high schools in Pinellas. The group is currently working on 60 quilts for senior citizens who are under the care of the Shepherd Center in Tarpon Springs. Arrangements can be made for drop-off or pickup by calling Irene at the church at (727) 946-8240.

The other organization that is in need of supplies is Angel Stitches at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Seminole. Dorothy Laun wrote in to ask for baby soft yarn in pastels and cotton blend material in baby prints and solid colors. The group makes items for preemies at Morton Plant, Bayfront and Tampa General hospitals. If you can help, call the church office at (727) 391-0218 to make arrangements.

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Sometimes all you need is some good information, and Reader's Exchange definitely can help with that! Ursula Eggers of Clearwater has an old slide projector and carousel for the slides, but has lost the cord for it to plug into the socket. She says the port has many holes. She hopes someone can tell her where she can find the proper cord. If you know, call Ursula at (727) 366-2476.

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Have you always dreamed of helping out in the production of a movie? Well here's your chance — sort of. The Art Institute of Tampa's digital film department students are making a spaceship movie. They are looking for items with which they can build their spaceship. Professor Greg LeSar wrote in and said that his students are very eco-conscious, and wish to fabricate the spaceship with completely donated materials like any and all types of 2 by 4s and plywood, house paints, artificial flowers/plants, ducting, chicken wire, plaster, lamps and lights, tubes, and pipes. They are looking specifically for cockpit console items, such as dials, lights and TV monitors. If you have any or all of these items to donate, please contact the director, Robert Pearson, at (941) 773-8545 or at If you can help these students, it would be out of this world!

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MathCounts, the Relay for Life team from the Mathematics Department of St. Petersburg College, Gibbs Campus, needs quart and pint canning jars for their Cookies and Soup in a Jar fundraiser. The MathCounts fundraiser is held each November and the group uses more than 100 jars. The bestselling cookies are the Cranberry Hootycreeks and the bestselling soup is the Friendship Soup. The MathCounts Relay for Life team has raised several thousand dollars for the American Cancer Society over the last six years. If you can help with the cause, please call Karen Estes at (727) 544-8234.

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Reader's Exchange: Quilting groups have material needs 10/01/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 1, 2010 4:30am]
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