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Reader's Exchange: Senior, Senior Prom guests need a little wardrobe help

You're never too old to dress up and dance. Nancy of New Port Richey knows that, so she and her 55+ club are holding a Senior, Senior Prom. They are looking for 1950s and '60s prom dresses, crinolines, hoops and tiaras that may be taking up room in your attic or closet. Nancy says that these items are very hard to find in thrift stores, and hopes that perhaps some people out there had saved theirs from years ago. They will accept any size, and would appreciate dropoffs, but she is willing to pick up in the New Port Richey area. If you can help Nancy and her group get to the Senior, Senior Prom, please call (727) 375-4005.

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Janet Sale wrote in with a few requests. First, she is looking for a new bed for her 12-year-old son. She says that the bed he has is on its last legs, and they are in dire need of another one. Janet has also taken up knitting and crocheting, so she would appreciate any yarn that someone would donate. If you can help with either or both of Janet's requests, please call her at (727) 290-6274.

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Don Kelly of St. Petersburg has a few items that he would like to go to schools in need. First, he has been collecting Campbell's Soup labels for a couple of years, which earn "stuff" for our schools. He would prefer that they go to a needy elementary school in Lealman. He also has various sizes of Styrofoam pieces, which he would also like to go to a school for class projects. Don is hoping that a teacher or parent from a needy school will see this and give him a call at (727) 521-2983.

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Having a roommate is a practice in consideration on a daily basis. Dorothy Lynn of Largo is trying to be as considerate of her roommate as she can by not turning the television up so loudly, but she is 86 and uses two hearing aids. Dorothy is looking for TV Ears, a device that allows one to hear the television clearly without disturbing others. It is different than headphones, in that it is wireless. If anyone has this device or one similar to it that they aren't using anymore, Dorothy and her roommate would certainly appreciate it. Dorothy can be reached at (727) 216-3408.

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Brinda Hoffmeister of St. Petersburg is hoping that someone will have an old Farberware convection oven, one that has two knobs, "temp" and "time." Brinda has brain cancer, and as a result her eyes are too bad to read all of the buttons and lights that new ovens come with. She would be most grateful if someone had one they no longer need. Brinda may be reached at (727) 526-9757.

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Jean Tavener of St. Petersburg has used REX in the past, to look for a mitten-type device that her paralyzed son wanted to use for gym equipment. She had success with her request, as she received a catalog from someone that had the mitten in it. She would like to thank whomever sent her the catalog, and let them know that her son is able to use most of the equipment at the gym, without much help from his mom.

Now Jean has a request for herself. She is looking for a book by Paul Berger, How to Conquer the World with One Hand . . . and an Attitude. She says it is no longer in print, and is hoping someone has it. Jean can be reached at (727) 343-7877.

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Reader's Exchange: Senior, Senior Prom guests need a little wardrobe help 07/02/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 2, 2010 4:30am]
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