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Reader's Exchange: They'll turn your yarn into comfy gifts

There are so many REXers who use their free time and talents to do wonderful things for others. This week, two such people wrote in requesting supplies to help them do so.

First, Carol Ann Hengeveld of Needle Art Social, Palm Harbor, is requesting donations of acrylic yarn, not wool. It will be used for the lap robes that her group makes for veterans who are in the hospital, as well as for three nursing homes in the area and shelters for abused women and children. The group has also been making hats for cancer patients. Carol Ann says anyone may also help the knit and crochet group by joining them in making 8-inch squares with 20-inch tails so that they may be joined together to create the lap robes. Carol Ann can be reached at (727) 787-7027.

Louise Vallee is also looking for yarn, in the west Pasco area. She will accept any colors, any amount. She uses the yarn to make small squares that she joins together to make afghans. Louise says that even a small amount of yarn will work into a pattern, and that she has crocheted and donated 20 afghans to homeless shelters in the Pasco area this year. If you would like to donate to Louise, she can be reached at (727) 863-6705, or via e-mail at

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Love to tickle the ivories? If so, you may want to give Al and Julie Sandefur of St. Petersburg a call. They have an Ivers and Pond upright piano to donate to a good home. They say it was made in the early 1900s and is in pretty good shape, but probably needs a tuning. It must be picked up. Al and Julie can be reached by phone at (727) 323-2183, or via e-mail at

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Ariana Cooper is a music lover of a different sort: She is a young vinyl enthusiast. Because of that, her mother, Trudi, is looking for a record player or turntable with built-in speakers to give to Ariana for her birthday. If you have one that you are willing to part with, please call Trudi in St. Petersburg at (727) 366-4576.

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Willis Kucera of Spring Hill is looking for a used 8mm/Super 8 film projector in good working order. Willis says he has thousands of feet of film that he needs to edit before he can put it on DVD. If you have a projector to donate, please call Willis at (352) 556-3089.

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L. Maley of St. Petersburg is looking for a 19.2-volt NiCad rechargeable battery for a Hummer remote control car. If you can help, please call (727) 525-1678.

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Some time ago, Anita Smith of St. Petersburg wrote in with an offer of a supply of the large plastic egg-shaped containers that L'eggs hosiery comes in. A woman called her to request them, and Anita promised them to her, but the phone number that Anita had for her was wrong. She would like to get in touch with the woman, whose initials were E.B. If you are out there, and are still interested in the containers, please call Anita at (727) 576-6156.

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. 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 requests, it might take several weeks before your item appears in the paper.

Reader's Exchange: They'll turn your yarn into comfy gifts 02/04/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 4, 2011 3:30am]
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