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Reader's Exchange: Used suitcases sought for student project on tolerance

Kelly McGee is a teacher at North Shore Elementary School in St. Petersburg whose fourth- and fifth-grade students are doing a project in conjunction with the Mahaffey Theater. The project is focusing on the Holocaust and tolerance, and one of the students' activities will be attending a performance of My Heart in a Suitcase, which is about the Kindertransport. In reaction to the performance, the students will do an art project involving collages that represent tolerance and religious freedom. Kelly thinks the collages will be more meaningful if they are presented on old suitcases or trunks. She's hoping that some generous REX readers would like to donate any old-fashioned, well-worn suitcases, trunks or even briefcases to the students. Kelly and the art teacher are willing to pick them up, or they can be dropped off at the front office of the school, 200 35th Ave NE. Kelly may be reached at (727) 743-3424.

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Katherine Moores is 85 and has a single-sized, electric, remote-control bed that can raise her head and legs together or independently. The only trouble is, she's afraid of falling out of the bed, for there isn't much room to roll over. She would love to trade hers for a double-sized bed of the same type, with the same features and a double mattress. If the bed had any other senior-friendly features, such as side rails, that would be a bonus. You may contact her at (727) 449-2382.

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Recovering from hip surgery leaves you with a lot of time on your hands. That's why Julie Villani wants to use her hands to pass the time, by teaching herself quilling. She wonders if anyone out there has any quilling materials, books or tools they no longer need. She's able to pick them up if you are in the New Port Richey area. Please call Julie at (727) 815-0967.

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With the holidays practically here already, you can bet many people are getting ready to do some serious cooking. It's important to have all the best tools for the job. Gail Caparella of Clearwater has a Sunbeam countertop mixer from the 1950s that is in need of replacement beaters. The mixer is in perfect working order, except for the beaters, which are bent. If you can help Gail, give her a call at (727) 725-9048.

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If any school or organization would like a 10-gallon aquarium with pump, gravel and lighted cover, Marilyn Wright has one to donate. She also needs the instruction manual for an older Pioneer stereo receiver, Model SX-10. She can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at (727) 867-3365.

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Fans of fiction might be interested in the two-dozen paperback novels that Marty Enders has available. She says the books are in excellent condition and are by such authors as Danielle Steel, James Patterson and John Grisham. Whoever wants them must pick them up and take them all. E-mail Marty at

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Anyone looking to do an art project or scrapbooking might be interested in card fronts (the backs have been removed). They must be picked up in Spring Hill. Please call (352) 683-0514.

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If you're in need of an operations manual for Windows 98 or Sharp Electronic Organizer YO-610 you're in luck. Call (727) 866-1906.

Send requests to Reader Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg 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.

Reader's Exchange: Used suitcases sought for student project on tolerance 11/14/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 9:41am]
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