Roz and Bob Hicks of Clearwater have been reading Reader's Exchange for years, and they finally got up the nerve to write in. They had a relative recuperating from surgery in their home last year, and their son-in-law built some very sturdy ramps (to accommodate more than 300 pounds) out of 3/4-inch plywood and 2 by 4s. There are two ramps. One is 5 1/2 inches high and tapers, and is just over 4 feet long, and the other is 3 1/4 inches high and tapers, and it is just under 4 feet long. Both are door width — about 3 feet — and are pretty heavy. Roz and Bob would like to give the ramps to anyone who could use them and can pick them up.
The Hickses also have a request, though they admit it is a long shot. About 16 years ago, they had a garage sale and mistakenly gave away some books that are of sentimental to them. The books were in a box of clothes that they gave to a man who said he was collecting items for homeless women. Among the books were two family Bibles, with the family names Sims, Sparkman, Byrd and Faulk inside them. There also was a much-used Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook from the early 1950s, with the name Rozzi Sims written in it. If you happen to have these books, the Hickses would be thrilled to get them back. To reach them, please call (727) 573-1226.
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The cold weather may be approaching sometime soon, and TG of Largo wants to get ready. She's looking for a wooden electric fireplace with fake brick trim around the outside of the firebox and also a fake brick hearth. If anyone has such a fireplace to part with, please call TG at (727) 489-3275.
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It's not puzzling that putting together jigsaw puzzles is a popular, satisfying hobby. That's why Laura Kiester of Clearwater is hoping that she can find some jigsaw puzzles that aren't being used. She prefers that they have all the pieces. She is willing to pick them up, and promises that when she's done with them she will pass them on. Laura can be reached at (727) 450-9654.
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Jan Luecke of Spring Hill has several 8mm and Super 8mm movie films that she would like converted to DVDs. She is hoping that someone can lead her to a place in the Tampa Bay area that does this. She has been to several large retailers, but they all send the films out. The films are so precious to Jan that she is not comfortable with that idea. She says she has been on this quest for five years. She prefers that the work be done by someone local (so the films won't get lost in the mail), but she doesn't mind driving a distance to deliver them. If you can help Jan, please call her at (727) 207-2299.
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Carol Waranauckas of Dunedin is a great friend. She wrote to REX in the hopes that someone might have some kind of easy-to-carry/roll portable carrying case for small oxygen tanks that she could give to her friend. Carol is trying to help the friend out as it is hard for the woman to get to her phone. Her friend still wants to be active and go out to lunch etc., but the tanks she has are awkward to handle and she needs to take at least two to go out for any length of time. Her friend lives in Holiday, but if you can help, please call Carol in Dunedin at (727) 736-3865.
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