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Reader's Exchange: Yarn donations will keep people warm

Claudine of Crystal River has used Reader's Exchange in the past with much success, and now she is calling on faithful REXers to help her out again. She is looking to reach all the Citrus County retired knitters and crocheters with a yarn stash that they would be willing to donate to her. Claudine participates in the "Warm Up America" campaign, in which knitters and crocheters enroll and vow to knit numerous squares, which are then sent to another part of the group that assembles them into blankets. The blankets are distributed as needed to various charities to be given to those in need. The goal this year is to construct more than 2,000 blankets total. Claudine will accept any usable yarn, in whole or partial skeins. If you can help Claudine help others, please call her at (352) 613-5191, e-mail her at eyepoppin, or drop them off at Eyepoppin' Cheesesteaks, 1111 U.S. 44, Crystal River, FL 34429.

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It's always wonderful to hear about the creative projects teachers come up with for their students. Kelly McGee is a fourth-grade writing teacher at North Shore Elementary School in St. Petersburg who has used the Reader's Exchange in the past for a project about the Holocaust that was completed with the Mahaffey Theater. Kelly was overwhelmed by the response from the community and is appreciative of the generosity of so many people. Now she is writing again to ask for contributions. Kelly is setting up a Writers' Cafe in her classroom as a way to make writing time more exciting and engaging. The idea is to make the room look like a comfortable coffee house where writers might convene, so she is looking for an area rug, lamps, plants, a couch and chairs. Kelly would love it if the donations could be made directly to the school, but she is willing to pick them up anywhere in Pinellas County. The school's address is 200 35th Ave. NE in St. Petersburg. Donors may e-mail Kelly at

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Can anyone help Sandy Meyers of Largo find yearbooks from Largo High School, years 1978 to 1983? Sandy is trying to find them for her daughter, and says that 1983 would be the most important year. If you can help Sandy, please call her at (727) 584-6392 and she will be glad to pick them up.

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L. Wright of Pinellas Park has a few things to donate, and also an item to request. The things up for grabs are a Brother fax ribbon; a white metal roll-about stand; and two or more size 18w stretch denim jeans, short. She is looking for a stereo CD player, 100 watts or less. Please call (727) 546-6003 to contact her.

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Hillsborough Correctional Institution, a faith-based prison for women in the southeastern United States, is in desperate need of a working golf cart. The correctional facility, located in Riverview, welcomes religious volunteers of all denominations to mentor the inmates as they learn and work toward a successful transition back into the community. Many of the volunteers are elderly, and the golf cart would be used to transport them around the sprawling facility. If you can help, please contact Heidi Sumner of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, at (727) 344-1611, ext. 414, or e-mail her at

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. 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. Due to the volume of REX requests, it might take several weeks before your item appears in the paper.

Reader's Exchange: Yarn donations will keep people warm 12/03/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 3, 2010 3:30am]
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