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Reader's Exchange: Yarn is yours for the taking

Here's an offer that is sure to delight any crafter in need of supplies. Karen has 21 bags of yarn (gallon size), 100 plastic canvas booklets and 5 pattern books that are free to a good home. She even has the yarn sorted by color. If you are interested, please call Karen at (727) 785-3860.

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Perhaps this REXer will be giving Karen a call. James Thuener of Tampa is looking for some arts and craft supplies for his wife. She has become wheelchair-bound due to a stroke, and spends her time crocheting, drawing and painting. However, James is currently unemployed and cannot afford to buy the supplies she needs. Needed most are pictures to color (she already has felt-tipped color markers), canvas boards, paint and yarn (for making afghans). If you have any of the things James is requesting, he is willing to come pick them up. He can be reached by phone at (321) 287-8774 or via e-mail at

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Harry would like to bring music into someone's life. He has approximately 150 8-track and cassette tapes of big band, swing and jazz from the 1930s, '40s and '50s. He would love to give them to a good home, and he says they are all labeled (they were recorded from LPs). If you are interested, please call Harry at (813) 505-3329.

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It's always frustrating when you are trying to finish a project and you run out of supplies. Randy is trying to finish a brick barbecue pad in his yard. He has some street bricks, but not enough. He will be happy to come and haul away any street bricks or solid (no holes) bricks that were used for building, or even old fireplace bricks. He would not like them to be pavers, but if they have a little mortar on them it won't be a problem. If you can help Randy get his barbecue pad built before summer comes, please call him at (813) 294-6458.

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Here's a sweet deal! Les Harris grew up in north Florida, where they had sugar cane and made cane syrup. Les has been growing it in her back yard in St. Petersburg, and she would like to share it. If you'd like a stalk, call (727) 687-1700.

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Jasmin of Clearwater is a single mother who just had a baby girl, who was born premature and is still in the hospital. She is in desperate need of baby furniture and supplies. She says that all donations would be greatly appreciated. Please call Jasmin at (727) 851-2833.

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Pat's daughter brought home a little slider turtle in a flat pan, thinking it would be a cheap and easy pet. They came to find out that is not the case, according to some Web sites she checked out. She now knows that they are in need of a fish tank, with a filter, and a heater, or anything that will help Speedy live a long life. She is willing to pick the items up almost anywhere. Please contact Pat at (727) 742-8359, or via e-mail at

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Reader's Exchange: Yarn is yours for the taking 03/26/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 25, 2010 11:59pm]
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