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Reader's Exchange: Yarn sought to make winter hats, blankets for homeless people

It is always a pleasure to learn about the nice things that people do to help each other. Kendall and her daughter, Angela, want to do something good to help the homeless this winter. Because we had such a long, cold winter last year, they want to crochet hats, scarves and blankets to help keep homeless people warm. They are looking for yarn — full skeins, partial skeins or small remnants — that someone may have lying around. Kendall says she is willing to come pick it up (she's in Clearwater). She may be reached at (727) 452-7825.

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Palm Garden of Clearwater/Rehab and Skilled Care Facility are holding a silent auction to benefit the families affected by the Gulf Coast oil spill. They are looking for small and/or medium tabletop items that can be auctioned off. This includes almost anything. The Resident Council and Red Hatters of the facility are hosting the event, which is open to the public, at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Palm Garden of Clearwater, 3480 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Please call (727) 786-6697 if there are any items that you would like to contribute.

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Anyone feeling crafty? Jerry Schwedler of Pinellas Park has approximately 200 Woodworking and Handyman magazines to give to anyone willing to pick them up. If that is you, please call Jerry at (727) 481-3209.

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Joan Owens of St. Petersburg wonders if anyone has a Flowbee Haircutter they don't want anymore. She had one, but it lost several spacers due to brittleness from age. Joan is willing to pick it up, and can be reached at (727) 278-2998.

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Marla of Clearwater is hoping that someone has all seven seasons of The West Wing that she could watch, then return. She knows that the episodes are being played on Bravo, but she would like to see them in the order in which they were originally telecast. Marla can be reached at (727) 656-0852.

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Here's an offer that could really get you cooking! Mary of Clearwater has an Oster Kitchen Center Mixer that she would like to donate to someone who could really use it. To pick it up, please call Mary at (727) 796-3968.

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Linda Kirkwood of Brooksville has two female chihuahuas that love going in and out the sliding glass door. It is getting more difficult for Linda to get up and down to let them out, and they always want out just when she has sat down. She is looking for an insert for her sliding glass door that would let them come and go as they please. Linda wrote in previously looking for a small wagon to help her do yardwork, but hasn't found one yet, so she's hoping someone out there will have one now. If you can help Linda with either or both things she is looking for, please call her at (352) 200-0124.

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Reader's Exchange: Yarn sought to make winter hats, blankets for homeless people 07/23/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 22, 2010 5:12pm]
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