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Reader's Exchange: Young journalists could use your old cameras

This holiday season may bring the gift of a new camera to some of you. Are you wondering what you'll do with your old camera? Rhonda Iovino, a journalism teacher at Osceola High School, has a suggestion: You could donate it to her students. They run their own newspaper, and that includes the business of raising all the funds for printing costs. There is little money left for cameras. She said they'll take any old cameras and would be happy to pick them up. If you have an old camera to donate to these budding journalists, please call Rhonda at (727) 547-7717, ext. 1308, or e-mail her at

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The year's end also brings many good deals on new computers. Sherry Ann is hoping that someone who has upgraded would be willing to part with their old computer or laptop. She would like it for her father, who has recently retired and wants one to keep busy. If you can help, please call (727) 323-4952.

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Corinna Olson, age 8, is looking for old candles and candle stubs for a recycling project she's doing for school. She and her mom are willing to come pick up any candles that aren't being used anymore, of any size, shape and color. Please call (727) 596-7376.

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This holiday season, Karen Mauro is looking to put some light on her Christmas tree. She is looking for an electric color wheel, such as the type used on the silver Christmas tree. She is also looking for an old Tiny Tears doll that she would like to surprise her older sister with. If you can help her find either, she is in Largo, and can be reached at (727) 585-4198.

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Florence King of Gulfport has several bags of scraps and materials that can be used for stuffing and small projects. If anyone would like to put the scraps and materials to use, please call Florence at (727) 323-3246.

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Many of our readers cross-stitch, so maybe someone can help J. McDermott find baby dinosaur birth certificate cross-stitch patterns. She told a friend who's expecting that she would make her one, only to find the patterns seem to be out of print. She would be willing to pay postage if someone could send her the pattern. Her mailing address is 9316 Nile Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34655, and her e-mail address is

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Julie Hay of New Port Richey has a large number of CD jewel cases she no longer needs. Call her at (727) 808-2180 or e-mail her at


Peggy Fortner would like to give everyone involved with the Maine Knitters a great big thank-you. Because of 33 REX readers, 205 pairs of mittens, 68 hat and mitten sets, six hats, six scarves and two bushels of tangelos were shipped free of charge by FedEx to the kids in Abington, Mass.

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: Young journalists could use your old cameras 12/12/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 11:50am]
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