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Reader's Exchange: He hopes his search leads to a metal detector

Can anyone help John of Dunedin? He is currently undergoing chemotherapy for Stage 4 cancer and has a wish: He is wondering if anyone out there has a metal detector they no longer use and would generously donate it to him. John says he needs to get out and walk around, and having a metal detector would make that activity much more enjoyable. If you can help John, please call him at (727) 269-6077.

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Ellen of South Pasadena is wondering if there are any groups that might be interested in quantities of plastic tubing that she has accumulated. She has 7-foot pieces of clear plastic tubing and 25-foot pieces of clear green plastic tubing. Ellen has a continuous supply from using oxygen and also has many friends who also can supply a group. Ellen asks if any clever REXer might have a suggestion for craft projects that she might try herself if no group comes forward to claim the tubing. Ellen can be reached at (727) 360-0281.

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Just one of the wonderful features of this area are all of the native fruit trees that are everywhere. It usually happens that people who have orange and grapefruit trees at their homes end up with too much fruit to eat themselves. That is what Randy of Largo is hoping for, as he is looking for anyone with good, sweet-tasting oranges and grapefruits that would be willing to share them with him. Randy will then donate the fruit to "special people who will be delighted to receive them." If you will share your fruit with Randy, please call him at (727) 393-5363.

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Lorraine of Clearwater is a faithful REXer who has used the column many times, and always reads it. She read a request for a typewriter several weeks ago, and it inspired her to write in this week. Lorraine is in need of someone who can fix typewriters. Hers will not work, and she has searched everywhere for someone to repair it, to no avail. Lorraine really misses using her typewriter, and says that she's too old to mess with a computer. If you can help, please call her at (727) 669-8993.

Thank you

Marian of St. Petersburg requested the typewriter that inspired Lorraine to write in this week. Marian had requested a typewriter because she has severe arthritis that makes writing hard for her. She wrote in to say that she was overwhelmed when she received 18 offers the very day the column ran, and that by the afternoon she had received a portable, electric Smith Corona typewriter. She used the typewriter to send in a thank-you note, and to say that she couldn't believe the generosity of strangers.

Reader's Exchange: He hopes his search leads to a metal detector 02/20/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 11:26am]

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