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Readers find themselves in a giving mood

Who says it's too hot to get useful work done? Certainly not many of the readers whose letters appear in today's column. Giveaways are the subject, many of them the result of spring cleaning that extended into summer, so browse through and see what interests you.

Alma Harman of Palm Harbor has 12 Bend of the River magazines to give to someone from northern Ohio, also used greeting cards and interesting information picked up during trips she has made to Europe, Japan and around these United States. Please call Alma at (727) 786-1513.

Fay hopes you or your sewing group can use a pillowcase full of scrap fabric, most of it polyester-cotton. She would especially like to know the material is being made into quilts or used to dress dolls that will be donated to the less fortunate. If you live in the Port Richey or New Port Richey area, Fay will deliver the fabric. She may be reached by phone at (727) 861-7250 or e-mail

Marjorie Heiser of Clearwater has two to three dozen issues of Country Handcraft magazines to pass along. She also has large pieces of felt and heavy upholstery-quality fabric, both of which could be used in crafts projects. If you give Marjorie a call at (727) 447-6108, she'll tell you where to pick up these items.

Eleanor Lawton-Sebeok of New Port Richey has a number of magazines published by such organizations as the World Wildlife Fund, the National Park Conservation Association and the National Wildlife Federation that address environmental issues. She also has a collection of Smithsonian magazines. Ideally, she hopes the publications will be used in an educational setting where children can learn conservation and appreciation of nature. Eleanor may be reached at (727) 844-0249.

Joan Roche of St. Petersburg has a floral print royal-blue muu muu, size 8 to 10, in excellent condition as well as several artificial leis to go with it. Please call (727) 525-7873 if you are interested in going Hawaiian.

Janice Reiser of Port Richey has 14{ yards of lovely gray-and-black paisley print fabric for anyone willing to pick it up. Please call (727) 862-9089.

Elsa Sattley of Port Richey is passing along three garbage bags of yarn, some used, some new. She would also like to hear from a club or organization that could use a shopping bag full of German paperback romance novels. Elsa prefers to have the items picked up at her home. Please call (727) 844-7363.

Pat of Tampa wants to donate sewing patterns and fabric to a worthy organization. The fabric is suitable for making jackets, dresses, skirts and blouses and includes silk and wool. The pattern sizes range from 8 to 14. Pat may be reached at (813) 961-6109.

Merle Cushman of Largo joined her husband in stamp collecting in the 1940s, but, since his death, Merle has abandoned the hobby and wonders if another philatelist would like to have their stamps. Call her at (727) 393-9642 and leave a message.

Marie Hobson's contribution to today's plethora is an Argus projector and many slide magazines. She also has a collection on 33 rpm records of the "World's Greatest Music," with 33 symphonic classics by 30 composers. If you are interested in these items, please call (727) 447-8441.

A reader with about 60 records (33 rpm), circa the 1950s and '60s and in good condition asks you to call (727) 934-4080 if you wish to give them a home.

Sally Chesnes has a stack of spiritual and religious books you may have if you e-mail her at

Barbara Waller and her husband of Hudson have 40 to 50 trophies he won with his classic car, and they wondered whether your group may have a use for them. The plates come off easily, so new ones can be installed. Barbara also has more than 200 Betty Crocker points. She may be reached at (727) 862-3448.

Speaking of Betty Crocker points, Lorraine Wieczorek of Clearwater also has a large number of them. Call Lorraine at (727) 724-3565.

Send requests to Reader Exchange, Home & Garden, the Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg 33731 or e-mail Requests will be accepted only by mail or e-mail; no phoned requests, please. Except in unusual circumstances, readers must agree to publication of phone numbers.