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Jeanne Turner of New Port Richey is hoping a REXer will make a disabled World War II veteran, soon to be 83, very happy. He is a member of the American Legion and would like to participate in several services the Legion holds, but he needs to dress the part. That means he needs a white short-sleeved shirt, size 151/2, with the required emblems on collar and sleeves.

Jeanne asks if there is a Legionnaire out there who may have put on some weight and now can't button his shirt or who would be willing to give a fellow soldier that shirt off his back, so to speak. Jeanne may be reached at (727) 846-8540.

Robin Elder of Largo needs help inlocating an organization to which she could donate a collection of Longaberger baskets. During the past few years Robin has collected a number of these baskets, all beautiful and in excellent condition.

But she is over that phase, and thinks it time the baskets go where they can do further good. That's why she is looking for a group that perhaps holds a large auction to raise funds for its work. Robin's only request is that the organization receiving these baskets give her documentation of the gift to use for tax purposes.

If you are a part of, or know of, an organization that would benefit from this donation, please e-mail

Stephanie Mayers, who lives in the Tampa/Temple Terrace area, is clearing out her deceased mother's house. She hopes any individual or group that could use lots and lots of yarn in every color of the rainbow or some crochet books and patterns will give her a call at (813) 574-7518.

Sandy of Clearwater needs beginning piano books. Her two granddaughters, ages 5 and 7, want Sandy to teach them to play, but Sandy got rid of her first piano books long ago. If you have books to spare, please call Sandy at (727) 524-1363.

Caroline Brown of Clearwater describes herself as "a late-blooming art teacher." She is getting her education degree and will be teaching art to children. Caroline needs leftover art supplies to "test," among them all kinds of mediums and supplies, half-filled tubes of acrylic, oil or watercolor paints and brushes too. Please call (727) 538-9816.

The craft ladies of Gullaire Village are giving away several spools of crochet thread, as well as a few knitted and crocheted squares for an afghan. And Betty has a large box of board games she'd like to see some boys and girls enjoy. Call (727) 771-9289 to arrange pick up.

Ann Parrish of St. Petersburg is offering some good but no longer used items to good homes:

- Two finished blond sets of hanging wall shelves, 25 by 16 inches.

- An Olympus IS-10 film camera (28-110 zoom lens).

- A Nikon Coolpix 775 digital camera with rechargeable battery.

- Several watches that need new batteries.

Please call (727) 526-5114.

Mel Murphy of Dunedin used to make handmade items to sell at the senior center in Clearwater, until it closed. Now Mel hopes to find a new outlet for the wares. Mel doesn't specify the nature of the goods for sale, but if you know of a place, perhaps another senior center, please write to Mel in care of this column, and we'll send the responses off to Dunedin.

Lori is searching for the patterns for three square dance dresses made by Authentic Patterns Inc. The pattern numbers are 320, 326 and 330, and the size must be 14 to 18. If you can help, please call (352) 585-0075 or e-mail

David of St. Petersburg would like to give his Hammond 125XL organ with bench to a church, nursing home or retirement facility willing to pick it up. If you are interested, send your information to David in care of the column, and we'll see that he receives it.

Marjorie Knapp of Oldsmar thinks her credentials as a good mother may be in jeopardy without your help. Her daughter is convinced that mom will be able to find a replacement for the whisk on her GE225W hand mixer, number 106651, purchased at Wal-Mart.

Marjorie's daughter loves this mixer, which is in great shape except for the whisk, whose wires have parted. Marjorie has tried Wal-Mart and some providers of appliance parts without luck. If you have the part or know where they are sold, call (813) 855-1592.

Thank-you note

Seymour and Edna Robinson of Palm Harbor were touched by all the videos they received in response to their request. Any they don't use will be donated to the Hospice Thrift Store.

Send requests to Reader Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg 33731 or e-mail 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.