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Sunday, March 18, 2012

HEARTS centers on need for sewing machines

Chris Graham

The mission of HEARTS is peer support to people challenged by the daily effects of living, coping and recovering from mental health issues.

Acquiring a new skill plays a big part in boosting confidence and self-esteem, especially when one can proudly say, “I made it myself!”

A sewing class will be added to the HEARTS center’s activities, and it “seems” the Mailbag will be part of the new “pattern.”

‘Sew’ much meaning

“HEARTS Peer Support Center is hoping for a donation of four portable sewing machines,” writes Tom D., of Nashua, assistant executive director (LTR 2,663). “We are going to start a sewing class.”

The invention of the sewing machine during the Industrial Revolution greatly improved the efficiency and productivity of the fabric, clothing and needle industries. It’s hoped these donated sewing machines will improve the mindset, well-being, skills and enjoyment of those trying to better themselves. Tom can be reached at 882-8400 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or

Sign of spring

“My request is for an outdoor water fountain in the shape of an urn, around 3 feet tall,” says Connie S., of Nashua (LTR 517). “The pump does not need to work. I just want to add to my garden as decor.”

Originally purely functional, fountains today are most commonly used to decorate city parks, honoring individuals and events, which makes Connie’s intended use an ideal harbinger of the upcoming season. Connie would welcome your call at 888-1386 or email to

Frozen asset for baker

“Not sure this is something that someone can use, but I have eight 1-pound boxes of frozen Athens Fillo Dough to give away to anyone who can use them,” writes Sandy C., of Merrimack (LTR 2,897). “I assume, with Easter around the corner, some church or organization or large family may be able to use this for Baklava, etc. I would be willing to deliver locally.”

Phyllo is paper-thin sheets of unleavened flour dough used for making pastries in Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisine and enjoyed by people around the world. Sandy can be reached at 424-1026 or

Triple dresser

“I have a pine triple dresser (honey-maple finish) in good condition, including a lighted hutch top with mirror,” writes George K., of Merrimack (LTR 898). “The dimensions are 68 inches wide by 19 inches deep by 33 inches high, without the hutch top.”

This sounds like an attractive, practical addition to some lucky person’s home. If you’re attracted to this offer, call George at 424-3961.

Sweet dreams

“I have a very nice twin bed, mattress, box spring, bed frame, egg-crate mattress pad and bedding for someone in need,” says Leonard A., of Merrimack (LTR 2,052). “This is all in great condition. First come, first served; will not hold.”

If this offer holds the possibility of a good night’s sleep for you, contact Leonard at 424-6782 or

Tune in to TV offer

“I have a 13-inch Magnavox TV, which never has been used,” says Mary G., of Windham (LTR 2,898). “It is the older type, not a flat-screen. It would be good in a smaller room, and would have to be picked up.”

Magnavox, once the only manufacturer of loudspeakers in the United States, adopted the name from the Latin words “magna” and “vox,” meaning “great voice.” Magnavox introduced its first television in 1949. To be introduced to Mary, call 883-3423.

Has organ, dresser

“We have two large items available for pickup. One is an organ with bench and the other is a large nine-drawer dresser,” says Denise E., of Nashua (LTR 913). “Both are dark-oak colored and both are older items. You will definitely need at least two strong guys and a large truck bed to pick these up.”

Anyone aspiring to get organized musically and/or with their clothing may want to call Denise at 318-1207.

Computer available

“I recently upgraded to a new computer, so I have a decent older computer to offer to someone in need,” writes David A., of Wilton (LTR 483). “It’s a 2004 model Compaq SR1010NX, 2.74 GHz Celeron processor, 1.2 GB memory, 40 GB hard drive. It’s been completely wiped and restored to original condition with Windows XP Home (SP3) installed.

“I also have a keyboard, mouse and 17-inch CRT monitor available. Not the latest and greatest, but more than adequate for someone who needs a complete system for home use.”

To plug in to this offer, contact David at 654-5542 or

TVs for the taking

“I have two good-working TVs to give away. One is a 27-inch Phillips and the other is a 20- inch Dynex,” says Lyle S., of Merrimack (LTR 1206). “Both have working remotes and built-in speakers. They would have to be picked up.”

Take your pick, and pick up the phone to call Lyle at 429-1296 or email him at

Big Day of Serving

“The Big Day of Serving in Nashua is looking for new or gently used hand tools for our upcoming service project on May 19,” writes Patty W., of Nashua (LTR 2,899). “Youth and adults will be doing home repairs for area residents of the French Hill section of the city, such as painting, deck building and yard cleanup.

“We are in need of paint brushes, paint rollers and trays, leaf bags and rakes, hand trowels and hammers. Any donations would be greatly appreciated by the youth and the residents we serve.”

With thoughts of spring cleaning coming to mind, keep these needs in mind while going through closets, sheds and basements. Patty can be reached at 345-2253 or

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