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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bride-to-be could now be pronounced ‘recipient of wedding decor’

Chris Graham

Most weddings are planned far in advance, with few details left to chance – a guest list compiled, menu approved, reception site selected, some place cards moved.

With no eloping on this occasion, the cost may enter into the equation.

Is there a bride ready to say “I do!” to a Mailbag offer asking, Is there anyone who would like wedding-related items, and some for setting up housekeeping?

For the bridal party

“I have some items that a bride-to-be who is on a budget might be interested in using for her wedding,” writes Mary Jane Q., of Amherst (LTR 2,908). “The items include a complete invitation packet (50 sets), full and partial packs of bubble wands, a dozen small bubble vases that my daughter floated candles in and mirror tiles that reflect the candles in the vases.

“Because we are moving, I have some household goods to give away, including a small kitchen table, some dishes and pans. Also, I have an electric typewriter (1980s).

“All items to be picked up, or I may be able to deliver depending on time. Thank you for having this great service.”

If these items would serve your purposes for your big day and beyond, give Mary Jane a ring at 673-7793 (not “the” ring, of course.)

Wheelchair needed

“Does anyone have a small and/or portable wheelchair they are no longer using or may be willing to lend for the summer?” asks Cindy B., of Nashua (LTR 587). “Our very active mom is 81, and due to a heart condition, she cannot have the knee replacement she needs. We would like to find a way to allow her to be active and join us for fun during her visit.

“She will be here May through September. Can anyone please help?”

While mobility opens doors, sometimes a conveyance is needed to explore beyond the threshold. If you have a wheelchair available, it’s time to convey the message to Cindy at 204-7439.

Has sleeper sofa

“We have a queen-size sleeper sofa, color is brown, in good condition, which we would like to give away to someone who could use it,” say Andy and Jackie C., of Hollis (LTR 2,909). “You will need two strong men to haul it away.”

Perhaps people in influential positions – since they tend to “carry a lot of weight” – could help you with the sofa after you call Andy and Jackie at 465-7860.

Needs twin-bed frames

“I have grandchildren who like to have overnights with me, and I just got two sets of twin mattresses and box springs, but no frames,” says Leslie J., of Merrimack (LTR 1,421). “If there is someone out there with a couple of twin-bed frames just gathering dust, I will gladly take them off your hands! I don’t necessarily need beds; frames should be enough.

“I have been both a giver and recipient of Chris’ Mailbag in the past, and think that this is a wonderful way to recycle those items no longer wanted or needed that can definitely help out those on limited budgets.”

The Mailbag works thanks to lots of wonderful readers – givers, receivers and those looking out for others. Leslie can be reached at 864-8791.

Interested in a piano?

“We have a Kimball console piano that is in good condition; any person or organization who can come pick it up can have it,” says Peg L., of Nashua (LTR 2,910). “One of the legs is a little loose and may need someone to brace it, but the piano still sounds great.”

Founded in 1886 by William Wallace Kimball, the W.W. Kimball piano company was once America’s largest piano manufacturer, according to the “Blue Book of Pianos.” Interested parties can call Peg at 886-1390.

Fridge, vacuum needed

“My daughter is a single mother of three young children who is moving because the whole complex where she lives is being torn down,” writes Debra T., of Nashua (LTR 2,911). “She needs a nice refrigerator and a working vacuum cleaner. They have found a place to move to, but can’t move in without a fridge.

“She is still short a little bit of money to move, so if someone can please help the family, I would be blessed, as well.”

Jennifer N., Debra’s daughter, has written, as well, expressing how help with these appliances is needed and would be appreciated. Debra can be reached at and Jennifer can be reached at

Please let me know how things are working out.

Entertainment variety

“I would like to donate some items, which include a 13-inch Zenith color TV and a 25-inch Zenith color TV, both in working condition,” says James C., of Hudson (LTR 2,912). “Also, I have a Ping-Pong table that folds up and has wheels for easier storage.

“All items will need to be picked up. Thank you for supplying a way to help others.”

A call to Jim at 886-3441 could net you one, two or all three of these items. Your serve!


Meghan K., of Hudson (LTR 2,096), writes, “We received over two dozen phone calls and four emails for the Mason jars. My new friend Cheryl was very happy to pass them on to Ron, who was the first caller. Thanks again.”

Judith V., of Hudson (LTR 2,906), writes, “Would you believe that the day my request for a three-wheel adult bike was posted in The Telegraph, I received a phone call from a very nice lady, Ann, who said she had one. I picked it up, and it’s in great condition. Thank you, Chris’ Mailbag, I could never had afforded one of these bikes.”

Debbie D., of Nashua (LTR 620), is enjoying freshly squeezed produce thanks to a juicer given to her by Mary, of Hudson.

Manuel H., of Nashua (LTR 2,789), will be receiving an email from Allyson J., of Hudson, who has a bicycle for his 10-year-old daughter.

Contact Chris’ Mailbag by sending mail to Chris’ Mailbag c/o The Telegraph, 17 Executive Drive, Hudson, NH 03051, or email Include full name and complete address, along with telephone number or email address for publication, if applicable. Items eligible for publication are for donation, trade or barter only; requests of items for sale or purchase will not be included. Items obtained through the Mailbag are donated by readers for the exclusive use of Telegraph readers or others who may accept the donation. Any resale is expressly prohibited and closely monitored. Violators will be prosecuted for fraud and theft by deception.