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I am trying to locate the whereabouts of my grandson who is of Spanish/British nationality. He was last seen in Granada.
I live in San Lorenzo, California. I am looking for some type of help to fix up the house I am living in. It is not mine, it is my fiance's grandmother's. She is 81 years old and lives here as well. I have a 3 year old and one on the way and I cannot stand the thought of us living in this house anymore.
I just discovered today that my hot water heater metal pipe has been leaking. It is located in one of my bedrooms used as storage. This may have been happening for awhile, as there is mold smell in room.
I work for the National MS society. We have a group in our office that get together weekly to crochet or knit projects for people with multiple sclerosis. We are in need of yarn donations.
Where do you go for help to rebuild a home that burned down in a storm. We live in Dallas Texas and my mom is 81 and had no insurance.
I am starting to crochet hats, scarves, and blankets for our disabled and homeless vets. I am disabled myself and on a fixed income. I am having trouble getting started because I can't find any one to donate any yarn. How can I get the word out better?
Some eBay sellers offer bulk secondhand items very cheaply. What I do is to choose the items I want to keep, and designate others to be offered to other family members, given to charity shops, or upcycled.
If you have kids, you know their zippers are always coming down on certain pants. Hook a keychain ring on the part with the little hole on the zipper pull. Zip it up and hook it over the button and do up the button. No more flying low.
I have about 700 empty CD jewel cases left over from a software business. Do you know of anyone who can use them?
Here are several clever ideas for using vinegar around the house. Post your own favorite vinegar uses.
My daughter has many old girl's basketball trophies that are in good condition and I am hoping an organization can use them. I live in the Pasadena, California area.
We have our mother's fabric to donate. There are 15 boxes. There are some nice pieces; as we are from Pennsylvania we have wool, knit jersey, and some cottons. We are looking to donate in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
My boyfriend and I have been together for 18 months. He is 37 and I am 46. He was separated when we met and is now nearing the end of a very expensive divorce. He is from India and I am American.
We have a couple of resources for kids on the streets in Portland, Oregon: p:ear (spelled correctly), and Outside In. My sister was able to get help from both organizations and now volunteers. I would like to find donated yarn.
My sister, in Iowa, has 15 large bags of fabric to donate. These are yardages, mostly for making clothing. She is unable to sew any longer due to illness. I am helping her find a place where she can donate it.
Where can I donate my old trophies, so that they can be recycled for good use?
Any ideas of charities in Portland, Oregon that could use fabrics in crazy prints in lycra and stretch velvet? I'm closing my dance shorts business and want these 10-60 yards of about 15 prints to go to a good cause.
Is there a place in the Thomson, Georgia area near by that buys the taps off cans? If so what is the address of the place and the name of it?
Are there any quilting non-profit organizations in the Rochester, NY area who make quilts for cancer patients? My client, a patient herself, has a large stash of fabric she wants to donate to make quilts.
Remove the mattress covers by carefully cutting away along the sides. You may have to use pliers to remove staples holding the top and bottom onto the springs. Using scissors, cut away all of the side panels; leaving a cleanly cut top and bottom.
My home was burnt down. My family lost everything and now we're staying in a hotel. The funding is running out and it's very cold. The Red Cross helped along with another organization. I live on SCSI and don't receive that until next month. What else can I do in the short term?
I do this thing with my friends where we make scarfs and hats to give to homeless shelters and children in need. But we can't afford to get too much yarn and it's a really big shelter. So if anyone can tell me where to get free yarn, I would be so grateful.
Save containers from: Chinese Won-Ton Soup, frozen dinners, cold cut meats, to go meals, whipped topping tubs, dollar store plastic ware, etc. Perfect for packing leftover dinner for lunches the next day.
Before you set out to do your shopping, stop at your local Dollar Store. I have had to become very frugal, due to sudden changes in my life.
My mother's house burned down this past Saturday morning. We found out she was not insured. She is 83 years old and the widow of a Korean war veteran. She is coming home with me. Is there anyway we can get help to rebuild?
Do you collect only the front part of the card or the entire card with writing?
We love books but our book collection required bookshelves which required wall space and that means more square footage, which meant a larger house. That larger house required larger payments for mortgage and taxes.
Eighteen months ago I lost my husband of 42 years. Ever since, my children have me use one of those magnetic chore pads that stick to my refrigerator and as I see a light bulb out, a leaky faucet, etc. I write it down.
My mom has a complete set of World Book large print dated in the 50s. What can she do with them?
I have been with my partner for 14 years. We have a 10 year age gap between us and 6 children combined. The first time he yelled at me I was terrified and ran for the hills. Being young and desperate for someone to love me I took him back. My partner has never hit me and for some years it got better.
Is there any help for a single parent whose house burnt to the ground with no insurance?
I need advice on where else to look for help for my daughter and her family. They are victims of their home burning down 2 days before Christmas. We have tried gov.ag and web sites to raise money where do we turn to for help? We have gone to every ag we could think of. Can you or someone tell me what to do?
Where can I donate them where they can be used as a trophy again, not end up in a recycle bin? I would be willing to drop them off.
I have an unknown number of cans, and I would like to know is it worth the trouble of removing the tabs and selling them separately, and where in Lake City, Florida? Would I sell them for top dollar, if they're worth more than just scrapping the whole cans?
I am 15 and have been trying to get a job for a while. I finally got a job opportunity, I'm meeting her and her two children tomorrow. How should I act, and how do I deal with nervousness?
We had a housefire and have reached out to the Red Cross and that helped for 5 days, but they couldn't help past that. We are going to be out of our house for another 3-4 weeks and are needing assistance on where to stay and what we can do for some temp housing.
I have been married for one and a half years and I just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl a month ago. My first marriage ended in divorce. I married a second time and it is worse than the first time.
I had a very bad leak in the kitchen and submitted a claim to my house insurance. My insurance company is about to cancel my house insurance due to the fact they say our roof needs to be replaced. We are all disabled here and are living month to month.
I have four children ages 9, 2, and twin girls age one. Our home burnt down and we are homeless. Is there any assistance for getting us a home?
I work with the Neighborhood Youth Association (NYA), a non-profit organization serving underprivileged youth. We are currently working on a few community-building projects requiring fabric. Does anyone have suggestions as to where I could reach out to get some of our materials filled?
We are a small group of ministry women who need yarn and needles to teach kids from age 6 up to knit and crochet.
I'm a single mom with two small kids. Our house burned down. Where can I get help to start all over? We're from Ozona, Texas. It is a small town.
I have some single left or right shoes that are samples. In Melbourne, where can I send them?
Where can I take my used Christmas cards locally in the London NW3 area?
My heater has gone out, and I can't afford the amount other companies will charge me. I lost my business in this economy, and my credit is shot. It's cold in my house.
I am a single mother of two and have a bad sewage leak under my house in need of repair. There is a lot of water under my house that is on the ground. It has caused my floors to rot out that are now caving in in two bedrooms and the kitchen.
Has anyone successfully removed the fragrance from liquid laundry detergent bottles so that they can be used as drinking water containers?
We have several trophies which were packed away in our attic. These were from our childrens' high school days in the late 70s, early 80s. They do not want them, nor do we. Is there a place in the Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania area that accepts these for recycling purposes?
Where can I get quilting fabric donations for pillow cases I am making for charity? I need bright colors and prints. I live in Elba, New York.
I had a fire in my home Dec 1st in PA. I lost everything. I am single, all alone and on disability. Can't afford to rebuild. Can I get any help? I am reaching out as the house was not insured. Please help. Is there any assistance available?
My dad has had his house for a while now. I moved out because it was falling apart. The bathroom, kitchen, and the floors and walls need serious help. Six of the windows need to be replaced because of termite damage. Termite damage is all though the house. Two doors also need to be replaced.
We closed a fabric store about 10 years ago and stored the rest of the fabrics and notions in a 10x10 storage. We would like to donate them. Do you know anyone can use them? They have to pick up and load the fabrics and notions themself. The storage is in Orange, CA.
I'm having trouble with my plumbing and winterizing my home. I'm out of water as of now. I'm a one income household. Trying to live on $8.35 a hour. I'm attempting to pay heat, mortgage, electric, and all other bills.
What can I do to teach my adult grandchildren to say thank you verbally, for Christmas gifts of gift cards, etc. Their parents say it, they do not.
I have found that the sheets of sponge-like padding can be reused as sponge-like cleaning pads, after cutting the sheets into pieces. I will not be buying sponges for years to come.
My friend is a single mom and her house burned down.I would like to directed to a charity or more that will help my friend rebuild her house.
I live in Windsor Connecticut and have fabric to donate. Does anyone know who would take fabric scraps?
My husband's grandmother is an elderly woman who recently retired. She started rebuilding her home, but it abruptly came to a halt because there was not enough materials to finish the job. How do we go about getting her help?
I have been married for 25 years. Three months into our marriage my husband accused me of cheating on him, that never happened. Then he would say little things while we were out at footballs games, the mall, etc. like "Are you looking for your boyfriend?"
I'm desperately trying to find gifts of any style, shape, or form, for 2 boys ages 17 and 13. If anything, I want them to have something to open on Christmas day!
We have an old set of World Book encyclopedia and Childcraft with several yearly updates. Is there anywhere we can donate them?
I have been married for 7 years. He has always been abusive. I have had 2 trips to the hospital, and 1 broken finger while he was trying to take my keys. He finally stopped the physical abuse, but started mentally abusing me.
I'm looking for my long lost half sibling. My father was Andrew Wilson Kennison. In 1956 or 1957 he got a woman pregnant when he was stationed on the Nellis Air Force Base in Clark County, Nevada. He passed away in 2001 and left me no information on the woman who is the mother of my half sibling.
If you are visiting someone in hospital, freeze a bottle of water the night before, and take it in. The water will thaw very gradually, and will provide a refreshingly cold drink over quite a long period of time. Provided that the patient is not nil by mouth, this is so much better than the tepid water jugs provided by the ward!
Dump about a gallon of Styrofoam worms into an old pillow case. Lay flat and fold in half and pin with three or four pins or use a paper stapler. Smooth out the worms so the whole works lays flat. When sitting on this, even in an ice cold car, your bum will quickly warm up as it reflects the heat.
It is no longer safe for my aged ill mother to live alone. I am going to bring her home with me, but I need extra space for her to live with me comfortably. She is on SSI and I receive disability. Would you please give me some info on how I can receive help?
Does anyone know where I can find wine bottles, liquor bottles, Mason jars (all sizes), and wine corks? I need these items for a project.
I am looking to find free fabric scraps does anyone know where I could find them? I will be making quilts for my church for Christmas.
I am a single mom with 2 young daughters and the heater in my house is broke. I need a new heater. It's 58 degrees in my house right now. How can I find programs that can help me get a new heater?
My husband has a lot of trophies for various sports. We're thinking of moving to another house and need to declutter. Can I recycle them?
There is a site called "Snail Mail My Email". From November 10-16, they will allow you to type a letter to anyone you choose, turn it into a piece of art and mail it anywhere for free.
I know in larger cities, businesses are almost always open. But for those of us in rural areas, shopping in an emergency can be tough.
I am wondering what to do with some garments I have been saving that are too tired looking for my use. Are there places which repurpose or mend them to keep them out of landfills and converted to rags?
Where can I donate used trophies and plaques in Grand Rapids Michigan?
I'm on disability, I don't have the funds to fix my roof. It is leaking in the bathroom and bedroom and there might be mold around the window. How can I get help for this please?
I hate to throw out Kool Aid canisters with the screw on lids. Does anyone have any new ideas about things to make with them?
With Christmas on the way you are normally cooking more than any other time. Buy a big box of baking soda and keep it within reach just in case you have a fire. You can buy a big box for about $3 at most big grocery stores and it sure beats having your kitchen burn down.
Where can I get donations of fabric and thread for a youth group? I teach them dance and help them stay off the street and teach them self respect. I need fabric for their dance costumes...
I have a jar full of soap jelly made from leftover toilet soap. How can I use it now?
I am running a project where we are selling cat beds to raise money for a cat charity in New York. In the Big Apple it is hard to find yarn at garage sales or flea markets. Any yarn would be appreciated. Can anyone help?
I am a university student. I have to do lot of academic work so definitely I want a laptop for doing that work well. Can you help me find an organization that provides free laptops?