Abundance Exchange returns, scheduled for Saturday at OLC

Posted: Dec. 6, 2012 10:13 am Updated: Dec. 20, 2012 11:19 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Victoria Taylor says the concept of the Abundance Exchange is a simple one.

"It's about making a difference in someone's life," she said.

Taylor is the coordinator of the fourth Abundance Exchange, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Oakley-Lindsay Center. Community members are invited to come and take what they need -- with certain limitations -- from the donations. The event is sponsored by the Unity of Quincy church, pastored by the Rev. Ron Fritts.

"It's always wonderful to see the community get involved and come together for this," Fritts said. "We're expecting between 1,000 and 1,500 to take part."

People interested in donating items are invited to bring in their household goods, non-perishable food, toys, books, Christmas decorations, small appliances, furniture, winter coats, gloves, mittens and personal hygiene products from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. No clothing will be accepted, other than winter outerwear.

Those dropping off items on Friday should use the south entrance of the OLC.

"The purpose of the exchange is to offer an outlet for our abundance and provide an opportunity to let go of items that no longer serve us and may prove more useful to someone else," Fritts said. "There are no requirements, no paperwork -- just a free exchange of goods."

The Abundance Exchange is returning after a year's hiatus. The first two years saw it held at this time of the year, then switch to early in the fall for the third year. Fritts said while the third year was successful, it did not reach the level of the first two exchanges, and Unity members realized a return to a date closer to Christmas was needed.

The Exchange Club, County Market, WGEM and radio station Y101 are partnering with Unity of Quincy.

"Our previous Abundance Exchanges have shown our community's generosity and willingness to come together and share abundance," Taylor said. "This year offers another opportunity to experience the joy of giving and receiving."

Assistant coordinator Angel Smith says the program is way to practice gratitude.

"In assessing our possessions, we can become better aware of our many blessings, whether we are giving or receiving," she said. "And, you can find some cool stuff."

For more information, contact Unity of Quincy at (217) 222-1077 or