Shopping for a Cause

 Shopping for a Cause

A Dayton shop gives back to the community by donating its profits to Dayton Children’s Hospital

While the outside of The Little Exchange Fine Gifts might resemble a house, this establishment is more than meets the eye. This full-service gift boutique is also a nonprofit that donates its profits to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

The Little Exchange, which began more than 60 years ago, was started by five prominent women in the Dayton area as a type of consignment shop. People could donate items such as high-end clothing and furniture to be sold for a profit. At the time, those profits would be donated to several organizations, include the American Red Cross and Barney’s Convalescent Hospital. Barney’s would eventually be renamed Dayton Children’s Medical Center.

Today, The Little Exchange still donates to Dayton Children’s but the shop has also narrowed its focus within the hospital. The proceeds today go to the Family Resource Connection, a program that helps families of patients whose basic, social needs are not being met. This can include food, transportation and housing.  

To date, a total of $1.6 million has been donated to Dayton Children’s. 45 Park Ave., Oakwood. 937-299-1561,