DAYTON, Ohio — As medical bills rack up for families with sick children in the hospital, one Ohio nonprofit is helping them one gift at a time.

What You Need To Know

  • The Little Exchange gift shop donated $46,000 to Dayton Children's Hospital last year

  • Since 1950 they've donated a total of $1.7 million
  • Some of the products they sell also give back to those in need

  • The Little Exchange is run by managers and over 80 volunteers

Here at the Little Exchange in Dayton you’ll find a variety of different items from clothing to dining sets.

The Little Exchange manager Melissa Willenbrink said they have a little bit of everything. 

“It’s great because people can come in to shop for friends, family and themselves but then they’re helping give back to children in the community, which is great,” said Willenbrink. 

Since 1950, the Little Exchange has donated money to Dayton Children’s Hospital to help children in need.

Most of the store’s proceeds go towards donations.

Last year, they donated their biggest gift yet: $46,000 adding to the total of $1.7 million.

“They do such a great job of facilitating and making sure the money is going to great kids who really need it,” she said. 

And not only does the nonprofit give back to children in need, they also sell products that give back as well.

For example, the cuddling kind dolls that are made by fair-wage workers in Peru.

“What’s so special about them is that each doll donates 10 meals to hungry children in North America both the U.S. and Canada, so that makes them even more special,” she said. 

The Little Exchange is run by Willenbrink with the help of over 80 volunteers.

She said they all share the same love for giving back to their community. 

“For all of us, it’s just about being able to be in a great environment with a bunch of women who are all here to make an impact on children,” she said. 

Willenbrink said she looks forward to many more years of giving back to Dayton’s Children and helping as many children as they can. 

“It makes us feel good to be able to do that and to keep it local,” she said.