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8/15/18news article

the Little Exchange presents annual donation to Dayton Children’s Hospital

funds will support the family resource connection

The Little Exchange proudly presented a check for $20,000 to Dayton Children’s Hospital at its annual meeting on August 14, 2018. Debbie Feldman, president and CEO, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Jena Pado, executive director, Dayton Children’s Hospital foundation, Jessica Saunders, director of the office of community health and engagement programs, and Jill Lewis, community fundraising manager, graciously accepted the donation presented by The Little Exchange president, Teri Bazaral.  This check continues the tradition of The Little Exchange’s commitment to supporting Dayton Children’s family resource connection.  Along with the check, school supplies were donated to help prepare families for the new school year.

The family resource connection is a program through Dayton Children’s center for community health and advocacy to help address families’ non-medical issues that have an impact on health. Research shows that there is a direct correlation to positive health outcomes and a child’s social, environmental and behavioral factors. The family resource connection uses a child’s visit to the doctor as an opportunity to screen families for unmet social needs – like food, housing and transportation – and connect them with community resources. Led by a licensed clinical social worker, a group of student workers, called advocates, reach out to families in need and connect them to community resources.  Some of the most common needs identified in the program include out-of-school resources for children, food, school supplies and baby supplies.

"The Little Exchange is awesome," says Debbie Feldman, president and CEO. 

In order to provide the necessary resources toward making a difference in the community, Dayton Children’s is designing a new space which will provide an area for more families to come on a regular basis to get the help they need. A new two-story building for the center for community health and advocacy is being constructed on the corner of Valley Street and Stanley Avenue in the Old North Dayton neighborhood and is expected to open in early 2019. The family resource connection will be housed in this new building along with community engagement programs and additional clinical rooms and expanded medical services for families.

The Little Exchange is a nonprofit boutique located at 45 Park Avenue in Oakwood, a suburb of Dayton, Ohio. Staffed by nearly 100 volunteers, the shop has donated over $1.6 million to Dayton Children’s Hospital over its 65 years of existence.

The Little Exchange is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit boutique known for perfect bridal and baby gifts, infant clothing, unique décor for the home, and men’s and women’s gifts for all occasions. The shop also offers complimentary gift wrap and free local delivery including the University of Dayton and of course, Dayton Children’s Hospital. For more information call (937) 299-1561 or visit www.thelittleexchange.org.

For more information about the family resource connection, call (937) 641-3700 or visit www.childrensdayton.org.