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February 6, 2014

Paying it forward

Facebook group exchanges clothes, household items for free

ANDERSON, Ind. — With boxes filled with clothes, books, DVDs and various knickknacks in her kitchen, at first glance it may look like Kelli Cave loves clutter.

“There was one time the house was overrun (with stuff) and my husband walked in and walked right back out,” she said.

But Cave isn’t clinging to the items, which would eventually cause her house to be in total disarray. She’s organizing and giving them to families in need.

Cave is one of seven administrators on the “One Families Junk is Another’s Treasure!” Facebook page, a marketplace, of sorts.

It’s a place where Madison County residents can request and give away household items – all for free.

In fact, if anyone even mentions a dollar amount, there are consequences.

“No sales,” Jodi Allen, an admin, said. “We’ll warn you once but if you do it a second time, we’ll delete you.”

The whole point is to help each other. Members who have items they no longer want post on the group’s Facebook wall or give them to one of the admins to list. People who need specific items can also request them on the page.

The women launched the group in November 2012 after realizing how many struggling families there are in the area. Just a little more than a year later, it has more than 3,500 members.

From necessities to the strange, listings include anything from household needs to stuff meant to entertain. Baby items and clothes are popular giveaways, but Cave said she’s even distributed an Aerosmith book without realizing it was apparently signed by the band.

Just about anything in good condition can be given away.

Stay-at-home mom of four Krystal Pierce said she’s only been part of the group for a month but has already gotten clothes, baby items and books for her kids.

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