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February 6, 2014

Paying it forward

Facebook group exchanges clothes, household items for free

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ANDERSON, Ind. —

She bought her 3-year-old new clothes for Christmas, but after a growth spurt she no longer had any pants that fit her. After posting her need on the site, a woman said she had a few and ended up giving her two bags full of clothes in great condition. There were so many nice pairs of pants and pajamas that she almost cried.

“As moms you pass down and exchange things back and forth,” Pierce said. “You can have all the money in the world but if someone gives you something you need, it helps so much you just have to pay it forward.”

Pierce is ready to pay it forward. She’s getting ready to post a car seat, shoes, winter clothes and some of her daughter’s clothes.

Giving back helps her get rid of things she doesn’t need around the house, she said, but it’s also a way to keep the site going to help families.

Exchanging items instead of buying new can help conserve resources.

“My motto is 'get your clothes free so you can save money for food and bills,' ” Cave said.

It’s still common for people to ask for food, though. While the admins praise local food banks, sometimes people can only get snack items instead of meals.

“One bag of groceries may seem little to us, but it could be the world to someone else,” Cave said.

The women try to fulfill any need they can because each of them have needed help at some point.

“I’ve personally been blessed by this site,” Allen said.

Besides receiving clothing and other stuff from the group, Allen said in a way the page gave her a job. Through the site, she met Cave and her sister, Jennifer Cox. Now, not only does Allen help run the group, she works at Cox’s daycare, too.

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