Abundance Exchange 2012

Abundance Exchange 2012

A Community Celebration of Abundance

December 7-8, Oakley-Lindsay Center, Quincy IL

    

Unity of Quincy is excited to announce that this year's Abundance Exchange will be co-sponsored by the Quincy Exchange Club and will take place in the Oakley-Lindsay Center!

Helpers

Once again this holiday season, we at Unity of Quincy want to spread our joy and abundance with the Tri-State community by hosting our 4th annual Abundance Exchange.  On Friday, December 7, 2012, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM, please bring your excess abundance to the Oakley-Lindsay Center south entrance (easiest access is from 3rd and Kentucky).

Then, on Saturday, December 8, 2012,  8:30 AM - 1:00 PM, everyone is invited to come back and browse through the items.  Main entrance will be the south entrance (park in the south parking lot, between 3rd and 4th on Kentucky).  Sharing will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and everyone will receive a number for entry.

The purpose of the exchange is to offer an outlet for our abundance and provide an opportunity to let go of items that no longer serve us, and that may prove more useful to someone else.  It is also a way to show gratitude by assessing our possessions and realizing that we are living in abundance.  The entire community is encouraged to give and to also participate in the receiving.

There are no requirements, no paperwork - just a free exchange of goods.

We welcome your participation in our Abundance Exchange, and may you see the light of Christ all around you this holiday season!

What Items Can I Donate?

As in previous years, the organizers will be requesting donations of the following items that are clean and in good condition:

  • Winter outerwear - jackets, gloves
  • Food (non-perishable)
  • Toys
  • Christmas decorations
  • Household items
  • Appliances (in working order)
  • Furniture

However, as in previous years, the organizers are asking that donors DO NOT bring in clothing.  It takes a great deal of work to sort and display clothing properly!  We recommend that you donate clothing items to the Salvation Army.

  • December 7 - drop off donations, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • December 8 - giving away of items, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

How Else Can I Help?

If you would like to donate money to Unity of Quincy to help defer the costs of the event, you may send a check made out to "Unity" to PO Box 368, Quincy, IL 62306-0368. Please note in the check memo or with an accompanying letter that the money is intended for the Abundance Exchange.

If you would like to volunteer, please call the office at (217) 222-1077 and ask to have your name put on the volunteer list. Volunteers are needed for both days.

For more information on the Abundance Exchange, please call the Unity of Quincy office at (217) 222-1077.

We've had considerable increases in both donations and recipients every year, and we anticipate that trend will continue in 2012!

We are very grateful to the local businesses whose donations will help make this year's event more fabulous than ever:

  • Oakley-Lindsay Center
  • WGEM

 

How it Got Started

Line Outside

Several weeks before Christmas 2008, Victoria Taylor and Monica Thompson wanted to release some of their excess belongings, and do so in a manner consistent with Unity and Native American beliefs - sharing with the tribe".  Originally they thought they would do this only within their Unity church community. However, Vickie later felt inspired to do it at the community level; the phrase that kept coming to her was "In times like these...

Loaded Tables

The exchange was intended to be a way to empower people.  For people with excess, it could be an opportunity to become more aware of their own abundance and also enjoy the opportunity to help people in a direct manner.  For the recipients, it could be an opportunity to receive help without judgment or condition - perhaps even an opportunity to experience unconditional love.

People Signing In

Victoria and Monica also wanted to provide the community of Quincy an opportunity to come together during the difficult times of the financial crisis that had just hit the country in the fall of 2008, and to help each other.  Victoria wanted to help people remember that their true source is God, the true source of their abundance is God, and with that realization, help them let go of attachments to material goods.  Victoria also wanted the opportunity to shine a light on Unity of Quincy, a small church of only about 40 members that most Quincyans had not heard of.

Lots of Furniture

After this original inspiration, Victoria got to work making phone calls and organizing the event.  Niemann Foods Inc., generously donated the use of their vacant building at 30th and Broadway, as well as the utilities necessary to make it habitable for the days it was used.  Quincy Public Schools donated the use of 20 tables.  The event was publicized via live radio interviews, a live television interview and flyers distributed at Niemann Foods Inc's stores in Quincy as well as through the Quincy public schools and members of the Unity church.

Loads of Stuff

The first Abundance Exchange was held in December 2008, and served over 500 recipients. The second Abundance Exchange was held a year later and served over 600 recipients.

About 25 volunteers (most from Unity) helped with both events, which was about 50% of Unity's membership.  It does not take a megachurch to make a change!

The response from the community both years was positive and very generous - over 100 people brought in donations each year.  One couple in 2009, for example, donated a large portion of their household goods as they moved from their home to a smaller home.

The Abundance Exchange has proven to be an extraordinary opportunity for all involved to explore the spiritual truth in the simple teaching of "to give is to receive:" 

 

Three Helpers