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Ujamaa Exchange helps community to share useful items

2/24/2017, 6 a.m.

Families and individuals can bring new and gently-used items or extras to trade at the Ujamaa Exchange on Feb. 25 at First Afrikan Church in Lithonia.

The bi-monthly Community Giveaway, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is a project of the church's Ujamaa Ministry.

Rev. Rhonda James-Jones, a church elder, said everything is free. Participants can bring clothing, shoes, books, furniture, appliances, electronic good, anything that can be useful to others. At the end of the exchange, they must take back the items that were not exchanged.

"Its also open to people who may need stuff but have nothing to exchange," she said.

James-Jones said the exchange is inspired by the Kwanzaa principle of cooperative economics.

“It helps us take better control of our dollars,” she said. “You give to someone and someone gives to you.”

Ujamaa Exchange takes place on the church grounds, 5197 Salem Road.

For more information, visit www.firstafrikanchurch.org.