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A Chance To Give Back This Black Friday

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It’s the day after Thanksgiving, for many that means door-buster deals, and low-priced consumer electronics, but in Rhode Island the day also offers an...

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, for many that means door-buster deals, and low-priced consumer electronics, but in Rhode Island the day also offers an opportunity to give back.

For the 19th year in a row, local political activist Greg Gerritt has organized a ‘Buy-Nothing Day’ winter coat drive, the day after Thanksgiving. The statewide drive operates donation and pickup sites at locations across Rhode Island.

Gerritt said he thinks of the event as an antidote to a society too driven by consuming.

“A society that’s based on ever more and more economic growth, which means ever more and more stuff, most of which you could replace very easily with more community,” said Gerritt.

Gerritt estimates the drives donate about one-thousand coats annually. If you have an extra winter coat to donate, they’ll be gladly accepted at sites throughout the day.

COAT DRIVE SITES:

Barrington: Bayside YMCA, 70 West Street

Cranston: YMCA, 1225 Park Avenue

Cumberland: St. Patrick’s Church, 301 Broad Street,

Newport: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

North Kingstown: West Bay Family YMCA, 7540 Post Road

Pawtucket: Salvation Army, 102 High St

Providence: State House Lawn, across from the Mall

Rain location Gloria Dei Church, 15 Hayes Street

Greater Providence YMCA sites

Wakefield: St. Francis Church, 114 High Street,

Warwick: Woodbury Union Church, 58 Beach Avenue Conimicut Village

Kent County YMCA, 900 Centerville Rd

Seekonk MA: Newman YMCA, 472 Taunton Avenue, Seekonk

More information can be found here.

Coats will be picked up and donated on the Rhode Island Statehouse lawn Friday.
Coats will be picked up and donated on the Rhode Island Statehouse lawn Friday.