One of Rhode Island’s grand holiday traditions –the Buy Nothing Winter Coat Exchange – is back in its usual Black Friday incarnation. This year the coat exchange will be held on Nov. 27th, the day after Thanksgiving.
Buy Nothing Day is the brainchild of political and environmental activist Greg Gerritt. This year marks the 19th annual celebration of an event dedicated to helping the needy, raising awareness of community and the true meaning of the holiday season – helping others rather than engaging the frenzy of buying at big box stores and malls. Last year more than 1,000 coats were given out.
The tradition is simple. Those who have coats cluttering up their closets give them to needy Rhode Islanders who face a chilly winter.
Everyone who has a winter coat to donate can bring it to one of the many distribution sites spread around the state. Among the venues are YMCA sites in Cranston, Providence, West Bay, Kent County and Bayside. Other sites include Woodbury Union Church in Warwick, St. Patrick’s Church in Cumberland, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Newport, St. Francis Church in Wakefield, the Salvation Army at 102 High Street in Pawtucket and the South Lawn of the Statehouse in Providence. The rain location for the Providence site is the nearby Gloria Dei Church.
A complete listing of hours and sites, along with contact information, can be found at http://prosperityforri.com/2015-buy-nothing-dat-winter-coat-exchange-sites’and schedules .
Further information is available from Gerritt at 401-331-0529