Buy Nothing Day 2011

Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange 2011 a

Friends,  It is after Labor Day and with the fall rains I began to think of The Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange, and then started to think about rain gear and how to get more into the hands of people living outside in this community.  For anyone who walks to get their life’s work done, like me, it is essential.  And when I lived outside, it was essential too.  So I begin the 2011 cycle with an email. I love to organize this event with y’all.  Those of you who actually see me in the community, and those of you in remote locations, and increasingly across the country.  This list is primarily for the RI events, though it reaches others. Every place with an event seems to have their own list so materials do get shared widely. This list only gets used for RI Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange emails, an

I have copied last years flyer, with just an update of the date, but not the connections/events/ contact people.  Those of you who are connected directly to the various events, please get back to me and let me know if you are signed on again and if anything needs to change.    Thanks.  Those of you who think you might want to catalyze the bringing of an event to your community, we can help you get started, please get in touch.  Any of you who can translate, get materials into the media, or produce beautiful flyers, feel free and we can share it.  I am not a social media person, though I have a blog where these materials get posted.  If you use the various media and would like to devote a bit of your bandwidth to this event, feel free, and if there is anything special I can send you to help your efforts, happy to oblige.   I can use this network occasionally to publicize these links.

This project has a special place in my heart.  It is one of the ways I connect with my community,  connected me to many folks I would never have met any other way.  And as much as anything I work on it ties the strands of the universe together.  I have a little couplet I use sort of as the tag line for my consulting work.  “You can not end poverty without healing ecosystems, you can not heal ecosystems without ending poverty”.  The BND Coat Exchange seems to fit.

When we did the first one on a whim 15 years ago, 1997, none of us knew what to expect.  That my friends have spread it around the state and the country, and that now it is popping up in new places organized by people with only viral connections to me is a true source of amusement.  I truly enjoy this event, and I hope all of you get to bring a sense of joy to this work despite the conditions in our communities which makes the event a greater necessity each year.

In any case keep me informed about how this work goes in your neighborhood and I will share it.  Send edits for the flyer, but feel free to circulate.


Greg Gerritt  401-331-0529  Providence RI

15th Annual BUY NOTHING  DAY 
If you have a coat to give, please drop it off.
If you need a coat, please pick one up.
State House lawn 
(directly across from Providence Place mall)
rain location St Johns Cathedral 271 N Main St Providence
Pawtucket Visitors Center, 175 Main St. Pawtucket
On November 26th 2010 – the busiest day in the American retail calendar and the unofficial start of the international Christmas-shopping season – thousands of activists and concerned citizens in 65 countries will take a 24-hour consumer detox as part of the  annual Buy Nothing Day, a global phenomenon that originated in Vancouver, Canada. Some see it as an escape from the marketing mind games and the frantic consumer binge that has come to characterize the holiday season, and our culture in general. Others use it to expose the environmental and ethical consequences of over-consumption.  In Providence as part of International Buy Nothing Day, we hold a winter coat exchange on the lawn of the State House directly across from Providence Place mall. In Pawtucket the transfer of coats takes place at the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center. Events are also held at 4 other locations in Rhode Island. There are many partners for this event: community organizations, places of worship, civic, and environmental groups. Volunteers are needed to help with this life-affirming event.
Contact information: Providence Greg Gerritt: 331-0529;;
Phil Edmonds: 461-3683;
Pawtucket – Arthur Pitt 724-8915;
Other participating locations
Newport – St Paul’s Church 12 West Marlborough St. 10 AM to Noon Maggie Bulmer
Woonsocket St Ann’s Arts and Cultural Center  84 Cumberland Street Wally Rathbun
Wakefield –St. Francis Church, 114 High Street, 10AM to noon Tom Abbott 364-0778
Barrington Bayside Family YMCA  70 West St   Connie

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