Buy Nothing Day goes coast to coast

Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange goes Coast to Coast

Press Release;  Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange goes Coast to Coast

Contact Greg Gerritt  401-331-0529 and local contacts listed below

For the last 14 years the Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange, where winter coats stashed in closets in Rhode Island are transferred to those who could use them to keep warm in a joyous frenzy, has steadily grown: in number of sites holding events, in the number of people volunteering and collecting coats, in the number of people it provides warm clothing for.  This year 4 additional  sites have joined the celebration:  Barrington RI, Louisville and Radcliff KY, and Eugene Oregon.  Those of us already celebrating the event in 5 locations in Rhode Island and Salt Lake City UT welcome them, wish them successful events, and hope the word and events keep spreading.

This statement found in the flyer for Rhode Island events speaks directly to our mission.

14th Annual BUY NOTHING  DAY 
If you have a coat to give, please drop it off.
If you need a coat, please pick one up.

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.

All locations have their own style, their own special flavor, but all essentially operate the same way.  Beginning at 10 AM on the day after Thanksgiving all sites are open for anyone who wishes to bring by winter coasts for others to use, for all who need a winter coat, and for all those volunteering to make the transactions celebratory in the dark days. All of the events accept coats on the day of the event, and a few collect coats throughout November  for distribution on November 26.

14th Annual BUY NOTHING  DAY 
If you have a coat to give, please drop it off.
If you need a coat, please pick one up.
Rhode Island 
Providence:   State House lawn (directly across from Providence Place mall)
rain location  St Johns Cathedral   271 N Main St
Greg Gerritt: 331-0529;;
Phil Edmonds: 461-3683;

Pawtucket:    Blackstone Valley Visitors Center, 175 Main St.
Arthur Pitt 369-1918;

Newport – St Paul’s Church 12 West Marlborough St.
10 AM to Noon Maggie Bulmer 849-3537.

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 Ganley (508) 837-0467

Louisville: The Green Building, 732 East Market Street
Ted Loebenberg, 401.952.6566

dcliff: Colvin Community Center, 230 Freedom Way  10:00am-1:00pm
Jeff Peden, 502.817.4706

Salt lake City: Library Plaza    200 East 400 South

Eugene: Bad Egg Books Infoshop, 112 E. 13th Ave
(541) 636-3570

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