Coat Exchange — State House Lawn

(11.29) Rainy days are perfect for going through your closets and purging. Then spread the warmth by bringing your unused coats and outerwear (on hangers please) as well as gently used gloves and hats, down to the lawn in front of the statehouse (mall side) for the annual coat exchange. This is all part of the annual Buy Nothing Day. (Facebook event.)

The BND Coat Exchange began over 20 years ago when founder Greg Gerritt decided to channel his love of the environment into a charitable cause. Annually occurring on Black Friday, Buy Nothing Day invites you to give rather than spend, and to repurpose rather than toss.

Each Friday after Thanksgiving, those in need of warmth meet at donation sites around the state to receive gently-used winter gear. Whether taking a coat or donating one, you’ll always be met with a smile.

If you can donate a coat, please do so. If you can organize a coat collection, please do so. If you need a coat, please come take one off the racks. Free, no questions asked.

Maybe you are out of surplus coats from having given so generously in the past: A GoFundMe page has been started to help the organization defray expenses like coat racks and transportation. Way to go Hot Club!

Providence’s very own Hot Club is collecting your winter gear donations NOW through November 26, and they’ve also donated $300 towards our fundraiser!

BND has other locations around the state as well.

(If you are reading this today, Sunday, the Hot Club is holding ‘Feed Your Neighbor Day’ from 1pm to 5pm.)

9am, Friday, November 29, RI State House, Gaspee Street side, (directions)

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