Spreading Warmth: Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange warms hearts and bodies with the spirit of community


The warmth will be spread on Friday, November 23, with the annual Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange, which will be happening at various locations throughout the state. This event, which has been happening for more than 20 years, is the definition of community, with an additional focus on repurposing instead of wasting. People who need gently used coats or winter gear are welcome to browse the selection and take one that suits them, while others donate items that they no longer need. This is organized by groups of dedicated volunteers who work hard to ensure that everything goes smoothly and all needs are met.

Event founder Greg Gerritt writes an inspiring message about Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange each year. This year’s touching message focused on underemployment and why there is still a need for an event like this. Gerritt discussed the acquaintances he made with the panhandlers on North Main St in Providence, and told the success story of one. He added that, while unemployment is at a record low, a reason for this is because many have given up on the labor market, feeling left out and settling for what little opportunities they can find. Though the current economy seems successful on paper, events like this are more important than ever.


2018 Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange will take place on Friday, November 23, at locations throughout Rhode Island. Please visit or Email for more information.