The Indian Summer season dwindles, the afternoon light fades into darkness and a coating of frost covers the morning pumpkins. The evening chills sends us back into the closets for the heavier coats we will soon be wearing.
The coming of a New England winter reminds once again that poor Rhode Islanders face a tougher time that the better-off. So once again it is time for us to search those closets for old winter coats to donate to the annual Rhode Island Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange.
The brainchild of community activist and environmentalist Greg Gerritt, the coat exchange once again will be held on the Black Friday shopping day, the day after Thanksgiving. The main site will be at the founding location, on the Statehouse lawn in Providence, which is located in the shadow of both the Independent Man and the Providence Place Mall.
``Buy Nothing Day is the international day to point out how consumerism is destroying our planet and our communities. We collect and giveaway winter coats to give back to the community while pointing out how consumerism is a dead end,’’ says Gerritt,
Collection and the coat giveaway runs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Nov. 28. The rain/snow location is at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at 15 Hayes Street, a long Tom Brady pass from the Statehouse lawn.
There are many other locations around the state to donate coats or pick them up. In Pawtucket, coats wil;l be accepted at the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center at 175 Main Street throughout November. Coats will also be collected at the Hope Artiste Village farmers winter markets on Wednesdays and Sunday morning. Contact Arthur Pitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-369-1918 for more info.
In East Providence, coats will be given away at Bridgepoint at 850 Waterman Avenue between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Nov. 28. Coats will be collected throughout November at various locations, including the Newman YMCA.
In Newport, the coat pickup venue is St. Paul’s Church at 12 West Marlborough Street. Coats will be collected and given away between 10 a.m. and noon on Nov. 28. For further info, contact Rev. Johanne Dame at 401-846-0966 or via email at RevDame@gmail.com
In Wakefield, coats will be gathered and given away at St. Francis Church, 114 High Street between 10 a.m. and noon on Nov. 28. More info an be obtained by contacting Tom Abbott at email@example.com or by calling 401-364-0778.
Other collection sites are at YMCA’s around the region, including the Bayside YMCA in Barrington, the Cranston YMCA, the Kent County YMCA in Warwick, the Newman YMCA in Seekonk, the East Side- Mount Hope YMCA in Providence. Coats can also be dropped off at Providence Youth Services at 640 Broad Street in the capital city. However, this site is not a distribution venue.
The West Bay Family YMCA branch in North Kingstown also will be collecting and giving out coats. Further info on this site can be obtained by contacting Kaitlyn Rooney at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 401-295-6501.