Photo via Buy Nothing Day Coat Drive – Rhode Island Facebook Page

On November 27th 2015 – 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 Newport as part of  Buy Nothing Day Coat Drive – Rhode Island, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will join churches and community organizations across the state in holding a winter coat exchange.

Coats will be given away and collected at St. Paul’s, 12 Marlborough Street, on November 27th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

2015 Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange Sites and Schedules 

Coat Drive Date: Friday November 27th, 2015

Providence: State House Lawn – Across from the Mall
RAIN LOCATION: Gloria Dei Church 15 Hayes Street
Friday November 27 9 AM to 1 PM
Contacts: Greg Gerritt: 331-0529 gerritt@mindspring.com and Phil Edmonds philwhistle@gmail.com

Pawtucket: Blackstone Valley Visitors Center – 175 Main St
Coats accepted at the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center and many other locations in Pawtucket all through November during business hours.
Collection: November Winters Farmers Markets Wednesday evening
&
Saturday morning at Hope Artiste Village.
Coats given away Friday, November 27 10AM -2PM
Contact: Arthur Pitt 401-369-1918 kingarthur@yahoo.com
http://www.neighborhoodlink.com/NAP-_Neighborhood_Alli…/home

Cumberland: St. Patrick’s Church Lawn – 301 Broad Street
Friday, November 27 9AM- 11AM
Contact Molly Cabatingan at (401) 334-9639 or at troop415cumberland@gmail.com

East Providence: Bridgepoint – 850 Waterman Ave
Coats collected and given away Friday November 28 9 AM to 1 PM
Coats collected throughout November at various locations in East
Providence and Seekonk including the Newman YMCA.
Contact: David or Lisa Spencer 401- 965-9099 Dspencer@atlanticpaper.com

Newport: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church – 12 Marlborough Street
Coats given away and collected November 27 from 10 AM to 2 PM
Contact: Office Administrator: Ralph Petrarca 401- 846-0966 stpaulnpt@gmail.com
Office hours are 9AM – Noon, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Wakefield: St. Francis Church – 114 High Street
Coats Collected and given away November 27 10AM to Noon
Contact: Tom Abbott 401-364-0778 dawgdays@cox.net

Warwick: Woodbury Union Church – 58 Beach Avenue Conimicut Village
November 27th from 10am to 12 noon.
Good condition winter coats, jackets, vests, gloves, mittens, and scarves.
Church phone number: 401-737-8232. E-mail contact: jtarring@verizon.net.
Greater Providence YMCA Sites
Collection and Distribution
All sites collecting coats throughout November
Most sites distributing coats on November 27 9AM to 1PM
Bayside YMCA – 70 West Street, Barrington 
Collection and distribution site
Distribution Friday November 27
Contact: Welcome Center Director Sandra Carney 401-245-2444 scarney@gpymca.org
Drop off and pick up site

Cranston YMCA – 1225 Park Avenue, Cranston
Collection and distribution site
Distribution Friday November 27
Contact: Senior Director Andrea Champagne 401-943-0444 achampagne@gpymca.org

Kent County YMCA – 900 Centerville Road, Warwick 
Collection and distribution site
Distribution Friday November 27
Contact: Welcome Center Director Patricia Driscoll 401-828-0130 pdriscoll@gpymca.org

West Bay Family YMCA Branch – 7540 Post Road, North Kingstown 
Collection and distribution site
Distribution Friday November 27
Contact: Welcome Center Director Kaitlyn Rooney 401-295-6501 krooney@gpymca.org

DROP OFF ONLY SITES:
East Side/Mount Hope – 438 Hope Street, Providence 
Drop off coats throughout November
Not a distribution site – coats distributed via the Providence site
Contact: Welcome Center Director Christy Clausen 401-521-0155 cclausen@gpymca.org

Newman YMCA – 472 Taunton Avenue Seekonk, MA
Collection of coats only
Not a distribution site – coats distributed via East Providence site
Contact: Welcome Center Director Paula Roy 508-336-7103 proy@gpymca.org

Providence Youth Services – 640 Broad Street, Providence
Not a distribution site – coats distributed via the Providence site
Contact: Welcome Center Director Christy Clausen 401-521-0155 cclausen@gpymca.org

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