Rhode Island Coat Drive

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.

This year, we are reaching out to our community for financial support in order to offset the costs of the UHauls used to move the literal THOUSANDS of coats. We will also use this funding to create a "kid-sized" coat rack, so that our younger attendees have their own "shopping" experience at the exchange. This rack will be shorter and set away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the event. 

Maybe you donated all your coats last year, but still want to support the cause. This is a great way to do so! You will have an immediate impact on this event and the lives it touches. 

Thank you!

For more information, click here. 

Watch the impact here!

Update: We have decided to increase our goal to $3,500 to start a small fund to help for future drives. This will continue to offset costs of coat rack repairs and replacements, communication tools, and Uhaul fees. Every bit helps and will continue to help those in need! Thank you in advance.

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  • Karen Malcolm 
    • $10 
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    • $50 
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    • $50 
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Lauren Testoni 
Warwick, RI
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