My Favorite Holiday

Here’s something to think about for Friday:

What: 16th Annual Buy Nothing Day/Winter Coat Exchange.
When:
10 a.m.-2 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Where:
Several locations around Rhode Island.
About:
On the busiest day on the American retail calendar, 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. Events are held at five locations in Rhode Island. If you have a coat to give, please drop it off. If you need a coat, please pick one up. Volunteers are needed.
• Statehouse lawn (directly across from Providence Place Mall). Rain/snow site: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 15 Hayes St., Providence.
• Blackstone Valley Visitors Center, 175 Main St., Pawtucket.
• St. Paul’s Church, 12 West Marlborough St., Newport, 10 a.m.-noon.
• St. Francis of Assisi Church, 114 High St., Wakefield, 10 a.m.-noon.
• Kent County YMCA 900 Centerville Road, Warwick 9 a.m.-noon.

In the age of Wall St crashing the economy and climate change, we have raised overconsumption to an art form that is tearing apart the ecosystems of the planet and our communities.  To remind us of the madness many years ago people started celebrating Buy Nothing Day to protest basing our society on consumerism.  This year for the 16th year people in Rhode island will gather to collect winter coats from those who no longer need them, and distribute them to Rhode Islanders who can use them.  Over the years we have grown to 9 sites and hundreds of volunteers (thanks to the YMCA for adding a number of sites to the network this year) that collect and give away winter coats instead of heading to the malls, We are sending a message of rethinking consumerism while actively providing a resource for our communities. Anyone who can donate a coat is asked to donate a coat.  Anyone who needs a coat is invited to come get a coat.  Visit   prosperityforri.com/2012-bnd-sites/ for the sites near you.

(By Greg Gerritt on November 19, 2012)

Happy Thanksgiving from the URI Botanical Gardens and your grateful gardener.

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