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For over 20 years Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange has worked to keep Rhode Islanders warm



The Buy Nothing Day 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.

Today was a beautiful, if brisk day for the event. I was surprised to see founder Greg Gerritt there – he had been working for a time to hand the organizing of the event off to others – but he was just there to help set up and organize. This important, annual event is in good hands.

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Steve Ahlquist is a frontline reporter in Rhode Island. He has covered human rights, social justice, progressive politics and environmental news for nearly a decade.

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