Source: Buy Nothing Day Coat Swap
The Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange, Rhode Island’s largest statewide coat drive, is back in action this winter with the Spare a Pair Sock and Underwear Drive drive.
After returning in November to hold their in-person coat swap event in Providence, organizers are now collecting new socks and underwear, which are among the most requested items by people living in shelters or in dire straits. ‘roaming.
The Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange is currently accepting donations of new, unopened socks and underwear for adults of all sizes and genders. Those wishing to donate can order socks and/or underwear and have them delivered directly to the organizers; drop off donations at one of the collection sites available in Cranston, East Greenwich or Providence; or contribute to the association’s GoFundMe fundraiser. The addresses of collection sites are available on RICoatExchange.org.
Donors are also welcome to host their own fundraising site and can do so by emailing [email protected], contacting Facebook, or via the contact form on RICoatExchange.org. Collection will end on April 1, with organizers distributing donations as they are collected directly to homeless people and local nonprofits that help Rhode Islanders in need.
This year, the Spare a Pair socks and underwear drive comes at a good time as the pandemic continues to affect homelessness and unemployment rates in Rhode Island. According to the Rhode Island Coalition to End Homelessness, the state’s homelessness rate is expected to rise from the more than 1,100 reported to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2020, the fourth consecutive year in which the rate increased. Likewise, the state’s unemployment rate is 7.9%, as reported by the Department of Labor and Training in December.
Started more than 20 years ago by Rhode Island activist Greg Gerritt, the Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit and an extension of Buy Nothing Day, an international day of protest against consumerism which coincides with Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States. In recent years, local organizers have gone beyond just collecting for the Buy Nothing Day event to include the Spare a Pair sock and underwear drive, held annually at the start of each calendar year.
More information at https://ricoatexchange.org/.