We're reaching out to our supporters to ask that they support Buy Nothing Day this coming Black Friday (which has also been rebranded as Occupy Xmas). While supporting local volunteer organizations is not on the list of approved activities by Adbusters or Wikipedia, we believe it is an amazing way to give thanks while not adhering to the Buy Nothing edict. In fact, it's the opposite of buying...it's giving! Why be passive when you can be active. We are rebranding the Friday after Thanksgiving as Give Something!
If you would like other ideas for how to give this Buy Nothing/Give Something day to more directly support Hurricane Sandy efforts, we recommend donating to Brooklyn Community Foundation Recovery Fund for Emergency Grants to community organizations helping with Sandy relief. Community groups on the ground are so effective with their flexibility to get aid where it's needed most.
Give Thanks on Thursday and don't forget to Give Something this Friday to someone who needs it.