• Community Coat Exchange Partners

    Blue Sky Institute
    (organizer)


    Westminster College Environmental Center


    Crossroads Urban Center


    State of Utah Health Department Employee Wellness Council


    Salt Lake Center for Science Education
    Drop off/Collection site
    1400 W. Goodwin Avenue, SLC, 84116


    Syracuse Arts Academy
    Drop off/Collection site
    2893 W 1700 S, Syracuse, UT 84075

    Fairpark Community Council


    Poplar Grove Community Council


    All Chay Restaurant
    Drop off/Collection site
    1264 500 N, Salt Lake City, UT 84116


    Chapman Branch Library
    Drop off/Collection site
    577 S 900 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84104


    Animal Care Center Center

    Drop off/Collection sites:

    Salt Lake Airport location:”Utah Dog Park” at 1977 West North Temple

    Bountiful location: 698 West 500 South in West Bountiful


    Green Women Rising


    OneVoice Recovery


    Becoming a Community Partner is easy!
    Partners agree to:
    Promote the Community Coat Exchange with outreach materials (flyers and social media, websites, etc.) that include the Coat Exchange website address and contact information. Community partners also agree to endeavor to set up collection sites if possible.
    Contact coatexchange@blueskyinstitute.org to learn how to become a Community Partner!


  • The Community Coat Exchange is a project of Blue Sky Institute.
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Serving the Community

Bea Gaddy and My Wish

Bea Gaddy doesn’t have anything to do directly with our Community Coat Exchange.  Bea Gaddy has everything to do with inspiring me to serve our community.

As a younger woman growing up in Frederick County, Maryland – about 50 miles west of Baltimore, I would watch with intrigue each Thanksgiving as the local news would air the piece about the huge Thanksgiving Feast organized by this amazing woman – Bea Gaddy. ( I have linked to her story and other sites below.)

Each year I would continue to be inspired by the stories published about Bea Gaddy and her efforts.  I would think to myself “I want to be like her when I grow up.”

Years ago I learned about a community event in Rhode Island held every year the day after Thanksgiving – the Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange (See “Sister Events” on the right sidebar).  Inspired by it, I organized Utah’s Annual Community Coat Exchange held each year the same day, the day after Thanksgiving.  Each year of its existence I see that our Utah event is growing by leaps and bounds.  It is amazing to me the outpouring of support by people from all over for this effort.

And now Coat Exchange events are held coast to coast – with events in Kentucky and Oregon, in addition to the Rhode Island and Utah events.

As I have been reflecting on this event,  I have come to realize, on a small scale and relevant to my world, that my wish has come true, thanks to everyone in my life who has influenced me – my amazing and wonderful husband, my parents, my grandmother, my siblings, my children, my wonderful friends, and others in the world who have inspired and influenced me….

I have grown up to be more like Bea Gaddy.

My desire now is to continue to grow and serve our community in ways that all people will benefit from educational efforts such as the Community Coat Exchange.

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Bea Gaddy Places:

Bea Gaddy Bio

Bea Gaddy Women and Children’s Shelter

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