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Patagonia to donate $10 million from Black Friday revenue

Before Thanksgiving, outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia promised to donate 100 percent of its Black Friday sales revenue to  "grassroots organizations working in local communities to protect our air, water and soil for future generations."

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The company expected to reach $2 million in sales online and across its 80 stores, but that goal was met many times over -- five times to be exact. 

The company sold $10 million worth of merchandise. 

"We're humbled to report the response was beyond expectations ... Patagonia reached a record-breaking $10 million in sales," the company said in a statement. "The enormous love our customers showed to the planet on Black Friday enables us to give every penny to hundreds of grassroots environmental organizations working around the world." 

Lisa Pike Sheehy, vice president of environmental activism at Patagonia, told CNN that the decision to donate the funds to hundreds of environment-conscious organizations across the country came after Election Day.

"This is a difficult and divisive time for our country. I believe the environment is something we can all come together on," Sheehy said. "Environmental values are something we all embrace."

"The threats facing our planet affect people of every political stripe, of every demographic, in every part of the country," CEO Rose Marcario said in a Nov. 21 statement. "We all stand to benefit from a healthy environment." 

The funds raised on Black Friday will go to environmental groups in more than 20 countries. 

"The majority of the grantees are grassroots environmental nonprofit organizations working to address the effects of climate change and other issues affecting our planet," a spokeswoman for the company said. "(Most) of them are local and underfunded and they are in countries and communities where Patagonia has people on the ground -- from Ventura, California, to Osaka, Japan. It will take six to 18 months to disburse the funds." 

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Video shows ransacked Nike store on Black Friday

Black Friday can be an exciting time for consumers hoping to take advantage of great deals, but it can also be an intimidating day for those who work in retail.

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The Seattle Premium Outlets were packed with shoppers on Black Friday, but the Nike factory store in Tulaip, Washington, wasn't prepared for the mayhem that took place. 

On a typical day, this is what the store looks like:

A photo posted by Northwest Kicks (@northwest.kicks) on Nov 20, 2016 at 9:59am PST

But after Black Friday, when shoppers ransacked the store while trying on shoes and snagging deals, the store looked much different.

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Customer Larry Downer, of Seattle, recorded video of the mayhem.

"The wake of consumerism at the Nike Factory Store is savage," Downer wrote on Facebook on Friday. "Found ... some basketball shoes, saved a lady from drowning in a sea of orange boxes and sprained my neck from shaking my head so much. Yikes."

The wake of consumerism at the #Nike Factory Store is savage.  Found Davis some basketball shoes, saved a lady from...Posted by Larry Downer on Friday, November 25, 2016

Downer told BuzzFeed News that he went to the store to buy basketball sneakers for his son.

"I thought there was an earthquake that happened," he said. "It was unreal ... People were just kicking stuff out of the way."

A store employee told Buzzfeed the scene was "Jurassic Park crazy" and said that nearly 20,000 people visited the store Thursday night for Black Friday deals.

What is Small Business Saturday?

Every year, the Saturday after Black Friday becomes a day to support small business in the form of Small Business Saturday.

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But what exactly is the function of the day? Here are a few facts:

Small Business Saturday began in 2010

According to the American Express website, Small Business Saturday was started by the financial company in 2010. The first Small Business Saturday was Nov. 27 of that year. In 2011, the U.S. Senate unanimously made the day official. The day celebrates small businesses and encourages supporting them and how they impact communities.

A government agency exists to help small businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration is a government entity that, according to its website, was founded July 30, 1953, and provides assistance to small businesses. Some forms of assistance include loans, management assistance, outreach to women, minorities and armed forces veterans, counseling sessions and government contracting.

There's a website for locating small businesses

Those interested in supporting small business in their area Saturday can visit shopsmall.com, which redirects to a page on the American Express website. Users can click the "find shops" button, type in their location or have it accessed by their internet browser, and local small businesses will show up on a map.

While some celebrate Black Friday, others recognize Buy Nothing Day

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. 

But some people intentionally avoid the sales for a specific reason. 

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Some consumers have dubbed the day after Thanksgiving "Buy Nothing Day." 

According to Adbusters, an anti-consumerism magazine, the day has been acknowledged since the 1990s and is observed in an effort to protest consumerism. 

The group encourages people to "keep in mind that an object will never make you happy" and to "take a stand against corporate domination" by not shopping and "rediscovering what it means to live freely."

"Buy Nothing Day isn't just about changing your habits for one day. It is about rediscovering what it means to live freely," Adbusters says. "Join millions of us in over 60 countries on November 25, 2016, for Buy Nothing Day and see what it feels like to take a stand against corporate domination."

The organization encouraged people to organize credit card cut ups and "zombie walks" through local malls.

Some people took to Twitter saying Black Friday is an ironic and commercialized day when people buy things they don't need after celebrating the things they're thankful for.

Patagonia to donate 100 percent of Black Friday revenue

Outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia is pledging to donate 100 percent of its sales revenue on Black Friday.  

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The company said all in-store and online sales will go toward "grassroots organizations working in local communities to protect our air, water and soil for future generations."

The company said in a statement that "during a difficult and divisive time," it believes giving back is "more important now than ever."

Patagonia will also offer information in its retail stores and online about how to get involved with the organizations that are receiving the funds.

"The threats facing our planet affect people of every political stripe, of every demographic, in every part of the country," CEO Rose Marcario wrote in the statement. "We all stand to benefit from a healthy environment -- and our children and grandchildren do, too. By getting active in communities, we can effect local change to protect the food we and our children eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and the treasured places we love the most." 

Patagonia donates one percent of all sales revenue to fund grassroots environmental organizations every day.

Read Patagonia's official news release here.

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