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Nearly 30,000 winter coats donated by Ocean State Job Lot customers for veterans to stay warm this winter



Associates from Ocean State Job Lot’s Wareham, Buzzards Bay, Middleboro and Plymouth locations display some of the winter coats that are being distributed regionally to help local veterans in need stay warm this winter. Nearly 30,000 coats will be donated this season thanks to the generosity of Ocean State Job Lot customers. Many of the coats will be delivered via the ‘Mobile Empowerment Center’ (background), a first-of its-kind canteen designed to provide perishable and nonperishable food, diapers and health and wellness products to veterans and active-duty military and their families.

North Kingstown, RI – (January 23, 2020) – Nearly 30,000 winter coats from Ocean State Job Lot’s “Buy, Give, Get” program are being distributed in partnership with the USA Veterans & Military Support Foundation throughout New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to help local veterans stay warm this winter season.

The “Buy, Give, Get” program at the closeout discount retailer’s 139 stores in nine states ran from November – December. The program allowed customers to provide a brand-new, warm winter coat to a veteran in their state and throughout the region. Customers purchased a quality, brand name men’s or women’s winter coat for $40 (retail value: $80-$120), then gave it back to the store for donation to a veteran. In appreciation of the donation, customers received a $40 Crazy Deal Gift Card to be used for a future purchase at Ocean State Job Lot.

“What started out as a 600-coat test just a few years back has blossomed into one of the largest programs of its kind serving veterans in need across the region,” said David Sarlitto, Executive Director, Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation. “This program is a true testament to the generosity and patriotism of our customers.”

The coats are currently being distributed to veterans’ organizations throughout the Northeast, in partnership with a multi-state network of more than 50 veteran support agencies, organizations, assistance programs and action groups serving New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Since 1977 when Ocean State Job Lot was founded, philanthropy has been a critical component of the company’s mission. Ocean State Job Lot has the buying power and know-how to acquire product – most notably food, and in this case winter coats – from manufacturers at a fraction of what others, including many food banks pay. All costs such as fees, taxes, labor, warehousing and transportation involved in food donation procurement and logistics are paid by Ocean State Job Lot, ensuring that 100% of every foundation dollar goes to those in need.

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