NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - Nearly 30,000 winter coats from Ocean State Job Lotâ€™s â€śBuy, Give, Getâ€ť program are being distributed in partnership with the USA Veterans & Military Support Foundation throughout New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to help veterans stay warm this winter season.
Ocean State Job Lot has a store in Berlin, Connecticut.
The â€śBuy, Give, Getâ€ť program at the retailerâ€™s 139 stores in nine states ran from November rhrough December.
The program allowed customers to provide a new warm winter coat to a veteran in their state and throughout the region.
Customers purchased a brand-name menâ€™s or womenâ€™s winter coat for $40 (retail value: $80-$120), then gave it back to the store for donation to a veteran. In appreciation, customers received a $40 Crazy Deal Gift Card to be used for a future purchase at Ocean State.
â€śWhat 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,â€ť said David Sarlitto, executive director, Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation. â€śThis program is a true testament to the generosity and patriotism of our customers.â€ť
The coats are being distributed to veteransâ€™ organizations throughout the Northeast, in partnership with a multistate 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 companyâ€™s mission.
All costs are paid by Ocean State Job Lot, ensuring that 100% of every foundation dollar goes to those in need.
For more information about Ocean State Job Lot, visit www.oceanstatejoblot.com or visit a store.