Retail Chain Donates Winter Coats to MA Veterans
Veterans in Massachusetts are going to get a little relief from the cold with donations from Ocean State Job Lots.
The Berkshire Eagle reports that the Rhode Island-based retailer, which has a store located in North Adams, plans on donating 42,000 coats to veterans in the commonwealth as part of its fourth annual Coats4Vets campaign.
According to Executive Director of Ocean State Job Lots Charitable Foundation, David Sarlitto, when the program first started that number was only 1,000. But over the past four years the program has grown in size dramatically. He said through regional veteran agencies, the coats are distributed in all of New England.
In Massachusetts, Ocean State distributes the coats through three organizations: Massachusetts Military Support Foundation Inc, Cape Cod Veterans Foundation Inc. and U.S. Veterans Foundation and the coats eventually reach local American Legions, VFWs, federal Veterans Administration hospitals and other groups.
Distribution kicked off on Dec. 8 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough where local Massachusetts police departments traveled to pick up coats and even with masks and snacks for homeless veterans in their home towns.
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