At Ocean State Job Lot, we care deeply about veterans and their commitment to serving our country. Giving back to veterans in need is a gesture of gratitude and respect for their selfless service and sacrifices made in defending our country. These brave men and women have dedicated their lives to safeguarding our freedoms, often facing unimaginable challenges and hardships during their service. Ocean State Job Lot takes great pride in providing support through our Buy-Give-Get coats program and ensuring they receive care through a warm winter coat during frigid winter months. Their well-being is at the heart of our Buy-Give-Get program, and we are grateful for their service.
Through the Buy-Give-Get programs we’ve run over the past seven years, we’ve donated nearly 300,000 winter coats to veterans in need. We have partnered with numerous veterans support organizations throughout the Northeast, and the images below are just a few of the recent donations we have made this year.
On November 8, 2023, we handed out 700 coats in Lewiston, Maine, to assist veterans and their families in partnership with Disabled American Veterans and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter.
Coats donated in Lewiston, Maine, for veterans in need.
On November 16, 2023, we partnered with Massachusetts Military Support Foundation for their annual Coats4Vets program at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Four thousand winter coats were distributed to Massachusetts State Police, and local police departments, including Foxborough Police and Fire Departments, to assist their communities.
Massachusetts police officers collect buckets with Buy-Give-Get coats to distribute locally to veterans in need.
On November 18, 2023, a tractor-trailer filled with Buy-Give-Get coats went to local veterans and families in need at the Chapel of the Four Chaplains in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in partnership with Project Freedom Villages.
In October 2023, a loyal Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, customer, Mike Marchetti, purchased 50 coats and donated them directly to the Kingston Rotary Club.
Customer Mike Marchetti with a Wilkes-Barre OSJL associate and one of the 50 coats that he purchased to donate to Kingston Rotary Club.
On October 23, 2023, Officers from the Westerly, Rhode Island Police Department stopped by the Westerly Ocean State Job Lot store and purchased 34 Buy-Give-Get coats for the community. The officers used the gift cards they received for the donation for their annual toy drive to help families in Westerly.
Westerly, RI, Police Officers with Westerly Store Team Leader Doug Jamiel.
David Sarlitto, Executive Director of the OSJL Charitable Foundation, with an OSJL associate at the North Kingstown, RI, store.