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Ocean State Job Lot Partners with Local Veterans Organizations to Distribute Winter Coats and Food to Veterans and Families in Need in Lewiston

Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL), a leading discount closeout retailer headquartered in Rhode Island with stores throughout New England, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, in coordination with Bookwell Travel and Project Freedom Villages, will deliver nearly 700 winter coats and 2,000 pounds of food to local families and veterans in need on Wednesday, November 8th at 10:00 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston, Maine.

The winter coat donations are part of Ocean State Job Lot’s Buy-Give-Get program, which is happening now through January 3, 2024. The Buy-Give-Get program encourages customers to buy a quality, brand-name men’s, or women’s winter coat for $40.00 (retail value at $120.00 or more) and give it back to the store for donation to a veteran. In appreciation of the donation, customers get a $40.00 Crazy Deal Gift Card to be used for a future purchase at Ocean State Job Lot, effectively allowing customers to donate winter coats for free.

Nearly 250,000 winter coats have been donated to veterans in need since the inception of the program.

Veterans Memorial Park
2-20 Main Street

Wednesday, November 8th
10:00 a.m.

Jerry Dewitt, Chairman of Lewiston/Auburn Veterans Council; David Sarlitto, Executive Director, Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation; representatives from American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, VFW, Marine Corp League, Gold Star Mothers, Hope Haven Mission – Lewiston, Trinity Jubilee Center – Lewiston, Marine Bureau of Veterans Services, Preble Street Resource Center, Ocean State Job Lot, and Project Freedom Villages.

About Ocean State Job Lot:
Founded in 1977, Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL) is a growing, privately held discount retail chain with 152 stores in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, approximately 5,600 employees, and annual sales exceeding $800 million. OSJL Shoppers find an ever-changing array of brand name, first quality merchandise at closeout prices, including household goods, apparel, pet supplies, seasonal products (holiday, gardening, patio, pool, and beach supplies), and kitchen pantry staples at a fraction of their typical price. The company was named a four-time “Best Employer” by Forbes® Magazine*, a three-time US Best Managed Company by Deloitte, a two-time winner of the Inspiring Workplaces in North America Award, and a Global Top 100 Inspiring Workplaces winner. *Ocean State Job Lot is not affiliated with Forbes®.

The Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation has a long history of philanthropic leadership, supporting numerous causes, including feeding the hungry, helping the homeless, assisting veterans and military families, aiding animal rescue, caring for children, advancing healthcare, supporting the arts, and promoting learning. The Foundation’s operational, administrative, and overhead expenses are covered by Ocean State Job Lot, not the Foundation, ensuring that 100% of every dollar raised through the Foundation goes directly to helping those in need.

Ocean State Job Lot is headquartered in the Quonset Point Business Park at 375 Commerce Park Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852.  Phone: (401) 295-2672; Website:

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About Project Freedom Villages:
Project Freedom Villages works to help combat homelessness, hunger, and job insecurity for veterans.  For more information, visit

About Bookwell Travel:
Bookwell Travel is a state-of-the-art intuitive booking platform designed to cater to the well-being of small business owners, travelers, and the community. For more information, please visit