MIDDLETOWN, R.I. \u2014 Nearly 30,000\u00a0winter\u00a0coats from Ocean State Job Lot\u2019s \u201cBuy, Give, Get\u201d 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.\n\nThe \u201cBuy, Give, Get\u201d program at the closeout discount retailer\u2019s 139 stores in nine states ran from November \u2013 December.\u00a0The 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\u2019s or women\u2019s 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.\n\n"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,\u201d said David Sarlitto, Executive Director, Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation. \u201cThis program is a true testament to the generosity and patriotism of our customers.\u201d\n\nThe coats are currently being distributed to veterans\u2019 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.\n\nSince 1977 when Ocean State Job Lot was founded, philanthropy has been a critical component of the company\u2019s 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.\n\nFor more information about Ocean State Job Lot, visit\u00a0www.oceanstatejoblot.com\u00a0or visit the store nearest you.