5 Ways to Give Back to the Community

Help someone in need by donating a coat, books and more with these donation events and programs.

It feels rewarding to give back to people in the community, especially during the fall and winter seasons. Help someone in need by donating a coat, some books and more with these donation events and programs.

  1. Books Are Wings Gift of Literacy Kickoff

The literacy nonprofit Books Are Wings will be hosting their seventh annual Gift of Literacy Kickoff on November 19 at 6 p.m. Sponsored in part by Cox and Pawtucket Credit Union, the Zoom event will support the organization’s work to get more than 10,000 books out to learners by the end of 2020. For their mission to place free books in the hands of young children, proceeds from the campaign support Books Are Wings directly. If you’re not able to attend, you can still show your support and donate to the organization. Donate or register for the virtual event here. 

Details: November 19. 6 p.m. Via Zoom. $20-$1,000, including sponsorship opportunities. 401-475-4882. booksarewings.org


2. Ocean State Job Lot “Buy, Give, Get” Program

Although Veterans Day has passed, customers still have the opportunity to help and show appreciation to veterans in need with the ”Buy, Give, Get” Program hosted by Ocean State Job Lot. Buy a warm winter coat at one of their stores for $40 (retail value $80-$120) and give it back to the store as a donation to veterans. Donators will get a $40 Crazy Deal Gift Card that can be used for future purchases online or at any Ocean State Job Lot location. Last year the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation was able to donate more than 30,000 winter jackets to veterans. This year, about 40,000 winter coats will be available for purchase to distribute to those in need through partner organizations of the Ocean State Job Lot.

Details: Ocean State Job Lot locations are open daily from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. $40 per coat. 401-295-2672. oceanstatejoblot.com


3. Three Square Meals Food Drive

To raise awareness on food insecurity concerns across Rhode Island, Ocean State Job Lot and iHeart Radio through stations B101-FM, 94 HJY-FM and Coast 93.3-FM, are announcing the ninth annual Three Square Meals Food Drive, where donations of non-perishable foods will be collected at all sixteen Ocean State Job Lot locations in Rhode Island through November 20. Beneficiaries of the food collection include kitchens, pantries and churches across Rhode Island, as well as the USA Veterans and Military Support Foundation, a nonprofit corporation with a location in Central Falls aiming to provide services, programs and goods that satisfy critical needs and enhance the quality of life for Veterans, active-duty Military, National Guard, Coast Guard and their families. Those receiving donations include Be The Change, The Jonnycake Center, Rhode Island Center Assisting Those in Need (RICAN), the Riverside Food Pantry, and more.

Details: Through November 20. Ocean State Job Lot locations in R.I.; iHeart Radio stations B101-FM, 94 HJY-FM and Coast 93.3-FM. oceanstatejoblot.com, iheart.com


4. Child and Family’s Holiday Basic Needs Drive

Child and Family is hosting the Holiday Basic Needs Drive, which will provide Thanksgiving meals and holiday gifts to their clients in need. The organization’s successful programs have been connecting donors with families and children during these difficult times. While Child and Family can’t accept any physical food, gifts or toy donations this year, they’re collecting Stop and Shop and Walmart gift cards, as well as monetary donations. Sponsors include People’s Credit Union and Magellan Health. Donate and/or purchase gift cards here.

Details: $25-$100 gift cards; gift cards and checks can also be mailed to this address: Child and Family, Attention: Landa Patterson, 31 John Clarke Rd., Middletown, RI 02842.

(Middletown) 401-849-2300; (Providence) 401-781-3669. childandfamilyri.com


5. Second Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Bazaar

On November 21 at 10 a.m., Elite A.C.E. Group is hosting the second annual Holiday Craft Fair and Bazaar. Donations and gifts for twelve to seventeen year olds will be accepted for Operation Christmas Adopt a Teen, and there will be games, raffles and more throughout the event (gifts must be new and unwrapped). Shop with local vendors and crafters as well. Santa will be making an appearance, handing out goodie bags to guests. Masks must be worn, or they can be bought at the door. Email eliteacegroup@gmail.com for more information.

Detail: November 21. 10 a.m-3 p.m. Free admission. West Warwick Veterans of Foreign Wars, 197 Providence St., West Warwick. eliteacegroup@gmail.com. eventbrite.com, eliteacegroup.wixsite.com