By Michael Souza
PBN Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE – With the cold winter months quickly approaching, many lack the clothing to keep them warm. In response, Bank Rhode Island has partnered with The Furniture Bank of Rhode Island – formerly the Rhode Island Donation Exchange Program – for the 12th annual Project Cover-Up coat drive.
The drive will run from Oct. 22-Nov. 19, and donations will be accepted at all BankRI locations.
For the past twelve years, the drive has ensured those in need have the necessary clothing to withstand the cold weather. Branch locations throughout the statewill accept new and gently used coats, new hats, new scarves, new blankets, and new gloves and mittens for distribution to local families.
Donations will also be accepted at multiple Courtesy Cleaners locations, The Furniture Bank of Rhode Island, and at the two International Motor Group sites. Contact Michael J. Cerio of Cerio Communications at (401) 743-8269 or Michael@CerioCommunications.com for details.
BankRI is proud to be an active participant in the event. “As a result of the difficult economic times impacting families across our state, many families who are struggling to make ends meet may also find it difficult to afford the appropriate clothing their children need for the winter,” said Patricia O. Saracino, vice president of community relations, in an announcement kicking off the event. “BankRI is thankful for the generosity of our customers, who do an incredible job of giving back to the community. Each and every donation we receive will, without question, make a big difference for families in need.”
“On behalf of everyone we serve, particularly as the need for help continues to increase, we are happy as always that BankRI is once again on board for this critical initiative,” said Mary Landreville, executive director of The Furniture Bank. “Their efforts, along with the generosity of their customers and staff, have a great impact on the success of this drive.”