Free coats offered to homeless and low-income veterans

By: The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A nonprofit group is working with the Providence VA Medical Center to give away winter clothing to homeless and low-income veterans.

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island is holding its third annual coat giveaway for veterans at the medical center on Chalkstone Avenue in Providence from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28.

The group helps homeless veterans and veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless.

It’s giving away coats, gloves, hats, blankets and toiletries to help keep veterans warm this winter.

More than 100 coats were donated for the giveaway.

Operation Stand Down says hundreds of veterans benefited from the coat giveaway last year.

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