Inside the Veterans Miracle Center, Barry Feinman and his team try to make room for all the boxes. This is one of the largest donations the Colony organization has ever received. Each box contains winter coats – 5,000 in total.
” I need to tell you something. The first time they called us was 3,000 jackets. And then it went to 5,000,” said Feinman, executive director of the Veterans Miracle Center.
The coats were made possible by Ocean State Job Lot and Bookwell Travel. Brian Gates is the founder of the online travel site, which has donated thousands of meals to veterans.
They were recently at Veterans Affairs in Manhattan when they heard about the Veterans Miracle Center.
“It’s just kind of a thing where we’re stronger together, and we’re going to work this out,” Gates said.
He contacted the center and a few weeks later two trailers loaded with coats and hand sanitizers arrived. After unloading all the essential items for the winter, distribution began immediately.
“A few times a year we have been reached out to provide an opportunity for our Marines to feel supported and welcomed into the community,” said Sgt. Major Rick Brennan, who oversees the Marine Recruiting Station for this region.
Brennan came to pick up several boxes of winter coats for his Marines serving this area, which he thinks will be fine, especially for those who aren’t from here.
“Some are born out of it, and then others adapt to it day by day as it gets warmer here,” Brennan said.
Even after the initial wave of distribution, the center still has thousands of coats to give away.
Feinman says this is available to all veterans and active duty service members and their families. They just have to call the Veterans Miracle Center to make an appointment.
“We’re going to be inundated with men and women who need jackets, and it’s going to be wonderful,” Feinman said.