Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Ocean State Opens Johnston Donation Center

CRANSTON, RI – Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (BBBSOS) has announced it has opened a new Donation Center in Johnston to serve communities in the central and northern parts of the state.

The Center, located on Route 44 at 59D Putnam Pike, is intended to create an additional, sustained source of revenue for the social service activities of BBBSOS. It is the sixth such center in Rhode Island: the first is located adjacent to the agency’s headquarters at 1540 Pontiac Avenue in Cranston, the second at 1340 West Main Road in Middletown, a third at 1270 High Street in Cumberland, a fourth at 500 Metacom Avenue in Bristol, and a fifth recently opened at 49 Beach Street in Westerly.

The staffed Center will accept donations of gently used clothing, small household items, books, toys, home décor items and provide donors with tax receipts. Items collected at the Center will be sold through its retail partner, Savers, and the proceeds will be used to fund the agency’s mentoring programs. Unfortunately, due to space constraints, furniture, appliances and other large items cannot be accepted. A complete list of donatable items is located on the agency’s website.

The BBBSOS Johnston Donation Center will be open seven days, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State is Rhode Island’s leading mentoring organization, and has been serving boys and girls in the area for 45 years. The agency was recently honored with a prestigious “Gold Standard Award” identifying it as one of the top agencies in the nation. Persons interested in mentoring a child or donating to support the program, can contact BBBSOS at (401) 921-2434, or can log on to the organization’s website at

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