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'Project Friendship' launches winter coat giveaway in Lexington

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Posted at 11:31 AM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 11:46:47-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Over 100 people will receive brand new coats this winter thanks to Chabad of Kentucky's "Project Friendship."

Chabad, in partnership with the Lexington Leadership Foundation, will be hosting the giveaway at the Lexington Rescue Mission Dec. 5 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Project Friendship aims to provide shoes and clothes to those in need while reducing global waste.

Project Friendship works with local and national retailers to obtain merchandise that is most often new but marked for the landfill. The group then partners with other organizations such as state foster care, the Kentucky Justice Department and local and regional agencies to distribute these items, helping thousands of individuals and the planet as well. Project Friendship will distribute over $5 million across the Commonwealth over the coming year.

“Project Friendship is a timely answer to a modern problem and modern opportunity,” said Rabbi Shlomo Litvin, one of the event organizers. "The Lubavitcher Rebbe inspired Chabad leaders across the world, to constantly seek opportunities to help their community. We are so proud to work with the Mission and Lexington Leadership Foundation to fill this need."

The Lexington Rescue Mission is located at 444 Glen Arvin Ave.