Tri-Town Community Action and Tri-Town Head Start are this year's recipients of donations to the bank's holiday giving program.
Now in its 15th year, the BankRI 'Giving Tree' program began this week, with donations at the Johnston branch going to two local nonprofits agencies. This year, Tri-Town Community Action and Tri-Town Head Start are the designated recipients of the toys collected locally. “We know that many of our neighbors continue to face financial challenges," Mark J. Meiklejohn, President and CEO of BankRI, said in a statement, "so anything we can do to help ease this burden by providing gifts for their children will go a longway in making the holiday season brighter.” At each of the 17 BankRI locations in the state, trees have been decorated with ornaments naming the wish of a local child. Customers are asked to choose and ornament and return to …
Burlington Coat Factory and BJ's Wholesale Club in the Stone Hill Marketplace, and the newly-opened Ocean State Job Lot are scheduled to hold special hours this Friday.
While Johnston may not be home to a mall — or even a Wal-Mart (there's one over the line in Cranston) — there are a handful of stores who are advertising special hours for "Black Friday" on Nov. 25. Near the center of town, where Shaw's Supermarket used to be, the newly-opened Ocean State Job Lot is scheduled to open at midnight for early birds and stay open until 11 p.m. on Friday. And in the Stone Hill Marketplace, just off Route 6, both Burlington Coat Factory (on the lower level) and BJ's Wholesale Club (at the top of the hill) are set to open early — Burlington at 5 a.m. (open until 11 p.m.), and BJ's at 7 a.m. Follow the links above to each company's website for more information and special deals.