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NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”With the threat of closure hanging close, Wilsonâ€™s of Wickford was able to scrape together the $148,000 needed to pay for its fall inventory, among other necessities. Operator James Wilson was pleasantly taken aback by the communityâ€™s response in helping support the 70 year-old clothier.
â€śIt is awesome and humbling, and we are very grateful,â€ť said Wilson on Tuesday. â€śThe community and the support was so strong and so inspiring. We probably had somewhere between 900 to 1000 people make contributions online and here in the store.â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t think I fully recognized the magnitude of it,â€ť he added. â€śIt is really kind of overwhelming.â€ť
Two weeks prior, the local community was shocked into action as Wilsonâ€™s put up a plea on its website and Facebook page, directing the community to help by donating through a group fund campaign.
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