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Retailer donating $250K to purchase protective gear

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NORTH ADAMS — Ocean State Job Lot, which has a store in North Adams, is donating $250,000 to purchase masks, gloves, eye protection and more for healthcare and government entities battling the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Rhode Island-based retailer is donating this money to a fund that is dedicated to acquiring these critically needed supplies. As a seller of essential goods, Ocean State Job Lot has remained open for business, and is asking its customers to help by donating at the register. All donations made at the register will be used to buy supplies, the company said.

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