Monday, May 13, 2013

Levinsky's raises money for Boston victims by Jon Bolduc

After the Boston Marathon Bombings terrorized New England, a Windham business decided to help give back to the victims. Eric Levinsky, owner of Levinsky’s clothing store, is currently selling Boston Strong t-shirts to benefit the Boston Marathon Relief Fund.  The shirts have been on sale for the past two weekends, and have been a very popular item.

“They have been very nicely accepted by the public,” said Levinsky.  “People are buying them, and shipping them all over the country.”

In the short time that Levinsky’s has been offering the shirt, 350 have been sold. Levinsky doesn’t anticipate that the demand will dwindle anytime soon, and says that sales will pick up once Windham undergoes its annual summer transformation into a tourist destination.

“It seems like with all the tourists we have over the summer that the interest is still going to be strong,” he said.

Levinsky says that he will keep the item in stock as long as the charity is still fresh in the public’s mind.

“I’m going to keep them in stock because it’s a good cause. I’m keeping it in stock until people lose interest in the product,” said Levinsky.

The idea to sell the Boston Strong shirts was originally conceived after Levinsky learned that Emerson College students were selling t-shirts to benefit the Relief Fund. 

“My contacts in Boston were producing the shirts, and I wanted to help with the fund the government has set up for the Boston Marathon Victims,” said Levinsky.

Levinsky also said that his clothing store is the only in the area to offer the Boston Strong t-shirts.

“I don’t know of anybody else,” he said. “I think I might be the only person doing it.  I haven’t seen any advertising by anybody, nor have I heard or seen anything in my usual chasing around and watching competitors.”

Since all the proceeds will be donated to the Boston Relief Fund, when the sale is finally over, Levinsky’s contribution to the fund will be substantial.

“They’re going to get a pretty nice check when it’s all said and done,” he said.

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