Volunteers and Items Needed for Holiday Gift Bag: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County invites members of the community to participate in the annual holiday collection and distribution of gift bags to patients in the psychiatric wards at Berkshire Medical Center. NAMI Berkshire County is accepting items including warm winter hats, gloves, socks, travel size toiletries, nail care items, pocket planners, games and puzzles, journals, pens and pencils, movies and books. In addition to items, the organization is also seeking volunteers to assist with the packing and distribution of the gift bags. Those interested in volunteering should contact Brenda at 413-443-1666 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donated items can be dropped off at the NAMI Berkshire County office, 333 East Street, Room 417, Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted, and checks can be made out to NAMI Berkshire County.
The Public Schools, City Hall, Police Department, Fire Department, Spitzer Center and and library are collaborating on a Holiday Food Drive. Non-perishable food and personal care items can be dropped in donation boxes at those locations from Nov. 10 to 20; they will be collected on Friday, Nov. 21, and delivered to the Friendship Center's Food Pantry on Eagle Street.
Dog licenses for 2015 are available in the city clerk's office Monday through Friday, 8 to 4:30. Please bring a certificate of rabies; cost is $20 or $8 if neutered or spayed. Information: 413-662-3000, Ext. 1.