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Salvation Army Donates Hundreds of Winter Coats to North Berkshire Vets

The Veterans Services Office on Tuesday took delivery of nearly 30 bags fillled with warm coats for local veterans. The donation came courtesy of the Salvation Army and was prompted by a chance meeting between office assistant Tina Samson and Capt. Katherine Corno of the local Salvation Army post.

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North Adams Groups Holding Toy & Clothing Drive

The city's emergency responders are teaming up with the Northern Berkshire Family YMCA and North Adams Rotary to conduct a Holiday Toy and Clothing Drive this Thursday, Dec. 8, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Walmart on Curran Highway.

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Everyone Benefits When You Make Charitable Gifts

And as long as you choose groups that meet the right criteria, your generosity can also be rewarding to you, in the form of tax benefits.

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Oh Be Thankful Dessert Auction Helps Those In Need

Gabriel Abbott Memorial School's 13th annual Oh Be Thankful auction expanded this holiday season to allow any desserts rather than just its famed pies. Bakers were put to the test on Tuesday night as their confections were rated by select judges and the community at large.

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Pittsfield Firefighters Union Distributes Coats for Operation Warm

Pittsfield's Operation Warm: More Than A Coat was a partnership between Pittsfield Fire Fighters Local 2647, the Boys and Girls Club and the Pittsfield Family YMCA. "We were chosen this year as one of the organizations to receive [the coats]," said Rob Leary, president of Local 2647. "It kind of rotates throughout the state as to what area is to get them and they picked Pittsfield to get this year."

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Republic Services Donates $1,000, Food to South Congregational Pantry

Republic Services donated $1,000 and boxes and boxes of food to the South Congregational Food Pantry on Thursday.

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Pittsfield, North Adams Firefighter Unions Raises $7K For Muscular Dystrophy

The firefighters union raised more than $3,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the annual Fill the Boot drive. Some 25 members of the International Association of Firefighters Local 2647 spent four hours last Saturday asking for change from people exiting Dunkin Donuts or the Donut Man in Pittsfield to raise the money. The effort is an annual drive to support IAFF's charity of choice.

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Adams Firefighters Donate to Louison House

The Fire Department raised and donated $900 to the Louison House. The Fire Department held a spaghetti dinner at Bounti-Fare to raise money for the nonprofit family shelter that suffered water and fire damage at its Adams building several months ago.

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Unistress Volunteers Build Shelter For Dogs At Sonsini Shelter

There are some cool dogs at the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter thanks to local businesses. Some 30 Unistress employees were at the volunteer-run shelter building a shelter for the dogs to protect them from the elements. The project allows the dogs to be outside without overheating from the sun which beats down onto the kennels.

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Bond Auto Donates $1,000 to Friendship Center

Bond Auto Parts customers snapped up coupons just before Christmas that would ensure donations to local food banks. And out of the 45 or so stores in the chain, the North Adams location was one of four that exceeded $1,000 in donations. Shawn Collins, store manager of the location on Curran Highway, delivered the $1,000 gift to the Friendship Center Food Pantry on Wednesday.

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Brayton Students Give to Louison House

Brayton Elementary students learned how to give back to the community and donated handmade blankets and food to the Louison House. Students from Marie McCarron’s leadership afterschool program “Giving Back” decided they wanted to do something nice for the residents at the Louison House, the non-profit family support center.

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Local Vermont Woman Sends Care Packages to Troops

"It doesn't matter what is in them — somebody from home thought of them." — Patricia Erdeski

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Maximize the Benefits of Your Charitable Giving

To get the most out of your gifts, your first step is to make sure you are giving to a worthy charity.

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St. Stan's School Receives $2K Donation for School Equipment

"I think it is very providential really. Divine intervention." — Linda Reardon

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Verizon's Hopeline Program Protects Domestic Abuse Victims

"They really do save lives." — Janis Broderick

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Brayton School Receives $35,000 in Donations Toward iPad Program

"We've been trying to reach out to community partners and alumni and any source we can for funding to help us upgrade our technology at Brayton." — Principal John Franzoni

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Bennington Museum Marks Year Filled with Acquisitions

"It's going to take us many years to start to wrap our minds around [the collection]." — Jamie Franklin

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Action Ambulance Donates AED to Pittsfield Inspection Offices

"Knowledge is power and now we have the power to save a life." — Deborah Rice

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Local Restaurateur Donates to Walk to Defeat ALS

"We love to give back to the community. This seemed like a great opportunity." — Jared Decoteau

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Company Donates $4,750 To Help Pittsfield Programs

Republic Services is a national company that has been contracted by the city for more than two decades.

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Goodwill Growing Job Training, Recycling Programs

"It is all about job training, employment and recycling." — Maryam Kamangar

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Sayers Donates Cruiser To Pittsfield Police

"I knew they were short [a vehicle] and everybody has tight budgets. They don't have a lot to work with." — Hank Sayers

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Pittsfield Coalition Delivers Christmas Gifts To Veterans in Nursing Homes

"We find the veterans and wish them happy holidays." — Tom Landry

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Bianchi, Downing Collect Hundreds of Toys For Tots

"I wanted to make less fortunate children's Christmas brighter." — Timothy Parsons

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