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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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‘Giving Back’ Has Its Rewards

According to the Giving USA Foundation and Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University, charitable contributions totaled more than $316 billion in 2012.

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North Adams Workers, Students Donate 800 Pounds of Food to Pantry

"Any help from the community is appreciated and is important to us. Our members, they're grateful for anything we will offer them." — Kevin Tyree

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Downing, Bianchi Launch Toys For Tots Collection Competition

State Sen. Benjamin Downing and Mayor Daniel Bianchi are in a battle over toys.

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North Adams Fire Department Delivers Turkey Donation

"This year, there is larger spike in families in need of aid and grandparents raising their grandchildren." — Captain Katherine Corno

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