PITTSFIELD, Mass. - A miracle happened at Morningside Community School last year.
Well, at least that is what it seemed like to the students and staff. The Berkshire Dream Center "adopted" the school for Christmas and collected gifts for every single students and staff and delivered them the final day before the Christmas break.
Reid Middle School student Maya Duhamel had an early basketball game and hadn't had a chance to get dinner.
On her way, she stopped at Dunkin Donuts intent to buy hash browns. But at the last minute, she changed her mind.
"Instead of buying hash browns, I bought four gift cards with it," Duhamel said.
The firefighters union wants children under DCF's care to have a merry Christmas.
Pittsfield Fire Department I.A.F.F 2647 members donated and delivered presents Friday morning for the Department of Children and Families to give to 25 children. The social workers will now take those presents out and deliver them to the families.
City children are getting unexpected phones calls Wednesday and Thursday night from Santa.
Santa Claus is calling 121 city children this year as part of the annual North Pole Calling program. Each year about a dozen volunteers spend Wednesday night calling area children and the Knights of Columbus make calls the next night.
The state Department of Agricultural Resources' Division of Animal Health is reminding residents to ensure their pets remain safe and healthy by planning ahead when traveling and being aware of potentially harmful holiday foods and decorations.
From Cheerio stuffing to proper time and temperature — anywhere from 4 minutes to six days at at least 6 degrees — these children offer a range of recipes for a Thanksgiving turkey. We do, however, caution that anyone following these recipes is doing so at their own risk.
Hundreds were fed Monday evening at the Berkshire Food Project's Thanksgiving Dinner, part of its charge in making sure no one goes hungry this holiday season.
The non-profit's new Executive Director Kim McMann said she feels this annual event is one that truly brings people together.
The town's Fourth of July celebration reminded all of a "self-evident truth" not included in the Declaration of Independence: Throughout our history, what some call "American exceptionalism" has unjustly excepted millions of people.
On the balcony of Williams College’s Chapin Library, actors from the Williamstown Theatre Festival read the July 4 Declaration, a September 1776 reply from the British government, the 1787 Preamble to the Constitution, and excerpts from an 1852 speech by Abolition
The North Adams American Legion Post 125 will once again provide a Christmas Day meal for all those in need.
William Schrade, chairman of the Be Our Guest Christmas Dinner at American Legion Post 125, said since 1955 the American Legion has been providing meals and company for those without during the holiday.
Sixth-grader Skyler Sprague, whom Holmes said was integral in organizing the project, said he felt it was important just to visit the residents at North Adams Commons.
"On Christmas, we are always with our families and there are people that aren't with their families," Sprague said. "I can't imagine what my holiday would be like without my family because friends and family are what makes you happy."
A few months ago Berkshire Dream Center pastor Katelynn Miner came up with a seemingly crazy idea: let's adopt an entire school for Christmas.
"We are faith-based and I am the pastor so I was praying and asking God, what do you have for us this year? I really felt him drop it in my spirit, why not adopt a school?" Miner said on Thursday when a group of volunteers delivered more than 420 presents to Morningside Community School.
Three hundred families will spend Christmas warm, fed, and the children will have presents to open because of the help from the Salvation Army and Christian Center.
On Tuesday, the two organizations joined by volunteers from Berkshire Bank began distributing all the Christmas needs to those who signed up for the program. The Salvation Army's gymnasium was filled with toys, warm clothing, and food to pass out the eligible families. In total, the Angel Tree program will reach 620 children throu
Santa's on the phone.
Just a little over a week before Christmas some 125 city children will get to tell Santa what they'd like under the tree. The city's annual North Pole Calling program brings more than a dozen volunteers to City Hall to make phone calls acting as Santa Claus.
Bags and boxes of canned and boxed foods, quilts, jackets, scarves, hats and gloves, and a thick envelope full of gift certificates were delivered to the Veterans' Office on Wednesday morning from the local court system, thanks to Bonnie Fachini and Tori Wilhelm of the Probation Department.
Three-year-old Tony Maschino was too sick to go to Bright Nights in Springfield. So Pittsfield brought it to him.
On Wednesday, between 50 and 60 volunteers helped set up a massive display of inflatable Christmas decoration in the family's yard. Maschino was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer some six weeks ago and the effort is just the latest in community-driven support for the family.
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.
The city's Christmas tree has a unique decoration this year: a 220-foot paper chain.
This distinctive creation was made by Brayton Elementary sixth- and seventh-graders who presented the chain to Mayor Richard Alcombright on Wednesday, just in time for the tree's lighting that evening.
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."
Officers Colby Clark, Gregory Onorato and Travis Cunningham wanted to bring a little Christmas cheer to town this year and teamed up with the Berkshire Community Action Council, Council on Aging and the Parish of St. John Paul II to start a gift drive.
The kindergarten class led the way, the preschoolers followed them, with flags held high — and teachers reminding them not to let it hit the ground.
The stood in the cafeteria and looked over a crowd of some 75 armed service veterans and began singing patriotic songs. When they finished, they had handmade cards of thanks to give to each and every one who attended.
Meanwhile, the third graders were going from table to table asking, "would you like more coffee, sir?" The first-graders were