That's because research shows that even from very young ages, children soak in the vocabulary and language skills that books help teach, especially when parents take the initiative to make reading a more interactive experience by encouraging age-appropriate discussion about the pictures and themes.
Local residents may help needy children in the area by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy to the office, 71 Main Street, North Adams, during regular business hours from Nov. 1 through Dec. 1. Especially needed are LEGOs and baby dolls of all types, as well as board games and books.
The Northern Berkshire Santa Fund is joining a collaborative effort spearheaded by Northern Berkshire United Way to bring together several of North County's largest holiday gift-giving programs under one unbrella.
The purpose of this collaboration is to eventually create one point of signup, administration and access.
The Northern Berkshire Santa Fund is kicking off its annual campaign drive to ensure no child in the region goes without a toy this Christmas.
Last year, generous donors provided more than $12,000, ensuring more than 300 local children had a toy or book for Christmas. age, too!