NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Martin Luther King Day Committee welcomes everyone to join it on Monday, Jan. 16, as the Northern Berkshire community celebrates the life, principles and ideals of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in a "Day of Service" to the community.
A celebratory luncheon will follow.
The celebration begins at 9 at St. Elizabeth's (St. Anthony's) Parish Hall with coffee and pastries. Those who wish to participate will join groups working with Habitat for Humanity, Louison House, Salvation Army, Catholic Outreach to Youth Center and Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's new family center the Family Place. Among the activities will be helping weatherize homes with Berkshire Community Action Council, with can and food collection sites and at St. Elizabeth's in mitten and scarf making, assembling personal kits, and meal preparation.
The free luncheon and community celebration begins at the parish hall at 12:30 with local entertainment and uplifting words to tie our efforts to King. The annual Peacemaker Award presentation will be made to Mark Lincourt for his dedicated volunteer work in the Berkshires.
As part of this event, the MLK Committee is collecting donations to benefit the local Northern Berkshire food pantries and fuel assistance for Northern Berkshire families through BCAC. Returnable soda cans, personal hygiene items (shampoos, toilet paper, etc.), and nonperishable goods can be brought to the MLK Day of Service.
They can also be dropped off at 107 Main St. Monday-Wednesday, Jan. 9-11, from 2:30-5 p.m. or Friday-Sunday, Jan. 13-15, from 11 to 1.
Checks can be written out to the Martin Luther King Committee, C/O The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, 61 Main St., Suite 218, North Adams, MA 01247. Please specify food pantry or fuel assistance if you have a preference for the funds.
For more information, contact Kathy Keeser at Kathykeeser@gmail.com or 413-346-7196 or Liz Boland at the NBCC at 413-663-7588.
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