Holiday Donations Sought for Local Psychiatric Patients

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Berkshire County will hold its annual holiday collection and distribution of gift bags to patients in the hospital psychiatric wards at Berkshire Medical Center and North Adams Regional Hospital. 
 
"The holiday season can be a time to acknowledge all that is positive in our lives and to focus on others who may not be so fortunate", said Chairman Marsha Burniske. 
 
NAMIBC will be collecting donations, filling holiday bags and looking for new ideas for items that would be appreciated by both patients and staff. Other items that could be well used are magazine or newspaper subscriptions, DVDs, art supplies, books, writing pads and small things that will fit into holiday gifts bags such as note paper, pens, socks, flip-flops, playing cards, games, hats, gloves, travel size shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes, soaps, nail polish, candy and pocket calendars.
 
If anyone is interested in volunteering to pack these gift bags or to transport everything to the hospitals, the NAMIBC office at 413-443-1666 or email namibc@namibc.org. Monetary donations are also accepted and checks can be made out to NAMIBC. This year, items can be dropped off at the NAMIBC office during regular hours, which are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at State Building on 133 East St., 4th floor (across from Pittsfield High School or in Williamstown at the First Congregational Church, Office of the Secretary, 906 Main St (use the entrance off Chapin Drive) during regular office hours, which are  Monday-Friday from 9-3:30 or Sundays during worship.
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