Carr Hardware To Collect Pajamas For At-Risk Children

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As chilly weather returns to the Berkshires, the PJ Library Pajama Drive also returns to help the many children in our community who may lack the comfort of warm sleepwear.
 
This year, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, who annually conduct the drive, teamed up with Carr Hardware to collect new pajamas (sizes newborn to teen) throughout the county.
 
Locations include:
  • Carr Hardware, 256 Main Street in Great Barrington
  • Carr Hardware, 489 Pittsfield Road in Lenox
  • Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, 196 South Street in Pittsfield
  • Carr Hardware, 179 State Road in North Adams
 
Last year's effort collected more than 150 pairs of pajamas from individuals, groups, and local businesses. 
 
Monetary donations towards the purchase of pajamas are also welcome. 
 
Donations will be received by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families in Pittsfield and will be distributed to local families during the holiday season.
 

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Pittsfield Seeks Solutions to Daytime Warming Shelters for Homeless

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer this week said the city of Pittsfield is feeling discouraged from the lack of community organizations willing to host a warming shelter that will house homeless individuals during the hours that the St. Joseph's temporary winter shelter on Maplewood Avenue is closed.

"We're concerned too, and we're feeling quite discouraged that a number of our community partners have declined our request to help with a daytime warming center but we're not going to give up," she said at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio addressed the mayor with two petitions in regard to the homeless population.

Maffuccio requested that the mayor, or other departments or organizations, provide an update on the plans for a warming station for the homeless and that the mayor develops a task force for the purpose of developing a permanent housing solution for chronically homeless residents.

These petitions were both referred to Tyer by the council.

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