Saturday November 10, 2012

Berkshire County is continuing and expanding its efforts to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Berkshire County writer and blogger Nichole Dupont is helping to spread the word about her uncle, David Watson. Watson is a Berkshire County native who grew up in Ashley Falls and went to Mount Everett Regional High School. Today, he serves as a minister at Calvary Chapel of Staten Island, N.Y., a community that was also devastated by the storm.

"We had no idea what was in store for him and his church when Sandy barreled through," Dupont said.

Those wishing to donate or reach out to the church can visit www.calvarychapelsi.org.

On Saturday, after a weeklong collection of warm clothing and hosting a 50/50 raffle Devonshire Estates will be making a shipment to help affected areas.

On Monday, volunteers from the Berkshire Dream Center of Pittsfield will be heading down to Long Island to help with cleanup and bring supplies.

Pittsfield High School is now collecting canned goods, pet supplies, clothing and bottled water through Nov. 19, to help aid victims.

Louise Palmer of New Ashford coordinates efforts for Project Linus, which has provided handmade blankets to disaster victims in places like Haiti and to domestic sites like children’s hospitals.


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Palmer is currently soliciting volunteers and donors to make and/or help purchase supplies and send 100 blankets from the Berkshires to fulfill Project Linus’ national request of 5,000 blankets for people in New York and New Jersey.

Those interested in making blankets or donations to help defray costs can contact Palmer at (413) 458-1800.

To reach Jenn Smith:
jsmith@berkshireeagle.com,
or (413) 496-6239
On Twitter: @JennSmith_Ink