Tuesday December 4, 2012

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority’s annual holiday campaign to offer free transit rides for a contribution to assist the community will again benefit Soldier On, the local organization assisting homeless veterans.

Any new, unwrapped, in original packaging, contribution of personal care items, jackets, hats, or gloves, gift cards, writing paper, pens and stamps, or non-perishable food items, will be accepted on any BRTA bus instead of the regular fare through Dec. 15.

To see a complete wish list of the most needed items, visit the Soldier On website: www.wesoldieron.org/donate or contact the BRTA operations department at (413) 499-2782, ext. 1, for additional information.

During the two-week drive last year, 637 passengers donated to this cause and received a free one way bus ride.

Festively decorated collection bins will be placed on all buses during the two week campaign. Donations will be accepted at the BRTA offices at the Intermodal Transportation Center on Columbus Avenue or 67 Downing Parkway.

All donations received by the BRTA will be given to Soldier On to redistribute to homeless veterans within the community before the holidays.

For additional information on this or any other public transportation issue, call (800) 292-BRTA.