The Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations Emergency Fuel Fund received an unprecedented outpouring of generosity from the Berkshire community during the month of December.

Between Dec. 1 and 31, the fund received over $15,000 in donations from churches, businesses, and individuals.

Berkshire Bank led the list with a $10,000 donation. First Baptist Church of Pittsfield donated over $2,500 raised through a concert on Dec. 13 and donations from its membership.

The congregation at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church donated $1,100, and J.H. Maxymillian Inc. donated $1,000.

The PACC Emergency Fuel Fund provides a 100-gallon fuel oil grant once each season to families who have exhausted their emergency fuel allocations from sources such as the federal low income fuel assistance program, Joe’s Oil, and the Good Neighbor Fund.

During the warmer months it provides assistance to families who face utility shut-off notices.

Families who need assistance from PACC should contact the Salvation Army.