PITTSFIELD -- Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity has received an outpouring of support after thieves stole the group's power tools -- worth more than $1,700 -- from one of its Pittsfield construction sites.
Various individuals and groups of people have since offered donations of power tools and money.
On Monday, Trustco Bank announced it will match community donations up to $1,000 to help offset the costs of replacing the tools that were taken from 166 Dewey Ave.
"We are so grateful for the heartwarming response from the community at a time that could have been very discouraging. Instead, we are so encouraged by the community that has emerged," Carolyn Valli, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity's executive director, said in a statement.
Joseph Tardi, a marketing director for the bank, said Trustco has previously sponsored other Habitat home builds. He said when Trustco president and CEO, Robert J. McCormick, heard the news, he wanted to do something about it.
"It's a terrible thing to do, taking from a group that does so much to give to others," Tardi said.
The 166 Dewey Ave. build is to be the first fully handicap-accessible home built by Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity.
Those wishing to make a donation can stop by any Trustco Bank branch office, which includes sites in Pittsfield, Lee and Great Barrington. A full listing of branch addresses can be found at TrustcoBank.com.
Central Berkshire Habitat also has two events coming up to help raise awareness about the organization and the neighborhoods the organization works in.
Its annual Giving Thanks concert and dinner begins at 4 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church on Fenn Street.
The next Westside Neighborhood Watch meeting -- sponsored by Habitat, The Westside Initiative, Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Stop the Violence and The Christian Center -- takes place at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, at 314 Columbus Ave.
For more information about Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, visit berkshirehabitat.org or call (413) 442-3181.