Carr Hardware

Bart Raser, far left, president of Carr Hardware, delivers personal protective equipment to Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent Jason McCandless, far right. 

PITTSFIELD — Carr Hardware recently donated more than $8,500 in personal protective equipment to three Berkshire County school districts. 

The money for the donations was raised through Carr's “Round-up for the Schools” campaign. The program started at the end of August and offered customers the option to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar, with Carr matching 100 percent of those proceeds. 

The personal protective equipment was delivered to North Adams Public Schools, Lee Public Schools and Pittsfield Public Schools. Items included masks, sanitizer and commercial disinfectant sprayers.

"We are so thankful to our community partners at Carr Hardware for supporting our schools," North Adams Superintendent Barbara Malkas said in a news release.

Carr Hardware plans to conduct another campaign in November.

“We are a community business that believes in giving back, it’s just part of our core culture," Carr Hardware President Bart Raser said in the release. "Our kids and schools need our help more than ever and school safety is paramount. We are thrilled to be in a position to do our part and appreciative of the generosity of our customers who supported our teachers and our students.”

Jimmy Nesbitt can be reached at or 413-496-6243.