Pittsfield: Organizations partner for 'Holiday Joy' program

PITTSFIELD — As the 2017 holiday season approaches, partnering agencies in the Central Berkshire County have joined forces to provide food, toys and children's warm clothing to families in need.

By streamlining and centralizing the client application process, the Holiday Joy partnership hopes to enhance the work of participating agencies, and continue connecting generous community members, organizations and volunteers with families in need.

Each year, participating agencies provide much needed holiday support to approximately 1,500 Berkshire County families.

The Salvation Army, with major support from the Christian Center, the Eagle Santa Fund, and Toys For Tots, provides food baskets and children toys, while Berkshire Community Action Council provides children's warm clothing.

The program serves families with children age 0-18.

Sponsors providing a healthy portion of the gift-giving support each year also include the Pittsfield Fire and Police Departments. Generous support from local businesses and organizations can also be counted on each holiday season.

Families in need can pick up applications at BCAC, 1531 East St.; The Salvation Army, 298 West St., and the Christian Center, 193 Robbins Ave.

The deadline for all applications is Nov. 9.

The Salvation Army Pittsfield Corps Community Center on West Street will serve as the designated gift pickup location, with pickup times throughout the day on Dec. 20. Recipients will pick up food, toys and clothes all in one place.

The Eagle Santa Fund continues to partner with Walmart by providing gift certificates which will enable families to purchase toys for their child(ren). The Eagle Santa Fund will make their distribution to qualifying families on Dec. 9.

Santa Fund applications are only available at The Salvation Army for Central Berkshire County.


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