Collecting food, personal items, and donations before MLK Day

Our community is joining together with other faith-communities in Northern Berkshire in gathering canned goods, personal items (shampoo etc), and donations of money to benefit the local food pantries and to help those in need with the costs of fuel this winter. Here is some information about the drive:

The Martin Luther King Committee is seeking donations to benefit the local Northern Berkshire food pantries and/or fuel assistance for Northern Berkshire families through Community Action (BCAC). We are asking you to bring into your church/Synagogue any of the following items:

  • Cans (redeemable – soda, etc.), which we will redeem and donate the cash to the food pantries and BCAC for fuel assistance.
  • Canned goods (food)
  • Personal items (shampoo, toilet paper, deodorant, etc.).

We will also accept checks written out to the Martin Luther King Committee, C/O The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, 61 Main Street, Suite 218, North Adams, MA  01247. Please specify food pantry or fuel assistance if you have a preference for the funds. 

When you enter CBI, you’ll see that there is a box in our entry foyer which is designated for these donations. Please donate canned goods, personal items, and/or funds as you are able.

On January 16th, Martin Luther King Day, there will be a “Day of Service” which will take place at St. Elizabeth’s of Hungary.  Beginning at 9am, community members will join in working on one of a dozen or more service projects, followed by a free community meal and celebration. If you are interested in lending your time and energy on that day, I know the MLK Committee would be delighted to have you — and I feel certain that this will be a meaningful way to give back to the community and to honor the memory of a great civil rights leader.

When Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, of blessed memory, marched for civil rights in Selma with Dr. Martin Luther King, he wrote that his “feet were praying.” May we all find opportunities to pray with our feet, our hands, and our work in the world.


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