The holiday season is quickly approaching while many look forward to time with family and friends, but for some families it's not the easiest time of year. Of course everyone  tends to stress about little things here and there during the holiday season, for some families financial burdens lead them to worry where their gifts will come from, wanting to give their kids the same joy on Christmas morning.

For 71 years the Marine Corp League's Toy for Tots organization have been helping the less fortunate and giving every child a reason to smile. While this is a nation wide initiative, in Berkshire County, thanks to the efforts of the Marine Corp League Pittsfield Detachment 137 and the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office, all gifts collected locally, will be distributed locally.  Your donations will go right to the home of a child in need in The Berkshires. Last year the organization donated to over 2,000 homes.

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at various location throughout Berkshire County (listed below). Toy donations are for boys and girls ages newborn to 14. Chris Keegan, from the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office who spearheads the project, says there is always a large need for toys for older pre-teens and teens, especially girls. Please be aware that toys that contain chocking hazards for infants and toddlers, replica toy guns and gift cards will not be accepted.

In addition to the toy drive, the Pittsfield Marine Corp League and Berkshire County Sheriff's Office are hosting a Pancake Breakfast to raise money to shop for local children. The event is Sunday, Nov. 25 at St. Joseph's Parish Center, 414 North Street in Pittsfield. It's just a five dollar donation and children under 12 eat for free. If you have any questions about the event, or the Toy for Tots collection, you can reach Chris Keegan at (413) 443-7220 x1150.

Below are a list of Berkshire County locations to donate, organized by area.

NORTH COUNTY TOYS FOR TOTS

COMPANY

ADDRESSCITY/TOWN
Old Country InnJiminy PeakHancock
Wyndham Estates1 Corey RdHancock
Orchards Hotel/Catering222 Adams RoadWilliamstown
Dunkin Donuts361 Main StWilliamstown
Aubuchon HardwareColonial Shopping Ctr.Williamstown
Sweetwood Of Williamstown1611 Cold Spring RdWilliamstown
Carr Hardware179 State StNorth Adams
Dunkin Donuts5 Union StNorth Adams
Planet Fitness82 Main St (next to movie house)North Adams
Dunkin Donuts830 Curran Highway (left side Walmart)North Adams
Holiday Inn Berkshires40 Main StNorth Adams
Dunkin Donuts177 Columbia StAdams
Dunkin DonutsRte 8, 173 North StCheshire
Bedard BrothersRte 8, 391 State StCheshire
American Legion

Post 160

160 Forest Park Ave.Adams
Ronnie’s Cycles150 Howland Ave.Adams

 

PITTSFIELD TOYS FOR TOTS

COMPANY

ADDRESSCITY/TOWN
Dunkin Donuts1025 South StPittsfield
Action Ambulance121 W. Housatonic StPittsfield
Berkshire Bank408 W. Housatonic StPittsfield
Dunkin Donuts480 W. Housatonic StPittsfield
Blue Q(pick up 703 W. Housatonic St)Pittsfield
Bill’s Service Center1475 W. Housatonic StPittsfield
Springside Nursing Home255 Lebanon AvePittsfield
Melbourne Place140 Melbourne RdPittsfield
WUPE211 Jason StPittsfield
CPAC State Police7 North St. 
Berkshire Bank66 West StPittsfield
DA’s Office7 North St.Pittsfield
Dunkin Donuts18 First StPittsfield
Vietnam Veterans91 First StPittsfield
Dunkin DonutsRt. 7Pittsfield
Ronnie’s CyclesWahconah StPittsfield
Berkshire Bank99 North StPittsfield
WBRK

(Sheryl 442-1553)

100 North StPittsfield
Kidding Around397 North StPittsfield
Dunkin Donuts84 Dalton AvePittsfield
Zucco’s Restaurant451 Dalton AvePittsfield
Charland Jewelers875 Dalton AvePittsfield
Sideline Saloon434 Fenn St.Pittsfield
   


 

PITTSFIELD TOYS FOR TOTS (CONTINUED)

COMPANYADDRESSCITY/TOWN
Pittsfield High School300 East St.Pittsfield
Taconic High School96 Valentine Rd.Pittsfield
Reid Middle School950 North St.Pittsfield
Boys & Girls Club16 Melville St.Pittsfield
All State Ins.128 Fenn St.Pittsfield
Berkshire Sports & Physical Therapy24 Park St.Pittsfield
Berkshire Realty2 South St.Pittsfield
Dunkin Donuts425 East StPittsfield 
Berkshire Bank165 Elm StPittsfield 
Flynn’s Pharmacy173 Elm StPittsfield 
Berkshire Bank734 Williams StPittsfield 
Lotus Beauty Salon740 Williams StPittsfield 
Haddad Subaru652 East StPittsfield 
Haddad Hyundai689 East StPittsfield 
NBT Bank609 Merrill RdPittsfield 
Retro Fitness675 Merrill RdPittsfield 
Planet Fitness690 Merrill RdPittsfield 
Greylock Insurance5 Cheshire RdPittsfield 
Berkshire Bank39 Cheshire RdPittsfield 
Five BelowHubbard AvePittsfield 
Hamilton Relay703 W. Housatonic St., Suite 148Pittsfield 
H&S Auto1260 East StPittsfield 
Berkshire NautilusSummer StPittsfield 
      The Infield   Lyman St.      Pittsfield 

DALTON / HINSDALE TOYS FOR TOTS

COMPANYADDRESSCITY/TOWN
Crane and Co.Main StDalton
L.P. Adams484 Housatonic StDalton
Berkshire Bank488 Main StDalton
Dalton General Store200 North StDalton
Dalton American Legion258 North St.Dalton
Ozzie’s26 Maple St.Hinsdale
Kelly’s Package Store653 Main St.Dalton
Wahconah High School150 Old Windsor Rd.Dalton

SOUTH COUNTY TOYS FOR TOTS

COMPANYADDRESSCITY/TOWN
Sheffield PoliceRte. 7, 10 S. Main StSheffield
Covestro119 Salisbury Rd (same side as police station, then next left hand turn)Sheffield
Berkshire Bank103 North MainSheffield
Senior Center330 North St (road after artillery piece on way back from down town Sheffield)Sheffield
Sheffield Pottery995 N. Main StSheffield
Aubuchon Hardware700 Main StGt. Barrington
Dunkin Donuts494 Main StGt. Barrington
Gt. Barrington Police465 Main StGt. Barrington
Tom’s Toys297 Main StGt. Barrington
Berkshire Bank244 Main StGt. Barrington
Carr Hardware456 Main StGt. Barrington
Berkshire Bank255 Stockbridge RdGt. Barrington
CHP444 Stockbridge Rd (at the bottom of hill and before shopping center)Gt. Barrington
Old Castle Stone Products110 Marble StLee
NBT Bank76 Park StLee
Carr Hardware57 park StLee
Berkshire Bank1 park StLee
Dunkin Donuts200 Housatonic StLee
Berkshire Bank495 Pitts. Lenox RdLenox
Haddad Motor Group526 Pitts. Lenox RdLenox
NBT Bank2 Holmes RdLenox

 

 

SOUTH COUNTY TOYS FOR TOTS (CONTINUED)

COMPANY

ADDRESSCITY/TOWN
Devonshire Estates329 Pitts. Lenox RdLenox
Berkshire Bank25 Main StLenox
Lenox Police Station

Lenox VFW

Town Hall

(to be left at Lenox Police station)

Lenox
Berkshire Bank32 Main StStockbridge
Berkshire Bank2 Depot StWest Stockbridge