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.


Old Country Inn Jiminy Peak Hancock
Wyndham Estates 1 Corey Rd Hancock
Orchards Hotel/Catering 222 Adams Road Williamstown
Dunkin Donuts 361 Main St Williamstown
Aubuchon Hardware Colonial Shopping Ctr. Williamstown
Sweetwood Of Williamstown 1611 Cold Spring Rd Williamstown
Carr Hardware 179 State St North Adams
Dunkin Donuts 5 Union St North Adams
Planet Fitness 82 Main St (next to movie house) North Adams
Dunkin Donuts 830 Curran Highway (left side Walmart) North Adams
Holiday Inn Berkshires 40 Main St North Adams
Dunkin Donuts 177 Columbia St Adams
Dunkin Donuts Rte 8, 173 North St Cheshire
Bedard Brothers Rte 8, 391 State St Cheshire

American Legion

Post 160

160 Forest Park Ave. Adams
Ronnie’s Cycles 150 Howland Ave. Adams



Dunkin Donuts 1025 South St Pittsfield
Action Ambulance 121 W. Housatonic St Pittsfield
Berkshire Bank 408 W. Housatonic St Pittsfield
Dunkin Donuts 480 W. Housatonic St Pittsfield
Blue Q (pick up 703 W. Housatonic St) Pittsfield
Bill’s Service Center 1475 W. Housatonic St Pittsfield
Springside Nursing Home 255 Lebanon Ave Pittsfield
Melbourne Place 140 Melbourne Rd Pittsfield
WUPE 211 Jason St Pittsfield
CPAC State Police 7 North St.  
Berkshire Bank 66 West St Pittsfield
DA’s Office 7 North St. Pittsfield
Dunkin Donuts 18 First St Pittsfield
Vietnam Veterans 91 First St Pittsfield
Dunkin Donuts Rt. 7 Pittsfield
Ronnie’s Cycles Wahconah St Pittsfield
Berkshire Bank 99 North St Pittsfield


(Sheryl 442-1553)

100 North St Pittsfield
Kidding Around 397 North St Pittsfield
Dunkin Donuts 84 Dalton Ave Pittsfield
Zucco’s Restaurant 451 Dalton Ave Pittsfield
Charland Jewelers 875 Dalton Ave Pittsfield
Sideline Saloon 434 Fenn St. Pittsfield



Pittsfield High School 300 East St. Pittsfield
Taconic High School 96 Valentine Rd. Pittsfield
Reid Middle School 950 North St. Pittsfield
Boys & Girls Club 16 Melville St. Pittsfield
All State Ins. 128 Fenn St. Pittsfield
Berkshire Sports & Physical Therapy 24 Park St. Pittsfield
Berkshire Realty 2 South St. Pittsfield
Dunkin Donuts 425 East St Pittsfield  
Berkshire Bank 165 Elm St Pittsfield  
Flynn’s Pharmacy 173 Elm St Pittsfield  
Berkshire Bank 734 Williams St Pittsfield  
Lotus Beauty Salon 740 Williams St Pittsfield  
Haddad Subaru 652 East St Pittsfield  
Haddad Hyundai 689 East St Pittsfield  
NBT Bank 609 Merrill Rd Pittsfield  
Retro Fitness 675 Merrill Rd Pittsfield  
Planet Fitness 690 Merrill Rd Pittsfield  
Greylock Insurance 5 Cheshire Rd Pittsfield  
Berkshire Bank 39 Cheshire Rd Pittsfield  
Five Below Hubbard Ave Pittsfield  
Hamilton Relay 703 W. Housatonic St., Suite 148 Pittsfield  
H&S Auto 1260 East St Pittsfield  
Berkshire Nautilus Summer St Pittsfield  
      The Infield    Lyman St.       Pittsfield  


Crane and Co. Main St Dalton
L.P. Adams 484 Housatonic St Dalton
Berkshire Bank 488 Main St Dalton
Dalton General Store 200 North St Dalton
Dalton American Legion 258 North St. Dalton
Ozzie’s 26 Maple St. Hinsdale
Kelly’s Package Store 653 Main St. Dalton
Wahconah High School 150 Old Windsor Rd. Dalton


Sheffield Police Rte. 7, 10 S. Main St Sheffield
Covestro 119 Salisbury Rd (same side as police station, then next left hand turn) Sheffield
Berkshire Bank 103 North Main Sheffield
Senior Center 330 North St (road after artillery piece on way back from down town Sheffield) Sheffield
Sheffield Pottery 995 N. Main St Sheffield
Aubuchon Hardware 700 Main St Gt. Barrington
Dunkin Donuts 494 Main St Gt. Barrington
Gt. Barrington Police 465 Main St Gt. Barrington
Tom’s Toys 297 Main St Gt. Barrington
Berkshire Bank 244 Main St Gt. Barrington
Carr Hardware 456 Main St Gt. Barrington
Berkshire Bank 255 Stockbridge Rd Gt. Barrington
CHP 444 Stockbridge Rd (at the bottom of hill and before shopping center) Gt. Barrington
Old Castle Stone Products 110 Marble St Lee
NBT Bank 76 Park St Lee
Carr Hardware 57 park St Lee
Berkshire Bank 1 park St Lee
Dunkin Donuts 200 Housatonic St Lee
Berkshire Bank 495 Pitts. Lenox Rd Lenox
Haddad Motor Group 526 Pitts. Lenox Rd Lenox
NBT Bank 2 Holmes Rd Lenox




Devonshire Estates 329 Pitts. Lenox Rd Lenox
Berkshire Bank 25 Main St Lenox

Lenox Police Station

Lenox VFW

Town Hall

(to be left at Lenox Police station)

Berkshire Bank 32 Main St Stockbridge
Berkshire Bank 2 Depot St West Stockbridge