NORTH ADAMS -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Berkshire County invites the community to participate in our annual holiday collection and distribution of gift bags to the patients in Jones 2 and 3 at Berkshire Med ical Center and at Grey lock Pavilion, North Adams Regional Hospital.
NAMIBC will collect donations, fill holiday bags and look for new ideas for items that would be appreciated by both patients and staff. Other items that could be well used are magazine or newspaper subscriptions, DVDs, art supplies, books, writing pads and small things that will fit into holiday gifts bags such as note paper, pens, socks, flip-flops, playing cards, games, hats, gloves, travel size shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes, soaps, nail polish, candy and pocket calendars.
If anyone is interested in volunteering to pack these gift bags or to transport everything to the hospitals, call the NAMIBC office at 413-443-1666 or email: namibc@ namibc.org. As always, monetary donations are gratefully accepted and checks can be made out to NAMIBC.
Items can be dropped off at the NAMIBC office, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., State Building, 4th floor, 133 East St., (across from Pittsfield High School) or in Williamstown at the First Congregational Church, Office of the Secretary, 906 Main St.; use the entrance off Chapin Drive, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or Sundays during worship.