NORTH ADAMS -- For four hours on Saturday, a local faith-based organization will hold a clothing sale to raise money for the Friendship Center Food Pantry.
The Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative -- a group of people from different faith denominations working with other people of good will to find ways to serve the community better -- is organizing a clothing sale at the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Center. The sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will include an inventory supplied by the Greylock ABC clothing sale, which was held Sept. 29 in Williamstown.
ABC -- A Better Chance -- is a national organization focused on "increasing the number of under-represented youth assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American Society," according to Greylock ABC's website. Greylock ABC, a local chapter of the national organization, has held the clothing sale annually for 19 years.
Fran Berasi, coordinator for the Interfaith Action Initiative clothing sale, said Tuesday that the idea for the sale came from Carolyn Behr, who has been a longtime volunteer with Greylock ABC.
"She had the idea to take the clothing left over from the ABC sale and donate it to us to have our own sale to benefit the food pantry," Berasi said.
Behr said she first learned about the Interfaith Action Initiative's work from member Stuart Crampton, who gave a presentation about the organization at the First Con
"The ABC clothing sale has really quality stuff. We have so much stuff, we can't possibly sell it in one day," Behr said. "Usually, we donate what is left over to a charity of some sort. But this year, I felt it was especially important to keep what was left in Northern Berkshire."
Mark Rondeau, co-organizer of the Interfaith Action Initiative, said the Friendship Center Food Pantry, 43 Eagle St., has 1,100 member families from North Adams, Clarks burg and Florida, and is run by volunteers.
"This event is huge for the food pantry," Berasi said. "If we could just make $10,000, that would be huge."
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