11:04AM / Thursday, November 03, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Santa Fund is kicking off its annual campaign drive to ensure no child in the region goes without a toy this Christmas.
Last year, generous donors provided more than $12,000, ensuring more than 300 local children had a toy or book for Christmas.
It's easier than ever to support this time-honored tradition that has again set a goal of $12,000: Click here to donate via PayPal. Check donations also can be sent by mail to P.O. Box 1724, North Adams, MA 01247.
The fund drive provides eligible families in Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, North Adams, Savoy and Williamstown with a gift certificate to buy toys for children ages 12 and under or receive a gift bag for infants and toddlers.
Applications will be available within the next week or so. Announcements will be made on iBerkshires and on the Northern Berkshire Santa Fund Facebook page.
The fund was established by Sprague Electric employees more than 50 years ago and later was sponsored by the former North Adams Transcript for some years.
iBerkshires has taken over sponsorship of the annual campaign and Walmart stepped in the last two years to provide the toys and will continue to do so again this year. Landmark Credit Union, formerly the Sprague Electric Credit Union, has continued its support for the toy drive and donations may also be dropped off at the credit union.
"We are pleased that we can help continue a tradition that has been serving the community for more than 50 years," Tammy Daniels, editor of iBerkshires.com and president of the fund's board of directors, said. "Every child should have a present to open on Christmas morning, and the Northern Berkshire Santa Fund plays an important role in ensuring that happens."
The Northern Berkshire Santa Fund page will also list the donors and show the progress of the fund drive. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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