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Berkshire Amistad Thanksgiving Open House Nov. 28

Unloading shipment from Pittsfield, MA
Unloading shipment from Pittsfield, MA

“This Thanksgiving, please think about your friends in Central America” asks Eddie O’Toole, the new director of Berkshire Amistad, the 30yr. old Pittsfield-based organization. O’Toole uses containers that deliver bananas to our grocery stores to ship useful items back to Honduras and other countries in Central America. Berkshire Amistad has been shipping clothing, shoes, sewing machines, etc. for 30 years. Today the organization is preparing its tenth 40ft container. Items collected on Nov. 28 will be loaded into a 40′ shipping container for Berkshire Amistad’s 10 shipment. The Open House will be at our warehouse, 186 Gt. Barrington Rd., W. Stockbridge (3 mi. south of the MassPike on Rt. 41).

Please see: Berkshire Amistad wish list.

Earlier shipments have included school desks from GT. Barrington, hospital beds from Berkshire Medical Center, and theater chairs from Berkshire School. Working out of a warehouse in West Stockbridge, MA the group has prepared more hospital beds and dental equipment along with carpentry equipment, new florecesent lights and more. Currently the group has 160 grocery store size plastic bags filled with good clean clothing and other with three pairs of shoes. These will be used to fill in all the spaces in between the beds and anywhere else there is a space. Eddie O’Toole said “we could use 800 bags of clothes or school supplies. Sometimes people have extra pens and pencils, those type of thing fit in all those nooks and crannies we are trying to fill.”

The warehouse will be open from 9am – 3pm on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, November 28th. People are invited to come and see what we have gathered to send our friends in Central America. Please look around your house for crutches, pens, pencils, screwdrivers, hammers or even wheelchairs, and bring them down to the warehouse. If you can’t make it down on the 28th you can contact Eddie O’Toole, 413-645-2003, berkshireamistad@gmail.com, 43 Taylor St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.