Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Berkshire Bank Employees Collect Items to Support Soldiers

PITTSFIELD, MASS. – Berkshire Bank is conducting a company-wide care package drive through its Employee Volunteer Program to raise awareness of soldiers’ needs and show our local troops the support they have throughout Berkshire County, the Pioneer Valley, Eastern New York, and Southern Vermont.

The drive will run from February 14 through February 25, and donated items will be collected in all Berkshire Bank locations. The Bank is partnering with local, service-connected organizations to distribute the care packages to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. 
                                                                                            
Collection boxes are set up at all bank offices throughout the Berkshire Bank system in Massachusetts, New York and Vermont. Customers and the public are invited and encouraged to participate in the care package drive by donating non-perishable foods, travel sized toiletries, games, and certain clothing items. Recommended items include granola bars, microwave foods, coffee, hearty soups, cereals, socks, sunscreen, and body wash. A complete list of items can be found at any Berkshire Bank or by visiting www.berkshirebank.com

“Berkshire Bank is very proud to once again sponsor this Care Package Drive to benefit soldiers from our region,” said “Peter J. Lafayette, Berkshire Bank Foundation Executive Director. “We are committed to giving back to the communities we serve and there’s no better way of doing that than by giving back to the young men and women from our area who are serving our country.”

Organizations partnering on the project with the Bank are: the USO of the Pioneer Valley and Blue Star Mothers of the Capital District. Representatives from these organizations and Bank employees will package and ship the care packages overseas at the conclusion of the drive. For a list of Berkshire Bank offices near you visit www.berkshirebank.com .

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