The Berkshire Realtor's REACT committee has been working with the Department of Children & Families (DCF) toward a goal of putting together duffel bags for kids (infants through 18) who are removed from their homes under emergency situations. These kids typically leave their residences very quickly, and have no opportunity to take any of their possessions with them. As you can imagine, its a harrowing experience for them and they arrive at their temporary foster home with no personal items.
What you choose to purchase is entirely up to you. Items can be delivered directly to the Board Office: 99 West Street, Ste 200, Pittsfield, MA 01201. We’re hoping to stock up to 50 duffel bags over the course of the next few months. April 1st is our deadline for receiving items to stuff the bags with.
If you prefer to purchase locally, below is a list of requested items:
Toothbrush / Toothpaste (working with dentist)
Baby Shampoo / Conditioner
Shampoo / Conditioner for teens
Small toys (i.e., matchbox toys, dolls, beanies)
Coloring books for kids
Coloring books for teens
Crayons / Colored pencils
Feminine Hygiene Products (to be donated by Zonta)
DreamLight Pets (working w/corp donation)
PLEASE, no razors!
REACT will also gratefully accept monetary donations. Each filled bag will cost $35, not including all of the donated items it will contain. Please feel free to send item donations below or drop a check in the mail payable to BCBR, and mail to 99 West Street, Ste 200, Pittsfield, MA 01201