|How You Can Help|
Beyond the victim immediate needs, it is hard for us to know what to do to help. It's not easy losing a home to a flood. Survivors must leave their precious memories behind, something that is hard to understand unless we are faced with it. We do not always know where to begin. Here's what you can do now to help:
(1) Donate money or gift cards to this cause.
- The First Congregational Church in Williamstown is offering immediate assistance. Gift cards for places like Rite Aid and Stop & Shop are especially needed. Contact Gail Burns at (413) 458-4273.
- The Tenants Association of the Spruces has set up a fund at South Adams Savings Bank which will receive contributions for repairs and rebuilding. Contributions can be sent to: Spruces Tenants Association, memo: disaster relief, c/o South Adams Savings Bank, 273 Main St., Williamstown, MA 01267.
(2) Donate food to any local food pantry: the St. Patrick's food pantry in Williamstown, The Friendship Center and Salvation Army in North Adams and the Pope John Paul the Great Charity Center in Adams.
(3) Visit www.redcross.org, 1-800-RED-CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions can be sent to American Red Cross Berkshire County Chapter, 480 West St., Pittsfield, MA 01201 or American Red Cross, PO Box 37243 Washington, DC, 20013.
(4) Attend "Pray for the Spruces," an Interfaith prayer service in response to the local emergency caused by Hurricane Irene on Sunday, September 4 at 4 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 906 Main Street, Williamstown, MA. Clergy from area congregations will lead the time of prayer and reflection. Williams College will provide dinner for those who have been displaced from their homes following the service. All are welcome to participate in this time of prayer, whether displaced person or a sympathetic neighbor. No special dress code. The facility is handicapped accessible and has parking at the rear. For more information, contact First Congregational Church at 458-4273 or First United Methodist Church 458-3183.