News Briefs: Hurricane Harvey relief efforts – bottle collection in Egremont, food drive in Lenox

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By Saturday, Sep 2 News
Corinna Barnard
The Egremont Green Committee set up a relief program for Hurricane Harvey victims, dedicating receipts from bottles and cans returns to help those suffering from the storm.

Bottle collection to support Hurricane Harvey relief

Egremont — Beginning Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Egremont Transfer Station, 171 Egremont Plain Rd., bottles and cans for deposit will be collected with all redemption proceeds donated to the Salvation Army for Hurricane Harvey relief.

Those who wish to participate in the collection are asked to place their bottles and cans in the three blue barrels next to the container dumpster: One barrel will be for aluminum cans, one for plastic bottles and one for glass bottles.

Participants are reminded that the collection is only for bottles and cans with 5-cent deposits such as soda cans, beer cans and bottles, seltzer water cans and plastic bottles.

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Loeb’s Foodtown organizes food drive for hurricane relief

Lenox — Loeb’s Foodtown is partnering with Southern Berkshire Youth Football and Visit Lenox to help get essential nonperishable food items, new clothing and toiletries to those in need due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

Visit Lenox will organize the donated items and ship them to vetted relief agencies so they can be distributed to those in need. Accepted items are
nonperishable food items such as canned goods, dried pasta, rice and cereal;
new clothing items for all ages and genders such as socks, underwear and warm sweaters; tooiletries including toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and soap;
and emergency gear like flashlights, lanterns, tents, sleeping bags and water purification equipment.

For more information and donation drop-off arrangements, contact Michael Albert at Loeb’s at (413) 637-0270 or Jamie Trie at Visit Lenox at(413) 637-3646 x3 or jamie@lenox.org.


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