Monday, January 21, 2013

MLK Day of Service at Friendship Center

A group of volunteers from MCLA and elsewhere came to the Friendship Center with donated  food shortly after 10 a.m. and helped us sort it.

Nate Rodgers and a little volunteer on a step ladder clean the outside of the Center's front window, which really needed a good cleaning.

Paul Marino of Northern Berkshire Community Television films as Amanda Chilson and Amber Besaw get more donated food to bring in.

Bert Lamb and Liz Boland next pulled up with donations from Stop and Shop.

Bert takes a photo of Rich Davis as he gets some of the donations ready to roll into the pantry.

Though I was not able to go to the MLK lunch and ceremony later at the MCLA Church Street Center, I want to acknowledge the awarding of the 2013 Peacemaker Award to the Rev. Dave Anderson, pastor of the First Baptist Church of North Adams. He does a lot of great work for the community, much of it behind the scenes. As a group we appreciate that we are able to use First Baptist both for our monthly meetings and during the winter as a warm sign-in station for Friendship Center members before they come to the pantry. Well-deserved. God Bless him and to all who donated to the Friendship Center and those who came to work!

Well-deserved — Pastor Dave Anderson receives the 2013 Peacemaker Award from North Adams Mayor Dick Alcombright, who is at far right in photo. (Courtesy Bert Lamb)

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