Giving back

To the Editor:

This is an open letter to the community – a call for assistance, if you will. Throughout the entries, Paresky, Schow and Goodrich, there are some unattractive boxes sitting around waiting to be filled with toiletries for the Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) in Pittsfield, Mass. To those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, the EFC is a shelter for battered women and victims of domestic abuse. While we are stressing about our next exam and booking our flights home, these women are struggling to keep the remnants of their lives together.

Granted, we all have our own personal struggles to deal with beyond just the two I highlighted. So I’m asking you all a simple favor: Think about all the women in your life that have contributed to the strength and wisdom that you have. These women can be mothers, grandmothers, girlfriends, best friends, sisters, cousins and neighbors. Now what would your life be like if you didn’t have these women to hold you close when you were struggling?

Here’s a chance for you to show your appreciation for the women you are lucky to have in your life, while extending a helping hand to the women that are struggling to hold on to what little they have. Please, drop off any donations you may have to offer and give the women of the EFC a chance to wash their faces clean of sadness, shave off the feelings of resentment they may feel and bathe in the comforts of knowing someone is thinking about them during this difficult time. As a community, it is our job to take care of each other, and now is the time to extend that sense of community to our neighbors in need.