The John S. Watson Fund was started in 1936 as the Community Christmas Cheer Committee. At that time, Mr. Watson handed out candy to local children. In 1978 the organization was incorporated as a non-profit. Eventually the fund was turned over to John S. Watson’s son, John M. Watson, who continued to serve on the Board of Directors until his passing in the Fall of 2022.
Today, Southern Berkshire County families that find themselves in need of assistance apply to receive:
A clothing voucher for each qualifying child and/or a food voucher to purchase a holiday feast.
This is all accomplished through the generosity of our community.
In 2022, a total of 245 families were helped; 796 individuals were fed and 365 children received clothing.
Make Your Donation Now
The Watson Fund continues due to the generosity of our community.
Your donations may be made by sending a check to:
The Watson Fund
P.O. Box 284
Great Barrington, MA 01230-0284
We now accept credit card donations through PayPal. Please click on the DONATE button below - please remember to ADD your message (In Memory Of, Happy Holidays, In lieu of cards, etc) by clicking the + sign on the second page of the donation page.
Thank you so very much for making a difference in the lives of our community members in need.