Editors, Vineyard Gazette:


’Twas the week before Christmas, the elves worked in shifts

At generous Grace Church wrapping thousands of gifts.


The children we served totaled 425

With Barbie and Batman and Baby Alive


The ones we cared for without using their name,

Last year, added up to exactly the same.


All got their crayons and lots of Play-Doh

And warm winter clothes to romp in the snow.


There were boots and jackets, lots of balls but no guns

And even some diapers for all the wee ones.


Each got one or maybe two books

And the food was waiting in crannies and nooks.


The bags overflowed with mittens and hats

And dolls and games and gloves and bats.


The volunteers came in a steady stream

To help each child achieve his dream.


Without our supporters we could not do this

(WMVY we surely will miss).


Brickman’s and Basics do more than their share

By wrapping the clothes that we purchase there.


Without “Chowder” and “Chili” and Harleys on bikes

We’d not be able to give to these tykes.


Each Red Stocking elf has turned off his light

So thank you to all and to all a good night.


Kerry Alley and Lorraine Clark

Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven