Red Stocking applications are available beginning Oct. 25 at locations around the Island. Red Stocking provides clothing, food and toys for Vineyard children in need from ages newborn to eighth graders at the holidays. Applications are available at any elementary school, branches of Vineyard banks, at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, the YMCA, Wampanoag Tribal Headquarters, Martha’s Vineyard Insurance Company, the Department of Families and Children, Early Childhood offices at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services and at the Food Pantry.
The Health Care Access Office in Oak Bluffs offers application assistance for Portuguese-speaking families. It is best to submit applications by Nov. 20 in order to receive a food voucher before Thanksgiving.
This year the Red Stocking program will be operating from the basement hall at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church on Franklin street in Vineyard Haven. The organization is thankful to Grace Episcopal Church for housing the annual project for several decades. Last year more than 430 children were served through the Red Stocking program.
Volunteers will be wrapping Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, beginning at 9 a.m. at St. Augustine’s. To volunteer to help wrap, call Patricia Carlet at 508-693-3197. Distribution will be on Friday, Dec. 13. Call Kerry Alley at 508-693-2324 or Lorraine Clark at 508-693-0725 with questions. Contributions to the Red Stocking fund can be mailed to Susan Wallo, Box 600, Edgartown, MA 02539.