Red Stockings Offer Christmas Aid to Children
C.K. Wolfson

"Christmas was about getting nothing," she says in clipped Yankee cadence. Lorraine Beaucaire Clark's family did not speak English when they came from Portugal; her great-uncle, a Chilmark resident for 55 years,speaks only Portuguese.

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Red Stocking Fillers This Year Will Delight 270 Island Children
Alexis Tonti

Red Stocking Fillers This Year Will Delight 270 Island Children

By ALEXIS TONTI

At the other end of the year from the sleek summer fundraising season, a grassroots charity pursues its purpose.

The Red Stocking Fund holds no auctions or celebrity fundraisers. It has no board of directors, and its managers bear no administrative titles. The core group of volunteers meets only once a year to set the date - this year, Dec. 19 - on which strained and straitened parents will receive the Island's gifts for more than 270 of its children.

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Red Stocking Fund Plays Annual Santa for Needy Families
Max Hart

When Lorraine Clark walks into Grace Church in Vineyard Haven on the morning of Dec. 17, Christmas officially begins.

There, packed high to the ceiling and filling almost every available space will be over 250 large, white bags - each one stuffed with dozens of wrapped gifts. Each bag will be marked with its own number, and soon people will trickle in to claim them.

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Santa Claus Lady: Red Stocking Begins Season Helping Needy
Rachel Kovac

More than a decade ago Ida (Buzzy) Gardner wrote a story about a woman who brought small toys to young children on Martha's Vineyard. The Santa Claus Lady was her name, and as the story goes she "brought Christmas in tiny packages wrapped in odd pieces of paper tightly tied with bits of ribbon."

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Red Stocking Fund Begins Season of Helping Needy
Mark Alan Lovewell

The Red Stocking Fund is the Vineyard's holiday Santa. Red Stocking elves are already quietly working behind the scenes to make sure every Island child with needs has a warm and love-filled season. Last year 275 children in 173 families got a boost of holiday cheer, thanks to Red Stocking. This year the number is expected to be higher.

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Weary but Still Smiling, Angels Of Red Stocking Call It a Wrap

The miracle that is Red Stocking has happened again. Through a tremendous effort on the part of hundreds of donors, volunteers, vendors and Red Stocking committee members, we distributed food, clothing, books and toys to 334 Vineyard children from 230 families. The piles and piles of wrapped presents that filled Grace Church last Thursday were cheerfully and efficiently sorted and organized into a sea of numbered bags ready for Friday morning’s pickup. This represented an increase of over 50 children from last year.

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Red Stocking Fund for Children
Jack Shea

Seventy years ago Addie Crist and Irene Flanders sat together to sew six red cloth stockings.

They filled them mostly with necessaries but also with a ray of Christmas delight for six needy Island kids.

They didn’t call it the Red Stocking Fund and could not have known their simple act of kindness would become an extraordinary source of hope and joy for several thousand Island children and their families.

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Annual Chili Contest Adds Spice To Red Stocking Fund Coffers
Mark Alan Lovewell

Plenty of mild chili, cold beer and warm fun went into the 22nd annual WMVY Chili Contest last Saturday. The fundraiser raised approximately $21,000 for the Island’s charitable organization, the Red Stocking Fund, more than last year’s event.

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Run to the Rock Revs Up Red Stocking
Mark Alan Lovewell

Motorcyclists enjoyed a weekend on the Vineyard, while contributing to Island charities through the 29th annual Run to the Rock.

Mike Dow, president of the hosting nonprofit group, the Martha’s Vineyard Harley Riders, said the weekend went well. Last year the event raised $50,000 for Vineyard charities and Mr. Dow said they expect to do even better once all the money is counted this year. The riders came from all over New England, and from as far north as Canada and as far west as Pennsylvania.

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News Update: Monday, December 13 - Record Need Prompts Red Stocking Toys Appeal

The Red Stocking Fund has put out an urgent appeal to the Martha’s Vineyard community for toys. The fund has received a record number of qualifying applications, with well over 400 children in genuine need this holiday season.

Organizers are asking anyone in a position to donate to bring toys to the Edgartown and Oak Bluffs Schools, or to Grace Church on Woodlawn avenue in Vineyard Haven, between now and Wednesday; arrangements also can be made to have new toys picked up.

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