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