Essay: A Red Stocking thankyou

‘Twas the week before Christmas, the elves worked in shiftsAt generous Grace Church wrapping thousands of gifts.

The children we served totaled 425With Barbie and Batman and Baby Alive.

The ones that we cared for without using their name, Last year, added up to exactly the same.

All got their crayons and lots of Play-DohAnd warm winter clothes to romp in the snow.

There were boots and jackets, lots of balls but no gunsAnd even some diapers for all the wee ones.

Each got one or maybe two booksAnd the food was waiting in crannies and nooks.

The bags overflowed with mittens and hatsAnd dolls and games and gloves and bats.

The volunteers came in a steady streamTo 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 shareBy wrapping the clothes that we purchase there.

Without “Chowder” and “Chili” and Harleys on bikesWe’d not be able to give to these tykes.

Each Red Stocking elf has turned off his lightSo, thank you to all and to all a good night.

Kerry Alley and Lorraine Clark are co-chairmen of the Red Stocking Fund.