Red Stocking gives thanks


To the Editor:

We’re so tired, we’re so weary,

And the weather’s dark and dreary.

But our hearts are full of cheer,

It’s been another great Red Stocking year.

Without the help of all our friends,

There’d be no gifts that Santa sends..

Knitters and wrappers and shoppers galore,

Brickman’s and Basics who open their store.

To those who ride Harleys, eat chili and chowder

Our thanks to you couldn’t be louder.

Warm sheets and blankets and even some beds,

All warm and cozy for some sleepy heads.

Thanks to the Sleep Shop (they’re Mike and Pat),

Always so willing – we tip our hat.

Special friends stop by during day or at night.

Jodie and Donald Ben David, a real welcome sight.

They drop off checks or leave bikes in the yard.

Somehow they’re like Santa, they work very hard.

Thanks to the school kids who do so much good,

Giving nickels and dimes and boxes of food.

The Toy Box that’s run by Bebe, our friend,

Whose supply of toys seems to have no end.

She finds us trucks, crayons, dolls, and play-dough,

Legos and puzzles and sleds for the snow.

So many years Grace Church was our place,

But with so many children we ran out of space.

For years we wrapped gifts while Ted made paella.

He helped carry gifts, he’s a helpful fella.

To Pat in the office and Father Rob,

Thank you for helping us do a good job.

Now St. Augustine’s Church. Father Nagle and Joe

Lent us their space, what a great place to go.

Thanks for your help all week and your prayers,

Could you get an elevator next year, instead of those stairs?

Some of the elves are getting old,

They’re Lorraine and Kerry so we’ve been told.

For Susie and Leslie, they’re stepping down.

Now these two will drive Santa’s sleigh round the town.

Donations from friends both far and near,

Who seem to come through year after year.

Who have we skipped, no one we fear,

So Merry Christmas to all, see you next year.