Harley Riders saddle up for Martha’s Vineyard charity

With Santa in the sidecar and Will Lewis driving, the Harley Riders approach Sharky's in Edgartown. — Photo by Ralph StewartS

The holidays trigger all kinds of responses in people, but on the Vineyard there’s one constant — the Red Stocking Fund. Now in its eighth decade, the traditional Vineyard effort provides food, clothing, and toys to Island children at holiday time.

Red Stocking is funded by donations from individual Islanders and by two major events — the Big Chili Contest held every year in January, and the Red Stocking Run, the around-the-Island ride by the M.V. Harley Riders to collect toys and contributions. This year’s ride, the 22nd annual, was held on November 14. In addition to toys, Sunday’s ride collected $16,495 in contributions, a significant portion of Red Stocking’s annual budget.

Last year, almost 400 children were served by Red Stocking, and at least as many qualify this year. Applications are available at elementary schools, most bank offices, M.V. Community Services, Wampanoag Tribal Headquarters in Aquinnah, the Island Food Pantry, and the Boys and Girls Club in Edgartown.

Gift-wrapping will take place at Grace Church from Monday to Wednesday, December 13 to 15. Volunteer wrappers are always welcome. Call Patricia Carlet at 508-693-3187 to sign up to wrap.

Checks in support of Red Stocking may be sent to Barbara Silvia, Treasurer, 67 Midland Ave., Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. For more information, call Kerry Alley at 508-693-2324 or Lorraine Clark at 508-693-0725.