The Red Stocking Fund was started in 1938 when Addie Crist, a Vineyard Haven resident, and a few friends, knitted six actual red stockings. These stockings were then filled with “something to eat, something to wear, and something to play with” and distributed to needy children on Martha’s Vineyard at Christmas. In subsequent years, the program grew and was later administered by school nurses in the Island schools. In 1986, we became incorporated as The Red Stocking Fund, Inc. with our first official Board of Directors. Many of our board members have been active in the organization for many years.

The mission of The Red Stocking Fund is to provide food and warm winter clothing to children who live full time on the Vineyard during Christmas/holiday season whose families are in need. We serve children from birth through the 8th grade.

Ninety cents of every dollar we receive is spent on food and clothing. Toys are donated – we do not purchase toys from our budget.

Contact Information

Susie Wallo, 508-776-6050 and Sandy Joyce 508-776-0801


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 600
Edgartown, MA 02539