Where to Give this Holiday Season on Martha’s Vineyard

Jen Hawkins O'Hanlon, REALTOR®


Thinking about lending a helping hand or making a monetary donation to one of the Vineyard’s organizations? It’s always nice to spend your time or money in a way that allows you to feel connected to an organization that means something to you personally. And this year, there are many more people struggling than in past years.

Red Stocking Gifts Ready to be Distributed

For me, having an eight year old who has everything that she could ever want (yes, I’m being honest here), reminds me that there are some kids who may not have gifts this holiday season and parents who just need a little help to make it happen. For this reason, the Red Stocking Fund is at the top of my list. This non-profit organization is completely run by volunteers and provides Christmas gifts for children on the Island who would otherwise not have presents under the tree. The O’Hanlon Group sponsored two children this year and with the help of friends, we were able to fulfill the needs to make it a great Christmas for these two kiddos.

Fresh Produce at the Island Food Pantry

Another crucial organization on Martha’s Vineyard that is always in need of donations is the Island Food Pantry. The volunteers work tirelessly to make sure anyone who needs assistance has food on their table. Covid really affected so many people on the Island and as schools continue to be open on a limited basis and so many businesses are not able to open, there are more and more people needing some help. If you’re interested in donating, visit their web site here.

A relatively new organization on the Island that I think should be getting attention is Harbor Homes of Martha’s Vineyard. As so many know, housing on the Island is a major issue. The cost of living and the price of real estate continues to sky rocket and it’s hard for so many people to find a safe and affordable spot to call home. Harbor Homes has been created to make sure that anyone finding themselves without a roof over their head is taken care of. They are doing some amazing things, including providing congregate housing, a winter shelter and teaching life skills to help people transition to more stable and productive lives. To learn more about all that they are doing and are planning for in the future, you’ll want to read more on their web site.

I think Winston Churchill said it the best – “”We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” I’m keeping that in mind this holiday season more than ever before.


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