‘Tis the season for Inky Santa: Applications for assistance available now

The Inquirer and Mirror

(October 24, 2022) Inky Santa’s mission for more than 30 years has been to make Christmas a little merrier for island families in need.

The all-volunteer organization expects to help more than 400 Nantucket children this year.

Applications for assistance are available at The Inquirer and Mirror at the Milestone Rotary, Nantucket Boys & Girls Club, Fairwinds Counseling Center, Nantucket Resource Partnership, Nantucket Food Pantry, island houses of worship, Nantucket Family Resource Center, Health Imperatives Nantucket and through the public schools.

To take part in the program, the parents/guardians and children must be year-round residents of Nantucket, and the children must be 16 or younger.






Inky Santa’s Toy Drive emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words.

Founded by Nantucket firefighter Tom Holden and his wife Betsy in 1985 as a US Marine Corps Toys for Tots affiliate, The Inquirer and Mirror signed on the following year when editor and publisher Marianne Stanton put the reach of the newspaper behind the effort after returning from a trip to a rural community in West Virginia and seeing that the newspaper there was trying to raise $10,000 to make Christmas a little more joyful for those in need.

The organization is now strictly local, serving only those on Nantucket.

Click here to donate and for more information about Inky Santa.

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