As a non-profit (501c3) supported by donations,this fund is utilized to ensure that any resident of Marblehead 80 years or older is remembered at holiday time with a gift.

The nine-member Board of Directors oversees the purchase, wrapping and distribution of cards and gifts to Marblehead elders 80 years and older and all Senior Housing residents.   Personal shopping is done for residents of both Marblehead nursing homes as well as any former Marbleheaders residing in various North Shore nursing or rest homes.

Each year during the first week of December Board members, individual volunteers, and several local organizations assist with the wrapping and distribution of gifts.


Edith Dodge Memorial Fund, Inc. was named in honor of Edith Dodge, a vibrant senior and the first Senior Center Director in Marblehead.  In 1972 she commandeered the old Marblehead Spanish American War Veterans Building on State Street and created Marblehead’s first Senior Drop-in Center. She strongly felt that elders needed a gathering place to have a cup of coffee, play a game of cards, meet new friends, and support one another.  Edith also raised funds for a sixteen-passenger van to assist with elder transportation needs. Originally called the “Holiday Elderly Fund” Edith was responsible for spearheading a fundraiser to be used for distribution of gifts in December to all Marblehead residents 80 and older based not on need, but on age.


Donations may be made throughout the year in memory of or to honor a special person or pet to:

Edith Dodge Memorial Fund, Inc.
c/o National Grand Bank
91 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, MA 01945

Contact Information

Questions or comments may be directed to:

Edith Dodge Memorial Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 1402
Marblehead, MA 01945

This is the official site of the Edith Dodge Memorial Fund, Inc owned and maintained by the Board of Directors located in Marblehead, MA.