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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Family Services, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Thrift Shops

Mission: Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.

Results: Over the years, Cradles to Crayons has distributed more than 300,000 packages of essential items to disadvantaged Massachusetts children, including 127,000 backpacks filled with brand new school supplies.

Target demographics: provide children from birth through age 12 living in low-income or homeless situations with the essential items they need to thrive.

Direct beneficiaries per year: distribute 29,000 KidPacks and 30,000 backpacks to local kids in-need

Geographic areas served: Massachusetts and Pennsylvania

Programs: Cradles to Crayons’ signature program, Everyday Essentials, the subject of this request, provides children living in low-income or homeless situations with essential items such as clothing for a week, books, shoes, developmental toys and more. Everyday Essentials operates year-round with targeted seasonal initiatives to best meet the needs of local children. Our Gear Up for Winter campaign supplies kids with the cold weather gear that they need to stay warm from October through February. Our school readiness platform, Ready for School operates from July through September to provide children with materials they need to feel ready to learn from head to toe. During March and April, our Spring Greening program ties in a fun initiative for families to clean out their closets and donate their gently-used items to Cradles to Crayons. Gear Up for Baby focuses on gathering infant and child safety equipment throughout the months of May and June.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Miriam L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had great experiences working with Cradles to Crayons. A lot of my clients need very basic things: clothes, toys, books, arts and crafts supplies, and games. Having the same supplies, clothes, and toys as their friends helps my clients feel just like all their friends. Cradles to Crayons steps up every time I need them and provides my clients with the things they need so they can go back to just being kids.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

C2C has been such an amazing resource for the families we serve! From the most basic necessities like warm clothes in the winter and diapers for infants to the toys and books that light up a child's face when they see their bag, each "order" is a blessing and so truly appredciated. The staff at this organization is so wonderful and easy to work with. C2C has far exceeded any expectation we would have had and continue to be our top resource for kids we work with.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

a wonder full organization, they are in need of more resources and a better website. They provide a great need for the community

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work at a provider agency that regularly orders "Kids Packs", clothes, coats and baby supplies from C2C for our clients in need. Having C2C in our area has made our job of finding clothing for children in need so much easier. We know we can always rely on C2C to provide gently used, fashionable clothing to our clients and they usually throw in some age appropriate toys as well. Our clients love receiving the clothes that are always very much needed. Parents have reduced stress by being able to provide for their children. I can't say enough about how great C2C has been for our community!

Review from Guidestar