CRADLES TO CRAYONS

Rating: 4.87 stars   319 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services

Location: 155 North Beacon Street Brighton MA 02135 USA

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.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

My family truly appreciates this organization! Every year we donate what we can to C2C knowing that we ourselves may need to find support from its many services during the year. I also enjoy receiving C2Cs countless e-newsletters that keep me informed on what the organization is doing. Without this information, I would feel a little less connected to my community's needs and a great resource available to it.

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its donation drives which have motivated many people around me to get involved in addressing the needs of children and families.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great organization!! We use it often, heep up the good work!!

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helping other

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none at this time

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

C2C is an awesome organization that provides basic essentials to kids in need and encourages volunteerism at all ages.

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I know the founder, respect the mission to expand volunteerism and to provide basic essentials to kids in need.

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Continue the great work!

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Rating: 4 stars  

I've seen the work Cradle to Crayons have done and find it touching that they've helped so many children. I wish i could have volunteered with them when i had a chance. Its great the things they've done; provided kids with school supplies, clothing and volunteers work with the kids just the make their day. I personally hope to soon be one of those volunteers and help those kids too.

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i personally have yet to volunteer with this organization but from what people i know who have been apart of this organization found it a great and fun experience.

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find a way to promote what they do more so to the public.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

I have recently been involved w/ this organization Cradles to Crayons,both as a worker and a donor of many,many items. To think of the cildren they re helping keep warm, packing 12,000 bokbags for the children to start school w/ is an awesome undertking. All of this is done through donations both financial and thru donating goods.
The work done to help

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of seeing what is being done t help the children

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nothing! It's handled very well

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