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Cradles to Crayons

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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

313 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered several times at the Philadelphia location with my former employer. The corporate sponsor days are a great way to show up with a huge group of people, tackle some big tasks, and help lots of kids! I love the backpack program every year which supplies kids with a backpack stuffed with school supplies in August before school starts. This year I was able to send a few handmade cards which also get included in each backpack. They also have offsite drop off locations which are posted on their Facebook page for convenient weekend drop offs. (They came to an Old Navy only a few miles from my house on a Saturday and I was able to donate any size small women's clothing to this program instead of a generic donation recipient.) Passionate people and great cause!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I believe that Cradle To Crayons can use every dollar given. They look for ways to maximize the way that they can help children in our communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer here, and collect clothes to donate. The volunteer experience is well-organized and fulfilling, the space is cheerful, the volunteer leaders are upbeat and appreciative, and there is time built in to inform volunteers of how many needy children were served by the work we did that shift. It is easy to see that without our donations and time, children in dire need would not have basic clothing needs met. And that that toys, crafts, and books packed with a week's worth of clothing will give them a much-needed lift and feeling of care and nurturing when they most need it.

Donor

Rating: 5

My company donated 60 Outfit Packs to Cradles to Crayons.

Lauren62

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just finished a volunteer shift at Cradles to Crayons... a wonderful and fulfilling experience as always! C2C is so organized and well run, and provides a much needed and valuable service to those most vulnerable and in need, children! Volunteering at C2C is so fun and enjoyable, the time flies by - I wish I could volunteer more often, but so many people want to help out there is a wait list! It is so great to see so many different people come together to work for the common good! Great things happening at the C2C Giving Factory! :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I learned about Cradles to Crayons through our daughter. Her family (including 3 children under age 8) volunteer at Cradles to Crayons. Twice when we have visited from outside of MA, we volunteered with them. We especially like that Cradles to Crayons tries to provide the essentials that children need at home and out in the community. The focus of Cradles to Crayons is on children in need between the ages of birth and twelve. The items provided to the children in need are clean and in good condition. Cradles to Crayons is a great organization. I wish there were something like it in the community where we live.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Cradles to Crayons for several years and it is an amazing organization. I have also brought in my kids to volunteer many times as well as my daughter's Girl Scout Troop. Cradles to Crayons is a wonderful place for kids and adults to help children in Massachusetts as well as learn more about the needs and how we can keep helping.

Carrie39

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Cradles to Crayons the summer of my sophomore year of high school. Now, I am a junior in college and still volunteering and giving back to this organization. I absolutely 100% back Cradles to Crayon's mission. I believe they are truly one of the best non-profit organizations around. I have been fortunate to be a volunteer,part of the Teen Leadership Team, and also a donor. Whenever I have items to donate, I always bring them to C2C. It's the first place that pops into my head. I am blessed to have had the experience of volunteering many hours in the C2C warehouse. I learn so much every time I visit and volunteer. The staff is wonderful and I can see that everyone genuinely loves what they do!!!

Sophia F.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My son and I volunteered for the first time a month ago. It was our first time there and our first time volunteering at all. I didn't know what to expect but it went far beyond whatever I could have imagined. Not only was it inspiring from the moment you stepped in the door, with inspiring phrases on the walls, but throughout the whole process. Every aspect of this experience made you (at least me) feel that I was doing something important for a child. Watching the other volunteers helping, looking at all the clothing and toys being separated and cleaned, watching people shop for specific children, and then at the end rallying us all together to inform us of how many children we helped, really made me feel apart of something bigger than myself. My son enjoyed it as well and wanted to come again. And we did, my husband joining us the seond time. It also touched our hearts when we realized that there were kids who would not get certain items that they needed because there were none donated. This is a wonderul organization, the staff is amazing and I love it from top to bottom! I tell everyone I know about our experience and instagram everytime I go.

Sheila21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our Company Gardner Resources Consulting volunteered at Cradles to Crayons in December 2011 and we enjoyed it so much that we are going back next December 2012. This organization helps many families in the Boston MA area. The staff are friendly and the layout of the building and donated items was very organized. They truly care.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MANNAM-Boston has been so honored to be able to volunteer at and support Cradles to Crayons. This is one of the kindest, friendliest, and most loving organizations I have ever encountered. Their work is invaluable, and their dedication and passion shows in the amazing service they offer children in need. It is truly humbling and inspirational to volunteer with Cradles to Crayons. I support everything they stand for! Thank you for all that you do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It only took one 2hr volunteer shift and I was hooked. I have been volunteering regularly now for over a year and I look forward to each trip. The work is hands on, the staff is beyond welcoming, the need is crucial and the results speak for themselves at the end of each day. The "Giving Factory" is one of my favorite places to be and I am often amazed at how many people feel the same way, and work together to make helping over 50,000 children in need a possibility each year.

Cathy42

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cradles to crayons is an amazing organization. My family was looking for a place we could all volunteer together, and C2C has opportunities for even the youngest helpers. Their donation process is very efficient, and their staff is warm extremely engaged. We have had only wonderful experiences at the giving factory!!

Carlos7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with cradles to crayons. C2C makes a tangible difference in the community, and it provides volunteers like myself a way to roll up our sleeves and not merely donate money or advise. Whether sorting through clothing, book, toys, to putting together clothing outfits and "kid packs" containing items to help low-income children thrive, you truly feel like you are making a big difference!

Ruth21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cradles to Crayons excites me in the way they involve the community to donate new and gently used children's clothes and supplies, rally volunteers to sort and pack them, and get them directly to those children who are most in need through social service agencies. Their mission to make every child feel cared for and supply the materials they need to succeed in school is dear to my heart. I have funneled supplies to donation sites for several years but recently had the opportunity to volunteer a shift at the Brighton Giving Factory. It was motivating to hear about the work they do beforehand, and learn how many children our two hour shift served. They are so well organized and made it so much fun the time flew by. I can't wait to do it again, and bring my friends!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic charity. Many times in the past, I have personally helped people that would not otherwise get the assistance they need. Cradles to Crayons, makes it extremely easy to assist people in need.

Eleanor H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cradles to Crayons is a wonderful non-profit that does so much for needy kids. They make it a fun experience but also point out the ways that are are making a difference for kids. They distribute KidPacks to thousands of kids across the state of Massachusetts who are in need of clothes, books, toys, and more. I got to intern there in the summer of 2012 and it was a wonderful experience. Everyone at C2C is dedicated to the mission and they make it a wonderful place to volunteer!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've only had positive experiences with Cradles to Crayons. Everyone is enthusiastic, helpful, and happy. They are an organized, thorough, and wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Cradles to Crayons is such a meaningful and rewarding experience. Well organized, fun, and extremely efficient use of time...you leave feeling like you truly made a difference, and that your services and time were highly valued. Having volunteered for a number of years and as a former coordinator of service projects at a variety of nonprofit organizations, I can easily say that C2C is the best place I have had the privilege to volunteer. Additionally, it is an excellent place to bring children (over 5) to expose them to the importance of serving others...it's fun for them AND worthwhile. Can't say enough good things about this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with the wonderful people at this charity has been an amazing experience. The daily staff keep the momentum continuous and in a positive and constructive direction. As a former guidance counselor during my younger years I know that the cause presents a number of needs on an ongoing basis. Now that I am a parent I also see how much is involved in parenthood and the needs of families. It was only in the last few years that I have had the opportunity to volunteer with this charity. Having been an act volunteer with many different well supported charities I am overly impressed with the productivity of this group!

Christina25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of interning with this organization while in college. While I was there, I got to experience first hand what happens in their 'Giving Factory' on a daily basis. Across MA, there are many families that are (technically) living above the "poverty line" yet still have trouble obtaining daily necessities such as clothing, school supplies, and birthday gifts for their children. C2C works to close that gap. Social workers report to C2C with a list of their family's needed items, and the Volunteers get to shop their way through the aisles of donated items to fill those orders. It feels great to be a part of an organization that is so tangible, as a volunteer you know that those very items you take off the Giving Factory shelves are going to a family with children in need very nearby. Anyone looking to give back to their community should highly consider Cradles to Crayons. They have donation centers across Massachusetts as well as donation programs for kids and adults to participate in (check out their Birthday Star program!). Great organization, great staff members, and a great cause!!! you guys are the best!

Mike C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with charities for the past 4 years, and I must say C2C is outstanding. Their organization is excellent and they really help volunteers see the direct impact just a few hours of their time can mean to the communities they serve.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

very friendly and extremely excited about their work. always busy, but more than enough work for everyone to get involved. great organization

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Three of my daughters volunteered at Cradles and Crayons. This is a very worthwhile charity and has very enthusiastic leadership.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a very worthwhile charity and the people who participate get a lot out of helping others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi, my name is Grace and my first experience with Cradles to Crayons was with HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth) on an off-site volunteer day. When we arrived at the "Giving Factory" we were greeted and shown around by the other volunteers who worked there regularly. The factory was organized with specific work stations, and many shelves and boxes filled with childen's shoes and books. We were instructed where to begin, which for my group, happened to be the birthday-present wrapping center. Volunteers informed us that when they get in requests for a special birthday present for a boy or girl, they get younger volunteers to decorate the paper, which was then used to wrap gifts. This made me realize just how important it is to make a child feel special and loved on his or her birthday, especially when they already need the basic essentials to grow and learn. I thought this was exceptionally thoughtful of Cradles to Crayons to consider how these memorable days in a child's life should be celebrated. Then, we began working with the order slips, selecting and packing the items a child will actually use. I remember how one of the guys in another group started crying when he was picking out diapers and baby clothes for a family. It was difficult for me to wrap my head around the idea that not only families are living with less than adequate food and clothing, but also that infants - the most vulnerable and easily susceptible to sickness - are presently living with less than they require to grow properly. My experience with Cradles to Crayons opened my eyes to the conditions in which so many are living, and made me reflect on how my involvement could make a difference in someone else's life.
I can't thank Cradles to Crayons enough for the work that they so willingly do. Cradles to Crayons is a pioneer because, they recognize the plight of others and take extraordinary action towards relieving such suffering. Cradles to Crayons is a great organization, and I hope more people take part in their goal of helping needy children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at C2C twice in the past few months. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience each time and have referred others to the organization. They are organized, the staff is friendly and the experience is rewarding.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work for a non-profit in Philadelphia and we use C2C as a resource for our clients. They are an amazing staff and their volunteers are very helpful. The items our clients receive are in very good condition and very appreciated. Our staff even volunteered a couple of hours at the Philadelphia site. We are very grateful for their amazing work. Thanks!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Girl Scout troop volunteered cleaning toys and sorting clothing for families. All of the girls enjoyed the work they did and it inspired them to want to do more service projects. The coordinators explained how they were helping many people in their own community and kept it light and (more importantly) motivational instead of depressing. It was very well organized and the jobs the children did were easy and interesting for them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a social worker in Philadelphia, C2C was a vital resource to the families that had children who needed clothing and toys. It felt like Christmas each time I would bring a bag of things to a family, and they were so thankful. Unlike other organizations that offer donations and resources to families, C2C allows workers to customize orders to each family, down to the kind of books and toys they like. The items I received for the kids were always right on target. I cannot say enough about them and their value to the families in this area that just need a little help! I also volunteer with them and I feel good seeing the love and care that goes into making each order extra special!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

volunteered as a service project...so well organized, friendly staff who completely care about the organization's mission. So glad to have them as part of our community

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I organized a visit for my daughters' girl scout troop to volunteer at Cradles to Crayons last year. The girls sorted clothes and cleaned and sorted toys. They all were excited about what they were doing and unanimously said they felt that they had helped other kids like themselves directly by doing the work themselves, making the packages that would actually go to the recipients. It was a wonderful experience for the girls to have a hands on experience. Cradles to Crayons made volunteering meaningful and instilled in the girls a feeling for community service as well as a feeling of having the power and the responsibility to help others.

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Suzanne S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at C2C Philadelphia for 6 months. I was going every other week but enjoy it so much I now go weekly when ever possilbe. The staff and other volunteers are really nice and I feel like I am really ehlping those less fortunate.

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Shotputsuz

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for various non-profits for about 25 years. I know what makes an organization sustainable and I believe Cradles to Crayons has what it takes.

The employees at C2C are extremely friendly and helpful. The directions for helping are simple and clear (a lot of thought has gone into creating and stocking each station). My favorite part, however, is that families can volunteer together and the kids can play an active role, which means it's like Kids for Kids (K4K)!

I'm so thankful to the person who introduced my family to C2C! Keep up the great work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an impressive organization!

My first experience with C2C was through our school, the Shipley School, where I participated in a number of clothing & equipment drives. During that time heard so many positive things about C2C that when I had additional items to donate I decided to visit the drop location myself. The building was clean and well-organized. I was greeted by friendly and dedicated volunteers who helped me unload my car and gave me a tour of the facility. I could see so clearly how their system worked -- items would be collected, sorted and eventually allocated to those who were most in need of them.

During my tour, a group of people from a law firm were volunteering their time that day. They looked to be enjoying themselves and getting a lot accomplished. I plan to take my girls to the facility to volunteer in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our company chooses several charities a year and encourages employees to choose from the list of organized events. 2010 was the 2nd year that Cradles to Crayons was on the list. All of the volunteers had a very rewarding experience in 2009 (small number of people) and raved about it so much that in 2010 we had 48 people attend the one event; much more than the other events. This is due to the fact that the charity is well run, helps local people and understands how to keep all of the volunteers busy and motivated. We will continue to support Cradles to Crayons in 2011 and beyond.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a terrific organization that helps the needs of so many. My students at J.R. Masterman have done clothing fundraisers for them over the years as they reach out to families in need right in our community. We are lucky to have such a group.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered through my work and found the experience very rewarding. Cradles to Crayons Inc. does their best to fulfill all their requests from the parents, organizations and kids. I would definately volunteer there again.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Cradles to Crayons is a well run organziation that fills a true void in the non-profit world. The organization is very effective and efficient. I suggested my neighbor's daughter have her birthday party there as she was looking for a positive world experience rather than more "stuff." The girls were taught a bit about the C2C mission so that they would understand how their efforts contributed, and then kept busy with meaningful work. They had a great time AND felt like the really did something to benefit others. I also think the program targeted at high school kids over the summer is an excellent idea, teaching kids to care for others and learn to give back, as well as the benefits of volunteering.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cradles to Crayons is wonderful and very well run organization. My company chose to volunteer our time with them in December 2010 and it was a great experience. The staff was friendly and helpful, and my colleagues enjoyed being able to see the process from start to finish. We organized toys, sorted through clothing and created packages for kids in need. It was on overall amazing experience and we are looking forward to volunteering with them again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a well run and organized group. The Brownie Girl Scout Troop that I lead was able to assist in creating craft kits for kids in need. They felt that they really contributed and it was fun for them to do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has a fantastic mission and those that I have worked with have provided me with a great experience. From sorting donations, to folding clothes, cleaning toys and decorating birthday cards--there is so much effort and care that goes into creating a single pack for a single child. I think the personal touches that help develop each pack make C2C an unrivaled nonprofit to be a part of. The employees are great with feedback, very accessible, and an organized group of individuals. This organization is great for volunteers of all ages.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great management of volunteer help. They have the process down to a science. They are flexible with many available times to help and can get you up to speed and contributing faster than most organizations I have worked with. Very friendly staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am also a worker at a non profit and Cradle to Crayons has made it easier for our company to provide clothes, books for our clients. The clothes, toys, and books are always in great condition and they even provide a beutifully wrapped birthday gift for a child turning a year the month of the donation. Cradles has never missed in getting the brightest smiles from my clients and their children.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an employee of a non profit social service agency we utilize C2C to provide a variety of items for our consumers. The items in each bag range from clothing to educational toys. C2C provides everyday necessities for low income families that other wise could not afford them. Many of the staff at our agency has also volunteered at the Conshohocken facility and the experience was so amazing that we plan to go back.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Recently, a group of my co-workers volunteered our time at the Conshohocken location. I was very impressed with the set-up. They had us working various stations throughout the day so that we could appreciate the whole process. A lot of times when I make donations (other than monetary), I wonder if my donations are being put to good use. With this organization, I know they are and it has a direct impact to the immediate area. As a result of my experience that day, I will always consider them on the top of my list when donating my children's things.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Cradles to Crayons has helped many foster children in our organization. Many times children come into care with very little and Cradles to Crayons provides them clothing, shoes, books, toys and arts and crafts. For our babies they have provided diapers, wipes, shampoo and other baby items. They have also provided birthday gifts for the children. We appreciate the many kindnesses they have shown to our children.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

My agency is a distribution partner for Cradles To Crayons. I work in a transitional housing program, and use this fabulous service frequently as I help families settle into their new homes. They frequently come with little to nothing, and this is a great benefit to them. The fact that each order comes packed for each child is wonderful; it provides a more individualized experience for people who have often become nameless or faceless in the "system". As I delivered an order to a family with 3 chlldren and they excitedly opened their packages, one of them exclaimed, "It's like Christmas!".

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our firm held our Community Service Day at the West Conshochocken location and the entire experience was a huge hit! The staff made coordinating the day with our large group a breeze. The facility was very impressive and the work that C2C does for the community is simply amazing and inspiring. Everyone that volunteered that day had a wonderful time and we left at the end of the day thankful for the opportunity to join in the good work that C2C does on a daily basis. We hope to have our annual community service day with this organization because it was such a wonderful experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My company ran a volunteering drive and one of the places that we could choose was Cradles to Crayons. I had a great experience helping out and the people who work at C2C were very passionate about what they do. What a great organization!

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Niquelle A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people at Cradles to Crayons are super helpful with arranging a time to volunteer and they are just really great people to be around. The organization is also a wonderful thing, because all children deserve clothes, books, and toys.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our company has been involved in many volunteering projects but this one was very rewarding to me on a personal level. Cradles to Crayons is doing such a great job connecting with the community and providing for the needs of children in a very direct, first person way. I felt rewarded in knowing the efforts, our team of volunteers put in, will be directly benifiting the children in our local communities. I will be volunteering again in the future. Children are our future and Cradles to Crayons is making their future better!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Our agency held a day of service where we (80 of us) volunteered with Cradles to Crayons. The experience was rewarding and a wonderful team building exercise. It was wonderful to know that the donated items we provided and our time was for such a wonderful cause.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The church I attend holds a Yard Sale for Kids' Stuff twice a year. During the sale we encourage people to buy items and donate them at our C2C Collection Station. In order to prepare to educate the congregation about C2C, I took our videographer to the warehouse. We got an in-depth look at the whole process, from inspecting and sorting donations to the preparation of bags of goods to go out the door. We were impressed. So was our congregation. We received a truckload of donations and are convinced that every item wound up in the hands of someone who needed that item.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization that helps the children of the area; very flexible with accepting volunteers and trying to match volunteers' times with the times they have available. Very friendly staff who care about what they're doing.

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Chrissy L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been to Cradles to Crayons to volunteer with my nieces girl scouts troop, my sister, mom and aunts, my kids and on my own. It is a place for people of all ages and backgrounds to give back to those who might be less fortunate in the community. I could not think of a better place to donate my time and items to.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife invited me to join her in helping to fill orders prior to Christmas. Little did I know that this experience would create a unique and fullfilling experience. Participating in Cradles to Crayons taught me about the needs that existed in my backyard, the generosity of people and the team work that went into serving the needs of our community. I intend to continue to help in the future.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Cradles to Crayons Inc. is a fantastic organization and great resource for serving needy families. I have volunteered with Cradles to Crayons Inc., and I have accessed its service with two non-profits that I work with, Carson Valley Children's Aid and X-Offenders for Community Empowerment. With X-Offendes for Community Empowerment, I was able to provide school bags and supplies for youth entering school in the fall, and toys for youth around Christmas time. With Carson Valley Children's Aid, I was able to provide winter coats to school age youth we serve in our Truancy and After School programs. Cradles to Crayons Inc. is a valuable resource to youth serving agencies in the city of Philadelphia.

Steven P. Blackburn

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I donated all of my baby items to Cradles to Crayons. They were wonderful to deal with and I'm so happy to be able to help those in my community. It's a wonderful treasure to pass on perfectly good items to those in need, instead of sending them to the landfill. Just think of all of the kids being helped every year!

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Donor

Rating: 5

When I first learned about Cradles to Crayons through a friend, I immediately liked the idea of sharing items instead of paying for them. On my first trip to the drop off site, I was invited in for a tour of the facility in Conshohocken. It was well organized and very clean, They have a very thoughtful approach to providing age appropriate toys, school supplies, books and clothing to children in need. From donor to recipient, the guide showed me the process of how contributions directly help children. I now collect items from my neighbors and make monthly trips to Cradles to Crayons. They do an excellent job!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege to organize a volunteer day for work. We were able to collect items that were in high demand and also were able to get local business to donate gift cards to purchase items that needed to be new( bottles, underwear etc) Thanks to Target, Walmart and the donations from our group we were able to supply many children with things that they need the most. This organization is amazing. They provide so many needy children with the essentials that they otherwise might not have. I don't think people realize how many children are in need, and C2C is an organization that makes it easy, and fun to help these children. I am looking forward to organizing our even at C2C again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel that C2C mission & how the staff/volunteers goes about fullify that mission is amazing. The care that is given to every donated item, to make sure the item is safe, clean & age appropriate is extrodinary. The child receives good quality clothing, toys with all their parts, books & school supplies to expand their minds. C2C looks to help children in many facets of their lives. I have volunteered at a variety of different organizations but I found my time at C2C to be most rewarding & productive. Thank you for the opportunity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

At my company in Blue Bell, we are fortunate to be able spend a day each month volunteering in our area. That is how I was introduced to C2C. From the moment we arrived to the time we left, I was truly amazed by the magnitude, compassion and efficency of this organization.
This was one of the most rewarding days spent in a long time. Helping children, especially durning the harsh winter months, was so rewarding.
A very big thank you to all the C2C volunteers and donors!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past several years, I've been privileged to have the opportunity to joing fellow co-workers volunteering out time at C2C in Philadelphia. It's an opportunity for co-workers to join with their families not only volunteering our time but teaching our children the importance of helping others. I always walk away feeling like I helped someone and made their day a little better!

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