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Cradles to Crayons

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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

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for a grade school in West Philadelphia, where 75% of the students are living below the federal poverty level. We met with Cradles to Crayons and the amazing and supportive staff provided us with information and resources to assist our families in need. From top to bottom, the staff is kind, compassionate and courteous. The process is extremely efficient. We enter the needs of the students on the C2C web site and our needs are quickly met. The systematic way that C2C works makes picking up the orders a breeze. The students at the school will also be able to give back by volunteering their time at Cradles to Crayons. Thank you Cradles to Crayons for supporting our students and boosting the self esteem.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The joy I seen on my children faces was priceless.Cradles to Crayons made me fill sooo happy that i was able to give sumthing to my children for Christmas.I am so happy that there are people out there who took the time to donate to my children and and smiles on their faces. Thank you so much Cradle to Crayons for everything and hopefully one day I can put a smile on some one children faces.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I represent a non-profit agency that has benefited from the items that are donated to Cradles to Crayons. This past winter we were hit with a number of snow and ice storms that left the city feeling cold and tired. We were able to pick up a donation of children's coats and jackets to distribute to our young clients during this time and it made a tremendous diffence in their lives. The smiles on the faces of these children were priceless. Thank you forimproving the lives of these children and for helping to keep them warm during these cold winter months.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5



Cradles2Crayons does a wonderful job with supplying our consumers with the most appropriate age based toys and clothing. The items are always within a good quality and quantity. I appreciate the fast turnover in receiving the completed packages.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a social worker for an early intervention program in the Philadelphia suburbs. I have put in several orders for needy families for clothes, baby equipment, toys and care needs for children. They are always helpful, prompt and very nice to work with. This is a program that I appreciate so much that I bring items to donate and plan to volunteer with my children one day. My husband works for a company that volunteers 1 time a year at Cradles to Crayons and they report it is a great place to volunteer at. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers at Cradles to Crayons.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

my place of employment benefits from the services that C2C offers. C2C give to our clients small tokens that are greatly appreciated and valued. i thank C2C for all that they do.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are also a non profit organization who serves a large community and those who reside in it have encountered many circumstances that have effected them financially economically and emotionally. Cradles to Crayons has done more then provided us with season appropriate clothing, children s shoes, great books, educational games, items for newborns to toddlers and coats for the winter but they have aided us in being able to give all of this in exceptional condition. With the help of this organization we are able to relieve the stress and worry by supplying the needy with necessities with no strings attached. With our position in our community, our hearts to help and the proper resources, we can ultimately reverse the harsh effects of the economic struggles and begin to restore.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

As a Preschool Education Center in Norristown, Pa, we serve mostly low income families. Cradles to Crayons Inc. has allowed us to help some of these families with essentials such as clothing, back packs and car seats. It is a priviledge to act as one of their distributors in the Norristown Area.

Review from Guidestar