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

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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

Review from Guidestar