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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

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

My company donated 60 Outfit Packs to Cradles to Crayons.

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 4

It was great to find a happy home for some of our baby things that were no longer being used.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I live outside of Philadelphia and wanted to donate some items that my children were no longer using. I have donated to other organizations but have just never been clear how my donations have been used. With Cradles to Crayons there has Nefertiti been a question in my mind wheee my donation is going. Everyone at the donation center was well informed, enthusiastic to be there, and helpful. I know that everything I donate is needed and appreciated.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I was so lucky to have found C2C! I know that my donations are going to help children in need and my own children have been able to feel a great sense of pride in knowing they have helped someone else.

Review from Guidestar