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Review for Cradles to Crayons, Newton, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Recognizing the need of others less fortunate than myself, and learning how I can help to make a difference in someone's life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage volunteers at Cradles to Crayons to spread their experience to friend and family, further promoting the good work they do.

Role:  Volunteer & I helped pack bags of items to be used by needy families, and clean shoes and toys for children at Cradles to Crayons. I helped collect school supplies over this past summer for Cradles to Crayons' "Get Ready for School" campaign. .