Gear Up for Winter

Support Gear Up for Winter and help 32,500 kids stay safe this season. Click here for ways to get involved.

10th Aniversary Gear Up for Winter Un-Gala

Join us on December 5 for a day of service to help local children in need fight the cold.

Parking Alert

Limited on-street parking may be accessed on and adjacent to 155 North Beacon Street. We encourage you to take public transportation or carpool. If you are dropping off or picking up donations, you can access our loading dock from Life Street.


Our vision is that one day every child will have the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn and valued.

Note: From October 1 to December 31, Cradles to Crayons focuses on the essential items needed to keep kids safe and warm. During this time we do not accept or distribute gently-used toys. New toys can be donated as part of our year-round birthday gifts program. Gently-used toys can be donated to Big Brother Big Sister Foundation at these drop-off locations, including Allston, which is down the street from Cradles to Crayons in the Stop N' Shop parking lot. Thank you for supporting local children in need!

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.

Check out our newest piece about the impact of supplying children backpacks full of supplies!