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!
You can help by donating your new and like-new children’s items.
We accept a wide range of donations for children of all ages, from newborn to age 12. We create and distribute packages that are hand-selected and filled with a seasonal coat, clothing for a week, shoes, books, developmental toys, and new school supplies.
How you can help:
Clean out your closet and donate new or like-new children's items.
Host a drive at your home, school, workplace, place of worship, or in your community.
Share your birthday or other special occasion with us by asking guests to donate items or funds, in lieu of gifts for your own use.
For more information about what we need and what we can accept, please review our donation quality standards. We strive to make donating easy and convenient for you by offering a variety of drop-off locations throughout the state.