2015 Gear Up for Baby: In Aurora's Memory

Cradles to Crayons has a special focus on providing babies and toddlers with the essential items they need to thrive throughout the months of May and June, but the need for these items and the program doesn't stop there. With more than 17,500 orders for supplies for babies in need this year, your support is critical throughout the year.


Gear Up for Baby Program

Presented by BNY Mellon, Gear Up for Baby is a year-round program focused on providing the essential items infants and toddlers need to thrive. We highlight this program with opportunities to give back during May and June—focusing companies, individuals, and families on the critical need for baby and toddler support. Cradles to Crayons presents this year’s program in memory of Aurora Gray Filyurin—an infant who passed away in June 2014. Her parents, Amelia Gray and Yan Filyurin, have come forward to celebrate her life and honor her memory by helping local children in need. Lindsay Buchholz, wife of Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, joins this year’s program as Honorary Chairperson.

This year Cradles to Crayons will receive more than 17,500 requests to help Massachusetts children from birth to age 3. Throughout the year, Cradles to Crayons is able to fulfill 100% of orders for clothing and other essential items, but Baby Gear and Nursery Items present a special challenge due to  safety requirements, limitations on previous use, and high price point. Items like car seats, Pack N’ Plays, baby gates, and strollers are not just critical to a baby’s well-being, they are imperative for daily safety. During May and June, the Gear Up for Baby program aims to raise money and collect product donations to increase our inventory of these items. We need your support to make that happen!


  • Host a special “C2C Baby Shower”! Invite friends, family, or coworkers to come together and collect donations of new and critically needed baby items. After-work drinks, a gathering at your home, or “Mom’s/Parents’ Night Out” with friends are fun opportunities for your networks to bring baby items to a party! Corporate employees are encouraged to host on-site “C2C Baby Shower” collection drives and encourage colleagues to purchase and donate items. Click here to download the 2015 C2C Baby Shower Toolkit.
  • Support our online Baby Shower! Want to support Gear Up for Baby, but don’t have time to host an event? Help us collect Nursery Items and Baby Gear by shopping online! Share the link and challenge friends, family, and coworkers to help—it’s a fast and easy way to gather critically needed items to support children and families in need. Visit:
  • Donate online! Many essential baby items are not affordable for the families we serve. Your generous gift helps provide gear and equipment so new parents don’t have to choose between rent, food, and the safety of their babies. Visit:

Cradles to Crayons wants to share your support for babies in need! Spread the word and share photos of your “C2C Baby Showers” through email, social media, and word-of-mouth—together we can support our most vulnerable population year-round!


For a printable list of baby items that are most critically needed, please click here.


View photos of 2014 C2C Baby Shower Collections