Ready for School lays the foundation for school success by supplying children with the basics they need to succeed in the classroom.
Participate in Ready for School by volunteering, donating funds & supplies, or bringing your corporate group to Backpack-A-Thon to stuff 22,000 backpacks for kids in need.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Gear Up for Baby recognizes the specialized needs of the youngest children we serve – those aged 0 to 24 months. Help us help babies in need across the region by donating funds, time, and baby product.
Visit our Virtual Baby Shower to find out how you can help!
Most Needed Items are immediate needs of children's essential items in our warehouse. The most prevalent out-of-stock items are new underwear & socks, pants, winter coats, and books.
Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essentials 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.
How We Work
Cradles to Crayons collects new and gently used children’s items through grassroots community giving, corporate drives, and donations.
More than 1,700 volunteers - individuals, families, community and corporate groups - come to Cradles to Crayons every month to sort, inspect, and prepare customized packs of everyday essentials.
KidPacks - each containing a week’s worth of everyday essentials - are distributed by more than 275 human service agencies to low-income and homeless children living in the Philadelphia region. 91% of our network of hundreds of social service partner agencies report that Cradles to Crayons saves time and helps them to be more effective in serving clients.
Interested in learning more? Cradles to Crayons 2014 Fact Sheet