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.
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.
#GivingTuesday "Gear up for Winter" Drive at the Kimmel Center Dec. 3-10
Courtesy of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts:
Join us in the spirit of giving! Kicking off on Tuesday, December 3 - #GivingTuesday -- the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts' campus is hosting a "winter gear" drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons is an organization that provides children from birth to age 12, living in low-income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive. Cradles to Crayons has a shortage of warm winter gear, so our collection drive is needed and well-timed. The Kimmel Center is the only organization participating with Cradles to Crayons for #GivingTuesday and we are proud to work collaboratively to benefit our community in a new and dynamic way.
This project is in partnership with: The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Opera Philadelphia, The Philly Pops, Pennsylvania Ballet, PHILADANCO, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
"Cradles to Crayons is proud to partner with the Kimmel Center and its community of artists in their "Giving Tuesday" campaign that celebrates and encourages support of local charitable and nonprofit cultural organizations. At this time of year, the offer to conduct a collection of needed clothing items - warm coats, boots, gloves, hats and scarves - is sweet music to the ears of the more than 300,000 of the region's disadvantaged young children that we and our social service agency partners serve." -- Michal Smith, Executive Director of Cradles to Crayons
Find out more about the Kimmel Center here.
Where to donate:
- Marked bins will be located in Commonwealth Plaza and accessible 10am -- 6pm, daily and later on performance evenings. (300 S. Broad St., Phila., PA 19102)
- Marked bins will be located in the Merriam Theater (250 S. Broad St., Phila., PA 19102) and Academy of Music (S. Broad & Locust Sts., Phila., PA 19102) when the buildings are open for performances.
- Winter coats, sizes newborn - 14/16 (youth)
- Hats, gloves, scarves
About #GivingTuesday: #GivingTuesday™ (#GT) is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The second annual #GivingTuesday is on December 3, 2013. In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday, we want the giving community to come together for #GivingTuesday.