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Support Cradles to Crayons’ Resilience Fund to help us acquire, process, and distribute children’s essentials such as new diapers, baby wipes, and hygiene products to our hardest-hit families.


For CDC-advised COVID-19 protocols in our Giving Factories, please visit our Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia pages.

Update on COVID-19

Keeping our staff, partners, and volunteers safe and minimizing the spread of COVID-19 virus is our top priority at this time. Learn more about the precautionary measures we are implementing.

Choose Cradles to Crayons!

When shopping Amazon Smile, be sure to choose Cradles to Crayons as your supporting charity. A percentage of your purchase will help a child in need.

Helping Kids Prepare…Every Day

We provide the essential items children need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. 
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Providing the Essentials Kids Need

Cradles to Crayons volunteers prepare customized packages of clothing, shoes, books, and more for distribution throughout the year to tens of thousands of kids in the communities we serve. We do it in a way that is highly efficient and accountable. That’s why Charity Navigator has recognized us as a Four-Star Charity for 10 years and counting.


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Let's Build an #ArmyofEmpathy

After 15 years and 300,000+ volunteers at Cradles to Crayons, our Founder and CEO Lynn Margherio, realized that the key to a better future is giving everyone an easy opportunity to serve. Hear more about Lynn’s journey to building an #ArmyofEmpathy in her TEDxBeaconStreet talk!

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Cradles to Crayons works to mitigate Clothing Insecurity in Chicagoland, Massachusetts, and Greater Philadelphia.
Find A Local Drop Off

You can help us provide everyday essentials to local children in need. Learn more about how you can help.

Please check out our Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Highlights Report, to see what strides we made last year, thanks to your continued support.

Donate Goods

Check your closets and drawers at home for new and like-new clothing, shoes, books, and toys that have been outgrown or replaced. Donate them to us and you can be sure they’ll be given to local children in need to support their health and development!

Host a Drive


We work with nearly 75,000 families, individuals, community groups, and corporate volunteers in our Giving Factories® and at community-based events to serve more than 250,000 children every year. Your time is a valuable asset that we invite you to invest in us.

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Fund the Cause

Financial support from individuals, families, and companies sustains our work year round. Just  $33 serves one child head to toe.

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Ways to Give

Giving Factory Direct

Straight from your home to a child in need—our innovative new platform makes it easy to pack and ship the clothing you have to donate directly to a child with those needs! Sign up to expand our reach to even more kids across the United States.

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We fill a critical yet overlooked need.

Families struggling to pay for rent and groceries often cannot afford anything else. Basic items for their children-an extra outfit for school, a backpack, shoes, pajamas, a coat for cold weather–are simply not possible. By making our collaborative process as easy and streamlined as possible, Cradles to Crayons enables our volunteers and donors to turn compassion into action and provide the essential items that children in struggling families need to thrive at school, to participate more fully in life, to just be a kid.

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We’re Making a Tangible Difference


We’re Making a Difference in Children’s Lives.

Cradles to Crayons was founded on the philosophy of sharing and recycling quality children’s items for newborns through age 12. We invite you to look in closets, drawers and shelves at home for new and like-new clothing, shoes, books and toys that have been outgrown or replaced by a new favorite. By donating them to us, you can help to change the lives of daily lives of local children in need. Read more about our impact >

In The News

We host special events and activities throughout the year in our Giving Factories and in local communities to enable community groups, families, and businesses to support our mission and help neighbors in need.

Our Service Partners

Our network of social service partners is a crucial link to the families and children we serve. We are committed to making our collaborative process as easy and streamlined as possible.

Our Featured Partners