268,185 children under the age of 12 in Massachusetts live in low-income or homeless situations. Let’s help them.

At Cradles to Crayons, our entire organization is driven by a focused and all-important goal: to make life better for children in need. To make this happen, it takes a wide variety of individuals and groups coming together to make a difference in their local communities.  

 
Find A Local Drop Off
 

You can help us provide everyday essentials for children and families who face the challenge of Clothing Insecurity.
Learn more about how you can help, and shop our Amazon Wishlist to learn about our most needed items.

Please check out our Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Highlights Report, to see what strides we made last year,
thanks to your continued support.

13th Annual Ready for School
Backpack-A-Thon
!

Unlike their peers, kids from low-income or homeless families may lack age-appropriate school supplies. Ready for School’s signature event, Backpack-A-Thon® brings more than 800 corporate volunteers together to stuff thousands of backpacks — to get these kids ready and excited to learn. Backpack-A-Thon is a high-energy corporate event fueled by great spirit and friendly competition.

Learn more about how your company can join our effort!

 

Families Helping Families

Once you experience the joy of giving back and see the benefits of your philanthropy first-hand, you will want to share those feelings and values with your children. Cradles to Crayons provides multiple opportunities for you and your family to make a difference in the community. Learn about our Family Leadership Circle >

Take Action

 

Volunteer

We work with families, individuals, community groups, and companies to serve over 145,000 children every year in Massachusetts. We depend on volunteers to make this important work possible.

Make a Difference

Our Stories

Learn from our service partners, volunteers, and families about the difference we make in the daily lives of the children we serve.

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Fund the Cause

We count on you so the children and families in need can count on us, your financial support is essential.

Fund the Cause

Ways to Give

The Difference We're Making

 

Service Partners

Our whole focus is to make our collaborative process as easy and streamlined as possible. This helps us to empower the children you serve at home, at school, and at play by providing the everyday essentials that match their individual needs.

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Our Supporters