Update on COVID-19: At this time, we are collecting donations at The Giving Factory only. Learn more here. Please make sure to read our new COVID-19 donation guidelines. We need volunteers! There are ways you can volunteer both in-person and from your home.

We’re partnering with NBC this winter to “Bundle Up New England”! Learn about how you can help here.

We relocated! Our new address is 281 Newtonville Avenue, Newton, MA 02460.



277,000 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.


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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.

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

Give Back with an Outfit Pack

Give Back with an Outfit Pack has gone virtual!

This Giving Season, support a child by completing either an Outfit Pack, or a Pajamas, Socks and Underwear Pack. Register for a shopping list online, fill the pack, then either ship or drop off the completed pack at our Giving Factory. Give a child the gift of warmth by registering for a shopping list today!

Click here to learn more!

Gear Up for Winter

For families in need, a Massachusetts winter can be debilitating. Our Gear Up for Winter program supplies warm winter gear to children whose families struggle just to stay warm. By providing items like coats, hats, gloves, and warm clothing, we can help prepare children for the winter before it becomes an emergency.

Our signature volunteer event that supports Gear Up for Winter is the annual Un-Gala®—taking place this year with a virtual twist! Learn more about this year’s Un-Gala @ Home event and how you can help.

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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.

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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.

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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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Emergency Essentials Fund

In response to COVID-19 relief, we established the Emergency Essentials Fund to provide critically-needed items to the children who need them to survive this crisis.

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Our Supporters