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 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.

Ready for Learning

Whether schooling takes place in the classroom among peers, in scheduled virtual lessons, or somewhere in between, kids will always need supplies to feel empowered and ready to learn.

Our Ready for Learning initiative ensures that thousands of children will have everything they need to feel ready to learn by distributing critical items – like backpacks and school supplies – through our network of Service Partners.

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Emergency Essentials Fund

Our community partners are turning to Cradles to Crayons with urgent needs for new diapers, school and art supplies, hygiene items, and other essentials. In response to COVID-19 relief, we established the Emergency Essentials Fund to provide these items to the children who need them to survive this crisis—while also knowing that vulnerable families are going to need our services more than ever in the coming months.

The Emergency Essentials Fund allows us to leverage our logistics expertise and bulk purchasing power and serve thousands of families in need. Please make a gift today to help us ensure that the children we serve are safe and healthy.

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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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Our Supporters