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Give the gift of warmth this Giving Season by shipping clothes directly to a child

The Need

1 in 3 children in the Commonwealth is currently experiencing Clothing Insecurity.

Clothing insecure children face a particular set of challenges during the winter months. Families are frequently forced to choose between essentials for their children, and groceries, rent, and heat. In our current COVID-19 environment, an alarming, growing number of families will struggle to secure these basics for their children this winter.

What it is

Give Back with an Outfit Pack (GBWOP) is an annual initiative that allows donors to shop for (or donate) a week’s worth of clothing for a child. This year, we are partnering with our Giving Factory Direct program which will match you directly with a child in need. What makes this program so easy? Cradles to Crayons is paying for your shipping!

Follow these 3 steps to get involved:

1. Sign up

First, head over to our Giving Factory Direct webpage and create an account. Select the clothing you’d like to donate, and register using Group Code GBWOP21.

Sign up at GivingFactoryDirect.org!

2. Complete your pack

Take to your closet or visit your favorite store to find the items on your list. You have seven days to ship out your Outfit Pack items after being matched. See below for the types of clothing items that will be requested.

Items requested:

Sizes 0-24 months

  • 2-4 tops or onesies
  • 2-4 bottoms
  • 1 pajamas (new only)
  • 1 sweaters/sweatshirts
  • 1 coat (optional)
  • 1 dresses/skirts (optional for girls)

Sizes 2T-18/20

  • 2-4 tops
  • 2 bottoms
  • 1 sweaters/sweatshirts
  • 1 coat (optional)
  • 1 dresses/skirts (optional for girls)
Smiling girl in winter hat and sweater

3. Ship it

Finally, box up your items and print your pre-paid shipping label from home. Drop off at your local UPS store or access point, and you’re done!

REMINDER: you have seven days to ship out your Outfit Pack items after being matched.

Options for participation

Don’t know how to get started? Below are some suggestions, whether you are an individual or as part of a group.

Community Group

Set up a Giving Tree in a common space so your community members can participate together. Reach out to our Community Engagement team to get customized tags for your community group so you can participate today. 

Corporate Group

Come together as a team to commit to completing a Pack or two. Have each person be responsible for acquiring one or two items on the list. Do you have a larger group and would like to be matched with multiple children? Reach out to our Community Engagement team so we can get you a special registration code for your group!

Individual or Family

GBWOP is a great family bonding activity. Have the kids head to their closets or head out (or online) to their favorite stores to find the items for the child they’re matched with.