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Cradles to Crayons and Jordan’s Furniture help local children get ready to learn from head to toe!

June 7, 2021, BOSTON, MA—Starting today and running through August 22, all Jordan’s Furniture store locations will collect donations of new and gently used clothing (sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets and coats) for children from birth to twelve years old in support of Cradles to Crayons®’ Ready for Learning program. This marks the 15th year of Cradles to Crayons’ school preparedness program, which provides low-income and homeless children in Massachusetts with the essential back-to-school supplies and clothing needed to start the year prepared and excited to learn. The Cradles to Crayons/Jordan’s Furniture partnership, now in its ninth year, has supported more than 19,000 children to date and expects to pass the 20,000 mark this year.

“We are so proud to continue our partnership with Cradles to Crayons and to support their Ready for Learning program,” said Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s President. “This past year has been so difficult for many, many area families, so we are happy to help ease their burden for this upcoming school year, no matter where the classrooms are located,”. Tatelman continues, “I remember my first days of school and all of the memories of each one. It is so important for every child to feel worthy. By working with the team at Cradles to Crayons, we hope to do our part in helping area children get ready for school and be prepared to learn. Through the generosity of our wonderful customers, we know that our donation drives have made an impact during the last eight years. We hope for the same success this year.”

Cradles to Crayons was founded in 2002 with the mission of providing children from birth to age twelve with the clothes, school supplies, shoes, and other essentials they need to thrive. The organization provides these items free of charge by working through a network of over 140 Service Partners including hospitals, schools, shelters, and community centers. Cradles to Crayons is a trusted resource to families struggling with Clothing Insecurity, to the partners who serve those families, and to families, corporations, and individuals looking for ways to make tangible differences in their own communities. Ready for Learning will serve 65,000 children this year between June 1 and September 30.

“We sincerely thank Jordan’s Furniture for their sustained support. They continue to be an invaluable supporter of our Ready for Learning initiative and help to ensure that thousands of local children begin a new school year with the supplies and clothing they need to succeed and feel confident,” said Aubrey Conquergood, Executive Director at Cradles to Crayons Boston. “We are working to assist families in Massachusetts recovering from the current health crisis, and the efforts by Jordan’s Furniture will go a long way in helping children in need as we look ahead to the fall.

The two-month donation drive— through August 22—takes place at all store locations in Avon, MA; Reading, MA; Natick, MA; Nashua, NH; New Haven, CT; Warwick, RI; Portland, ME, along with the Jordan’s Distribution Center in East Taunton, MA and strives to provide every child with essentials of the highest quality. Cradles to Crayons is most in need of the following clothing donations: sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, and coats. Items should be like-new or new, with no rips, stains, or tears in Youth sizes 0 to 18/20 and Adult sizes Small and Medium.

For more information, visit www.jordans.com or www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston.

About Jordan’s Furniture

Jordan’s Furniture, the premiere furniture and mattress retailer in New England, has one of highest grossing sales per square foot records in The United States. With indoor features like Beantown (city made of jellybeans), Sunbrella IMAX 3D Theaters, a 4-level ropes course (largest indoor ropes course in the world), indoor water shows, an iconic holiday village display, and full-service restaurants, Jordan’s Furniture is the leader in combining entertainment with shopping. Store locations are destinations, with the average time spent on-site over double the industry average. Customer Service at Jordan’s is paramount. Jordan’s 1200 employees, the “J-Team”, excel at providing an unparalleled shopping experience. Established over 100 years ago and starting as a family business, Jordan’s Furniture is a community leader in their markets and believes in giving back to the community through charitable partnerships. They currently have seven store locations including Avon MA, Natick MA, Reading MA, Nashua NH, Warwick, RI, New Haven CT and South Portland ME, along with a Distribution Center Taunton, MA.

About Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons launched in 2002 and has operations in Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The nonprofit provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with essential items that they need to thrive – at home, at school, and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities. Cradles To Crayons collects new and high-quality used children’s good and engages thousands of youth and adults in volunteer activities each year on behalf of local children in need. For more information, please visit www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/.

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