Our Signature Events


Our signature Gear Up for Winter event, Un-Gala®, brings families together to have fun and give back. Each winter, volunteers  of all ages  gather to sort and pack everyday essentials  like hats, gloves, scarves, and more  that bring warmth to thousands of Massachusetts children in need.

Learn more about Un-Gala® >


Un-like their peers, kids from low-income or homeless families lack basic school supplies that provide them with a real chance to learn and succeed. Ready for School’s signature event, Backpack-A-Thon® brings together more than 1,100 volunteers, primarily corporate, to stuff thousands of backpacks and to enable kids to arrive at school ready and excited to learn. Backpack-A-Thon® is a high-energy corporate event fueled by great spirit and friendly competition.

Learn more about Backpack-A-Thon® >

2019 Boston Marathon

From Hopkinton through Boston, the marathon race path goes through many communities Cradles to Crayons serves. The race represents an opportunity for Cradles to Crayons to form a team of runners who support our mission, who care about the kids in the communities they are running through, and who want to raise funds to support kids receiving the essential items they need to thrive.

Learn more about our Marathon Team >

Event Calendar

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Cambridge Donation Drive @ Office of Mayor Marc C. McGovern, Cambridge City Hall, 2nd Floor
Oct 1 – Oct 18 all-day
Clean out your closets and give back to Cambridge! This October 1- 18, Mayor Marc C. McGovern is partnering with Cradles to Crayons to host a city-wide donation drive. Last year, Cradles to Crayons, an organization that provides essential items to children living in low-income or homeless situations, served more than 2,000 Cambridge children. Help provide the basics kids need to thrive by donating new or gently used clothing (up to an adult medium), shoes, and books at one of the following drop-off points:


  • The Mayor’s Office (2nd Floor of City Hall)
  • Department of Human Service Programs, 51 Inman Street
  • Fire Department, 491 Broadway
  • Police Department, 125 6th Street
  • Cambridge Public Library, Main Branch
  • Cambridge Public Library, O’Neil Branch
  • Cambridge Public Library, O’Connell Branch
  • Cambridge Public Library, Central Square Branch
  • Gately Youth Center, 70R Rindge Avenue


Please contact Katy at with questions, or to get involved!