Our Signature Events


Learn more about this year’s Un-Gala and how we are helping local children prepare for the cold winter months here.

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, and more  that bring warmth to thousands of Massachusetts children in need.

2024 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 >


Learn more about our Ready for Learning Initiative and how we are helping prepare local children for the upcoming school year here.

Unlike 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 Learning’s signature event, Backpack-A-Thon® brings together nearly 1,000 volunteers, primarily corporate groups, to stuff thousands of backpacks for kids to feel prepared for a year of learning. Backpack-A-Thon® is a high-energy corporate event fueled by great spirit and friendly competition.

Event Calendar