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.
2020 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.
PLEASE NOTE THAT BACKPACK-A-THON WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN 2020 DUE TO COVID-19.
Learn more about our Ready for Learning Initiative and how we are helping prepare local children for the 2020 – 2021 school year here.
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.