1 in 2 Children in Chicago is at Risk of Experiencing Clothing Insecurity
Cradles to Crayons currently meets a critical need in three regions that have significant percentages of children living below the poverty line: Boston 33%, Philadelphia 37%, and Chicago 33%. Poverty is defined as a family of four living off $24,250 or less for the year. But statistics don’t get to the heart of what we do. We help kids who don’t have access to basic resources; kids without shoes that fit, a coat warm enough to fend off winter winds, or a backpack to carry their books to and from school.
Including Cradles to Crayons in the celebration of your milestone event is a great way to share the importance of giving back. Use our Giving Recipes below to inspire your next milestone event.
Hygiene Kit Collection
Engage your neighbors, friends or community by asking them to donate new hygiene packs to help keep babies and children in your community safe and healthy.
Garage Ambassador Program
A new program for community members founded during the COVID-19 pandemic. Open your garage to collect essential items from neighbors to donate!
Winter Pack Tags
Shop brand new for an individual child’s boots, hats, coats, and warm clothing—all of the items in just their size that they will need to stay safe and warm this winter season!
Well Wish Note Project
Write supportive and enthusiastic messages and decorate with fun drawings, stickers or pictures to send words of encouragement and bring joy to kids this school year.
Quality = Dignity Drive
Invite your friends, family, schoolmates, and community to collect or purchase children’s items to help outfit local kids for success with new and like-new clothing.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Confirmation
Volunteer at The Giving Factory, organize a clothing drive, raise money or use one of our other ingredients to make an immediate difference in your community.
School Supplies Collection
Get a current school supply inventory list from Cradles to Crayons, engage your community and help kids succeed in the classroom on the first day of school and throughout the year!
Share, Spend, Save.
Learn how to manage and share your money – for now and for the future by ‘sharing’ your allowance or other money with Cradles to Crayons or other nonprofits!
Be a Birthday Star
Invite family and friends to your party and ask them to bring donations of specific children’s items (or money). Share your birthday with another child and celebrate together!
Ready? We’re Here to Help.
Ready to launch your campaign? Our recipe book provides everything you need to get started. Let us know about your drive beforehand so we can help or start your fundraising campaign through Click and Pledge, our preferred crowdfunding solution.