Giving Recipes

Your Story is Their Story

Cradles to Crayons began with the vision of one individual who was determined to make a difference in the world. Today, the Cradles to Crayons community has grown to include thousands of young people and adults — working together to make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of children each year.

One in Three People in the United States Living in Poverty is a Child

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.

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.

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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!

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Pajama Party Project

Get creative and get other students leaders to help you get the word out. Encourage your community to donate money along with new PJ’s. Give back in your pajamas!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Gear Up for Winter Collection

Set up a community drop-off location at your home, community center, school, or other location to help protect kids from the dangers of winter conditions.

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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.