Support local kids in need with a backpack!

The Wescott Elementary Helping Hands Committee will once again be partnering with our local Cradles to Crayons organization in their “Ready For School” initiative. 

 The Ready for School initiative runs from June through September and provides thousands of children with vital back-to-school items. Items include a backpack full of school supplies, properly-fitting clothing, books, shoes, and other critical items. The goal this year is to pack and distribute at least 25,000 backpacks, as well as 4,000 Uniform Packs and thousands of KidPacks including everyday shoes, books, clothing, and other basic essentials.  

 For the cost of just $10, you can provide a backpack filled with all the school supplies necessary for a child in need. Sponsor one child or sponsor ten, the sky’s the limit. For every backpack sponsored, The Up Foundation will match your donation, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000 or $2,500 backpacks. The Up Foundation is a local family run Foundation with the mission to help children in need. You can visit them at 

 Join us in our effort to help a child start their school year off right and to give a hand to the less fortunate.

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the everyday essentials they need to thrive – at home, at school, and at play. We supply these items free of charge by connecting and engaging communities that have with communities that need.


Our Accountability

For 9 years and counting, Cradles to Crayons has earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars, certifying our commitment to accountability, transparency and responsible fiscal management. Your gift to Cradles to Crayons, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Additionally, please see our Privacy Policy and Donor Privacy Policy for more information.

Donations by Mail

If you would like to donate by mail, please send your check to:

Cradles to Crayons
Attn: The Up Foundation Fundraiser
4141 W George Street
Chicago, IL 60641

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the donation form or the donation process, please contact us at (312) 767-1008 or email

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