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Representative Marjorie Decker, Representative Michael Moran, and Cradles to Crayons present a briefing on the issue of Clothing Insecurity

On Thursday, February 28, Cradles to CrayonsFounder and CEO Lynn Margherio was joined by State Representatives, partners and supporters for a briefing at the State House. Co-presented by Representative Marjorie Decker and Representative Michael Moran, the goal of the visit was to educate legislature on the issue of Clothing Insecurity, that being the lack of access to affordable, appropriate, and adequate clothing and other everyday essential items.

Boston-based Cradles to Crayons (C2C) is driven by a focused and all-important goal: to make life better for children in need. More than 268,000 children ages 12 and younger in the Commonwealth are at risk of Clothing Insecurity, and C2C is working to fill this basic need gap by supplying these children with the items needed to grow and thrive. It is the only organization that mitigates Clothing Insecurity on a large scale across Massachusetts, with an annual state-wide distribution of more than 145,000 packages of clothing and essential items while working with a network of 140 social service partners.

Lynn Margherio and Representatives Marjorie Decker and Michael Moran were eager to address the reality of this need in Massachusetts and encourage a call to action for assistance from state legislature.

The briefing kicks off a month-long clothing and diaper collection at the State House. From February 28 to March 28, the internal drive will collect new and gently used clothing (2T – Adult M) and new diapers at the C2C donation bins available.

Photo 1 (L to R): Renee D. Boynton-Jarrett, Boston Medical Center; Cibele Goncalves, previous recipient of C2C; Alanna Mallon, Cambridge City Council and Food For Free; Marjorie Decker, State Representative; and Sharon Scott-Chandler, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)

Photo 2 (L to R): Cradles to Crayons Founder and CEO Lynn Margherio addresses legislature

Photo 3 (L to R): Paul J. Donato, State Representative; Lynn Margherio, Cradles to Crayons; Marjorie Decker, State Representative               

About Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons launched in Boston in 2002 and has operations in Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The nonprofit provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive—at home, at school, and at play. C2C supplies these items free of charge by connecting communities and mobilizing them to collect and donate new and gently used high-quality children’s items. The organization engages thousands of youth and adults each year in tangible service activities that benefit local children in need. For more information, please visit www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/.