Cradles to Crayons will begin to accept donations again as of Monday, July 6. We have updated our donation guidelines to reflect the items we can currently accept and distribute at this time. Please understand that for the safety of our community, we are only collecting donations in our new outdoor units in our parking lot. Place your items in the open unit, as far back as possible. Units will be locked as each fills, so that we can quarantine donations for 72 hours. 

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Philadelphia is the nation’s poorest big city with over 300,000 children living in poverty across the region.

At Cradles to Crayons, our entire organization is driven by a focused and all-important goal: to make life better for children in need. To make this happen, it takes a wide variety of individuals and groups coming together to make a difference in their local communities.  

Ready for Learning

Our Ready for Learning initiative helps 30,000 local children in need prepare to learn and dress for success by providing them with a KidPack full of head-to-toe essentials: clothing, shoes, lightweight jacket, books, and a backpack full of new school supplies.

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Find A Local Drop Off

You can help us get everyday essentials into the hands of children. Learn more about how you can help.

Please check out our Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Highlights Report, to see what strides we made last year, thanks to your continued support.



Helping Kids, Connecting Communities

See what happens when one boy outgrows his favorite sweatshirt.

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We work with over 24,000 families, individuals, community groups and companies to serve over 70,000 children every year in the region. Your time is vital to getting children the everyday essentials they need.

Make a Difference

Our Stories

On a human level, what we do is bring a little sunshine into the life of a family or child in need. Learn firsthand about the difference we make on a day-to-day basis. From our service partners and volunteers and from the families themselves.

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Fund the Cause

Children in poverty are right around the corner. Help them however you can.

Fund the Cause

Ways to Give

The Difference We're Making


Service Partners

Our whole focus is to make our collaborative process as easy and streamlined as possible. This helps us to empower the children you serve at home, at school and at play by providing the everyday essentials that match their individual needs.

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Emergency Essentials Fund

Our community partners have called on us with urgent needs for new diapers, school and art supplies, and hygiene items. For relief, we established the C2C Emergency Essentials Fund to provide these and other critically-needed items to children who need them now and in the coming months.


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