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Gear Up for Winter

Gear Up for Winter

Help Keep Philadelphia Area Children Warm This Winter

Preparing Kids In Need For Frigid Weather

  • Among Major U.S. Cities, Philadelphia has the highest rate of deep poverty. 
  • 40% of children in the Greater Philadelphia region live in poverty or a low income home. 
  • Children are less able to regulate their body temperature compared to adults. As a result, children are more likely to develop significant health effects when they are exposed to environmental temperature extremes. 

The Need

Winter is unpredictable, but it is always cold. For winter 2021/22, The Farmer’s Almanac is forecasting a stormy January and a “winter whopper” for parts of the Northeast toward the end of February. Even in a normal Philadelphia winter we know there will be below-freezing temperatures which puts children without adequate protection at risk for missing school or getting sick. With this forecast we want our kids to be ready.

With more than 300,000 children in Greater Philadelphia living in low-income and homeless situations where the cost of a winter coat and boots is often beyond reach, facing winter without the essentials required for health and safety is a challenge. With your help we can ensure we are ready to keep Philadelphia children safe and warm this winter.

Our Response

Cradles to Crayons®’ Gear Up for Winter program distributes warm winter coats and other essentials to families who need them most before harsh weather conditions become an emergency. This winter we will:

  • Serve 35,000 local children with warm winter clothing 
  • Distribute 10,000 winter coats


Gear Up for Winter Signature Events

You’re invited! Join us for Un-Gala, our annual two-part celebration fundraiser.  Whether you choose the all-ages Family Day on Nov 13 or the grown-up Purple Party on Nov 19, you’ll be helping us keep kids warm while having fun, and you might even be a lucky winner in our Gear Up for Winter Auction! 

After going totally virtual last year, we are thrilled to welcome you, our loyal supporters and Family Leadership Circle members back to the Giving Factory for these live, in-person events. Details, including our health & safety plan, are at our Un-Gala page here

Many thanks to these generous organizations: 

Gear Up for Winter Presenting Supporter:

Gold Supporter:

Silver Supporters:

Friend Supporters:

Amerihealth Caritas

Goddard Systems



Tunnell Consulting

D&R Construction

Fishawack Health 

Get your company involved

Corporate partners are critical to the success of this program. We welcome the opportunity to work together on customizing a Gear Up for Winter partnership to meet your company’s social responsibility goals. Cradles to Crayons looks forward to engaging you in these high-impact opportunities to give back.

Contact Molly Boyd, Associate Director of Corporate Engagement at MBoyd@CradlesToCrayons.org for more information, or to discuss how your organization can get involved in our Gear Up for Winter initiative.