MLK Day of Service 2023

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is,
what are you doing for others?”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Weekend of Purpose

Monday, January 16th, 2023

Cradles To Crayons is proud to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of service by offering several opportunities for volunteer engagement in support of our mission to help children living in poverty throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Please be sure to scroll down to view all service opportunities!

Our MLK Day donation drive is extremely important in helping to fill our shelves with clothing, coats and shoes for distribution to thousands of children in the coming months. Please bring your donations to a collection site on Jan 16 between 10:00am – 1:00pm:

Find your local drop-off below!

Ambler YMCA
1325 McKean Rd, Ambler, PA 19002

Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory
4700 Wissahickon Ave. Suite 142, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Exyn Technologies
2118 Washington Ave. Suite 1000, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Goddard Systems, LLC
1016 W Ninth St. Suite 140, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Main Line Reform Temple
410 Montgomery Ave, Wynnewood, PA 19096

National Liberty Museum
321 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Rocky Run YMCA
1299 W Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063

St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
2725 Egypt Rd, Eagleville, PA 19403
(Hosted by Girl Scout Troop 7288)

St. Joseph’s Preparatory School
1733 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Willow Grove YMCA
3300 Davisville Rd, Hatboro, PA 19040

Yardley Police Department
56 S Main St, Yardley, PA 19067

Zippy Shell Wayne/Radnor 
150 N Radnor Chester Road, Wayne, PA 19087
(Located in rear of Radnor Financial Center)


You are also invited to participate in these MLK Day service activities with your family, company, school, or community group:

Help us make 10,000 cards

With MLK Day, we launch our 2023 Ready for Learning campaign. This year we will provide backpacks full of new school supplies to 60,000 local children. Each backpack needs a hand-made well-wish card tucked inside.

Our goal for MLK Day is to have 10,000 cards made and we need your help!

“I have a dream” packs

Help children in need feel safe & sound by supporting our MLK “I have a dream” program which provides bedtime basics (PJ’s, bedtime books & toothbrush/paste) plus additional essentials to address children’s basic needs with quality & dignity, so they can reach for their dreams. 

Quality=Dignity donations

Engage your family in a donation scavenger hunt and quality-check your items at home before donating. When you inspect, sort, and label your items, we are able to get them to a child in need more quickly.

We appreciate these schools and organizations who are supporting our MLK Day efforts:

Ambler YMCA
Astron Carter
Bala Cywnyd Middle School 
Beaumont Elementary
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Fox & Roach Realtors
Brandywine Wallace Elementary School
Central Bucks East
Church farm school 
Club La Maison
Delaware County Christian
Downingtown East 
EN Peirce Middle School 
Ewing Cole
Exyn Technologies
Fern Hill
French International School
Gayman Elementary School
Germantown Academy 
Germantown Friends School
Goddard Systems, LLC
Greenlane Marketing
Gwynedd Mercy Academy Alumnae
Hartford Funds
Hillside School
Holy Child Academy Drexel Hill
Holy Child at Rosemont
Independence Blue Cross
Kimberton Waldorf School
Main Line Reform Temple
Makefield Elementary School
Malvern Prep
Mary Mother of Redeemer
Media Elementary
Media Elementary
National Liberty Museum
New Eagle Elementary 
Penn Charter
Penn Valley
Pickering Valley
Plymouth Meeting Friends School
Radnor School District
Rocky Run YMCA
Saint Joseph’s Prep
Savran Benson
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
St. Joseph’s Preparatory School
Sts Simon and Jude
Trevose Fire Company
Villa Maria Academy
Willow Grove YMCA
Yardley Police Department