Martin Luther King Day of Service 2020

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?" - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.




Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Annual Day of Service

Monday, January 20, 2020

Cradles To Crayons is proud to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of service in the community by going region-wide for our largest product collection of the year. We will be collecting essential items for children ages 0-12, living in poverty or low-income situations, throughout the five county Greater Philadelphia region.

This critical collection will help stock our shelves to help us fulfill thousands of requests over the coming months. Please donate new or like-new children’s items at one of our donation drop-off sites listed below. 

Countdown to MLK Day of Service








Corporate supporters of MLK Day are able to volunteer at the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory from 10 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 3 pm. For more information on how to become a corporate supporter and reserve space for your group please email


Post MLK Day Collection Site

Drop off location collecting items until Friday, January 31

Philadelphia county

Germantown Friends School | Philadelphia, PA 19144 (Please place items in donation drop-off pod) 


MLK Day Collection Sites

Drop off donations on Monday, January 20 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Bucks County

Neshaminy Mall |  Bensalem, PA

Trevose Fire Company | Trevose, PA 

Yardley Borough Police Department | Yardley, PA

Chester County

REMAX in Malvern | Malvern, PA

Minquas Fire Company No. 2, Inc. | Downingtown, PA

Phoenixville YMCA | Phoenixville, PA

Starbucks – West Chester Gay + High Street | West Chester, PA

Starbucks – West Chester Pike + 5 Points | West Chester, PA

Starbucks – Exton Eagleview Blvd | Exton, PA

Starbucks – 300 Lincoln Highway | Exton, PA

Delaware County

Bethel Township Hose Co. No. 1  | Garnet Valley, PA

Kids’ Clubhouse of the Main Line | Wayne, PA

Springfield Psychological | Havertown, PA

Swarthmore Community Center |  Swarthmore, PA 

Rocky Run YMCA  | Media, PA

Montgomery County

Ambler YMCA | Ambler, PA

Frog Hollow Racquet Club | Lansdale, PA

Girl Scout Troop 7288 | Lower Providence Presbyterian Church | Norristown, PA

Hope Community Church | King of Prussia, PA

Greater Plymouth Community Center | Plymouth Meeting, PA 

Kiley’s Auto Repair | Norristown, PA

Skippack Township Building | Collegeville, PA

Starbucks – Audubon Square Trooper | Norristown, PA

Starbucks – Phoenixville – Egypt Rd | Phoenixville, PA

Starbucks – Collegeville (Providence Town Center) | Collegeville, PA

Starbucks – Royersford (Limerick Crossing Shopping Center) | Royersford, PA

Starbucks – Philadelphia Premium Outlets | Pottstown, PA

Willow Grove YMCA | Hatboro, PA

Philadelphia County

Christian Street YMCA | Philadelphia, PA 19146 

Germantown Friends School | Philadelphia, PA 19144

Roxborough YMCA | Philadelphia, PA 19128

Northeast Family YMCA | Philadelphia, PA 19154

The Stagecrafters Theater | Philadelphia, PA 19118

Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory | Philadelphia, PA 19144

Or donate at one of our year-round collection locations:
Find a Local Drop-Off

For you, it’s extra stuff.

For a child in need, it’s essential.

Please donate on January 20


Support MLK Day of Service 

In addition to donating new and like new children’s items, there are many ways you can support Cradles to Crayons on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

  • Host a collection drive (with optional sorting activity) with your company, school or community. Please email to learn more.
  • Become a corporate supporter and volunteer with your company. Please email for more information. 
  • Make a financial donation to support our annual Gear Up for Winter program, which will provide 20,000 local children in need with winter essentials this season. Click here to learn more. 

Many thanks to our supporters for this event:

Cradles to Crayons Family Leadership Circle Members

Items We Accept

Please go through your closets and dressers to identify good-condition clothing, shoes, lightweight jackets, winter coats & snow boots which your children may have outgrown since last year. We also need new or gently-used books, toys and baby gear. Some critical items, such as socks, underwear, pajamas, and baby hygiene products (lotion, shampoo, pacifiers, etc.) must be new when donated.

Learn about what items we need most >

More Ways to Donate Goods

Tax Receipt

All donations of children’s items are fully tax deductible – and we make it easy to get your receipt! Just fill out our simple online form and check your email. That’s it!

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Giving Recipes

Need inspiration to incorporate giving back into your next event or milestone? Let us help guide your effort, while supplying all the materials you need to make it a success.

Our Giving Recipes >

Drive Resources

We have all the materials you need to make your next Cradles to Crayons drive a success. Check out our drive resources to get pre-made templates and other useful information.

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