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Cradles To Crayons
Last updated on May 16, 2013


The vision of Cradles to Crayons is that one day every child will have the basic things they need to be safe, ready to learn and feel valued. While meeting the immediate needs of low-income children, C2C also sets a foundation for lasting change by providing meaningful, tangible volunteer opportunities to thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations each year.

Cradles to Crayons partners with social-service organizations in the Boston area to connect communities that have surplus resources—new or gently used items in good condition—with communities that desperately need access to those resources. The essentials we collect and distribute include clothing, shoes, school supplies, and much more. When you donate to Cradles to Crayons, you can be absolutely sure that your donation will go to a deserving local child, for whom the donation was specifically requested.

The story of Cradles to Crayons began in December of 2000 when Lynn Margherio (a business and public policy consultant) was visiting a relative's home and discovered brand new children's clothes, unused toys and other items that could go to children in need. Back home in Boston, Lynn visited schools and community groups in hopes that they would be able to host drives to collect children's goods that would eventually go to families who needed them. She began setting aside extra office space for these goods, while also driving around in a truck collecting other people's stuff and slowly but surely, this process was launched as the organization now known as Cradles to Crayons in 2002. C2C hosts one warehouse in Boston known as The Giving Factory, which in 2005 was visited and praised by former President Bill Clinton and in 2007, C2C opened another Giving Factory in Philadelphia.

Contact person: Marissa Ferber, (email)

Office fax number: (866) 841-9995

 155 North Beacon Street
Brighton, MA 02135
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.cradlestocrayons.org

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This agency seeks the following types of volunteers:
BC Staff, BC Faculty, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students
Last updated on May 16, 2013

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