As the holidays approach you’ll likely be giving gifts to the kids you love. There’s nothing quite like the delight in the eyes of children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews when they receive their gifts this time of year. You can also bring that joy to a lot of kids in your community through Cradles to Crayons®, a charity that specializes in giving kids the things they need to thrive at home, at school, and at play. Their vision of a future free of childhood poverty inspires their work every day. How can you give back? Here are three ways!
Every week social workers from around the state send requests for packages to Cradles to Crayons. These packages could include seasonal clothes, diapers, books, even toys. It takes a lot of work to get from donation shelf to care package, and Cradles to Crayons depends on its army of volunteers to make it happen. Volunteers sort clothes by size and season and check that the quality of each item is extremely high (more on that below). (Link to volunteer)
Fund the Cause
It takes money to run an operation as big as the one at Cradles to Crayons, and financial contributions are always appreciated. Funds go to pay for facilities, staff, and items for the kids. Charity Navigator has rated Cradles to Crayons a 4-star charity for its sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. (Link to donate)
You can also make in-kind donations, such as clothing and toys for children aged newborn to 12-years old. Cradles to Crayons’ philosophy is “Quality equals dignity” so make sure you are giving new or very lightly used goods. Brand new toys are given to kids whose birthday is coming up, so feel free to buy fun and age-appropriate gifts knowing that they will be given! All of these goods get sorted and distributed to 146,000 children every year. (Link to donation guidelines)