Recently, together with my colleagues at BNI, we volunteered in the Giving Factory of a fabulous organization called Cradles to Crayons. We spent a few hours sorting and cleaning toys for thousands of kids in need in Massachusetts. This non-profit was the most organized, passionate, and fun group of people to work with! Their mission is to provide children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive- at home, at school, and at play.
In Massachusetts alone, there are more than 305,000 children, 12 years and under, that are living in low-income households. In any given year, more than 100,000 Massachusetts children will experience homelessness! These statistics are staggering and hit home for me. There are so many children in need and so much we can do with just a little effort to help out!
I figured now is a great time to go through our homes and take an inventory of things that can be donated to help out. From now until February 12th, I am hosting a collection drive for new and nearly new goods for children ages 0-12. This includes toys, clothing, footwear, outerwear, and new underwear, socks, and diapers. Click here for a complete list of items that are accepted.
The most urgent need is for the following items:
1- Girls winter coats size 2T
2- New socks and underwear, all sizes
3- Warm hats and gloves, size 5-7 (both boys and girls)
The coolest part about Cradles to Crayons is that they strive to create gift packages for children that are tailored to the individual child. So for example, if Charlie, a 3 year old boy, loves Thomas the Train and the color red, Cradles to Crayons will try to send train toys, clothing with the Thomas Logo and say a red jacket. It makes the experience fun for the personal “shoppers” at Cradles to Crayons to pick out items for each kid, but must also be an amazing feeling for a child in need to receive such a special package.
So, what do you think? Do you have any new or nearly new items just laying around your home that could help out one of these 305,000 children in need? If so, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can arrange a time to collect your donations. I can’t WAIT to deliver them on 2/12!
Thank you so much guys!
For more information about how to give back, ways to volunteer and more, check out www.cradlestocrayons.org.
Here are a few images from our trip to the Giving Factory! Children as young as 5 can volunteer at the Giving Factory to help out! What a great way to share the value of giving back with your child! Consider a family trip soon!