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Cradles to Crayons Drive

We are once again gearing up for the town-wide Cradles to Crayons Drive and Sorting Day.

Date for 2020/2021 school year are TBD.

Wellesley is consistently the biggest contributor in the state and this year is our 12th-year anniversary. So, start cleaning out your closets for new and gently used items for children ages 0 to 12 years. Remember hats and gloves need to be new.

More than 305,000 Massachusetts children 12 years old and younger live in low-income or poverty-stricken households. In any given year, more than 100,000 Massachusetts children will experience homelessness.

In 2016, the Wellesley Drive and Sorting Day helped over 1,000 kids in Massachusetts. The anticipated need for this year’s winter is expected to be great.

This Years Needs:

New and Like New clothing, shoes, baby essentials, toys and books.

Cradles to Crayons creates KidPacks that are hand-selected with care to meet a local boy or girl’s specific needs and wants. We accept donations of a wide range of new and gently-used goods that are appropriate for use by children ages newborn to 12.

Our mission strives to provide every child with the essentials they need to feel valued and we ask you to support us in doing so. Therefore, please ensure that your gently-used donations are high-quality: not ripped, stained, broken, or missing pieces.

Please review the standards below to ensure we can distribute your donation to a deserving child.

Most Needed Items:

  • Boys and girls clothing (youth sizes 0-7/8)

  • Diapers, size 6

  • New hygiene items for infants and children (shampoo, soap, baby lotion, brushes/combs)

  • Diaper wipes

What we accept:

  • Clothing and coats (youth sizes 0–20 and adult sizes small & medium)

  • New socks, underwear, and pajamas (only accepted in new condition)

  • Shoes, boots, sneakers, and sandals (infant/child sizes 0–13 and adult sizes 1–10)

  • Books, especially baby board books

  • Brand new arts and crafts/school supplies

  • Baby supplies and bedding (up to size twin)

  • Diapers, all sizes

  • Baby equipment, especially strollers and car seats within five years old

  • New and like-new toys (new toys are used for birthday gifts. Gently-used toys must have all pieces. We do not accept stuffed animals, ride-on toys, or plastic play structures)

  • New hygiene supplies for ages 0 to 12

  • New batteries

Cradles to Crayonsmission 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. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.

Visit Cradles to Crayons to find out more about this great organization!

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