24 Hour Collection Sites

Cradles to Crayons has fourteen Community Collection Units. These storage containers are accessible for donation drop-offs 24 hours a day.

A few things to keep in mind when dropping off your donations:

Because of our unique model, items donated to Cradles to Crayons are distributed directly to local kids in need. This is why we strive to receive high quality items that best fit the needs of the children we serve and those children may live in transient situations, such as homelessness. For this reason, we cannot accept larger items such as household goods, furniture, bikes, and oversized plastic play sets.

Also, please bundle donations together (in plastic bags or boxes), and stack donations to the ceiling of the unit to ensure we can maximize the space, receive more donations, and serve more children! Thank you for your ongoing support.

As our units fill with donations they sometimes need a little management. If you would like to know more about our “Adopt-A-Unit” program and help keep our drop-off locations ready to receive essentials, click here.

Click here for the Cradles to Crayons tax receipt form.

Note: From October 1 to December 31, Cradles to Crayons focuses on the essential items needed to keep kids safe and warm. During this time we do not accept or distribute gently-used toys. New toys can be donated as part of our year-round birthday gifts program. Gently-used toys can be donated to Big Brother Big Sister Foundation at these drop-off locations, including Allston, which is down the street from Cradles to Crayons in the Stop N’ Shop parking lot. Thank you for supporting local children in need!

 

Andover

Next Generation Children’s Center (1-800-PACKRAT storage unit)
516 South Main Street
Andover, MA 01810
Accepting new and like-new children’s clothing, books, toys, baby items, baby equipment, and new school supplies.

 

Brighton

Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory Loading Dock (1-800-PACKRAT storage unit)
155 North Beacon Street
Brighton, MA 02135
Accepting new and like-new children’s clothing, books, toys, baby items, baby equipment, and new school supplies.

Combination lock code: 2002

Beverly

Next Generation Children’s Center (Go Mini storage unit in parking lot)
232 Essex Street
Beverly, MA
Accepting new and like-new children’s clothing, books, toys, baby items, baby equipment, and new school supplies.

Combination lock code: 5858

 

Cohasset

Cohasset Family Health Center (Graham Waste Services storage unit in the rear parking lot)
223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway (Route 3A)
Cohasset, MA 02025
Accepting new and like-new children’s clothing, books, toys, baby items, baby equipment, and new school supplies.

Important Note: If you are having trouble opening the unit, try to pull the right side door forcefully (it’s a heavy door). If you cannot open, please leave the items outside the unit and email lschwandt@grahamwaste.com.

Concord

Concord District Court (1-800-PACKRAT storage unit in the rear parking lot)
305 Walden Street
Concord, MA 01742
Accepting new and like-new children’s clothing, books, toys, baby items, baby equipment, and new school supplies.

Combination lock code: 1742

 

Dover

St. Dunstan’s Church (POD storage unit in parking lot)
18 Springdale Ave.
Dover, MA 02030
Accepting new and like-new children’s clothing, books, toys, baby items, baby equipment, and new school supplies.

Combination lock code: 1984 (in order to open, press lock in)

 

Lexington

St. Brigid’s Parish (1-800-PACKRAT storage unit in the rear parking lot)
2001 Massachusetss Ave.
Lexington, MA 02421

Accepting new and like-new children’s clothing, books, toys, baby items, baby equipment, and new school supplies.

 

Medfield

Wheelock School (1-800-PACKRAT storage unit in rear parking lot)
17 Elm Street
Medfield, MA 02052
Accepting new and like-new children’s clothing, books, toys, baby items, baby equipment, and new school supplies.

Combination lock code: 1984 (in order to open, press lock in)

 

Medford

Temple Shalom (1-800-PACKRAT storage unit in rear parking lot)
475 Winthrop Street
Medford, MA 02155
Accepting new and like-new children’s clothing, books, toys, baby items, baby equipment, and new school supplies.

Combination lock code: 2155 (in order to open, press lock in)

 

Natick

AJ Rose Flooring (1-800-PACKRAT storage unit is inside a green fenced enclosure)
599 Worcester Street (Route 9 West)
Natick, MA 01760
Accepting new and like-new children’s clothing, books, toys, baby items, baby equipment, and new school supplies.

Combination lock code: 1984 (in order to open, press lock in)

 

Newton

Cold Spring Park (1-800-PACKRAT storage unit in front parking lot)
Beacon Street
Newton, MA 02461
Accepting new and like-new children’s clothing, books, toys, baby items, baby equipment, and new school supplies.

Combination lock code: 1984 (in order to open, press lock in)

 

Wellesley

Babson College (1-800-PACKRAT storage unit in rear parking lot)
231 Forest Street
Wellesley, MA 02457
Accepting new and like-new children’s clothing, books, toys, baby items, baby equipment, and new school supplies.

Combination lock code: 1984 (in order to open, press lock in)

Campus Directions: Enter through the Babson Campus Main Entrance, take your second left onto Map Hill Drive, then take your first right into Hollister parking lot. Take a right into the lower parking lot behind Hollister Hall & the Reynold’s Campus Center. Look for the purple Cradles to Crayons storage unit.

 

Westborough

Next Generation Children’s Center
4600 Computer Drive
Westborough, MA
Accepting new and like-new children’s clothing, books, toys, baby items, baby equipment, and new school supplies.

Combination lock code: 0404

 

Westford

Next Generation Children’s Center (Go Mini storage unit in parking lot)
9, 11 & 13 Power Road
Westford, MA
Accepting new and like-new children’s clothing, books, toys, baby items, baby equipment, and new school supplies.

Combination lock code: 1010

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