Cradles to Crayons was founded in 2002, with the mission of providing to children ages 0 to 12 some of the most important basics of life—free of charge.
These basics include clothing, school supplies, toys, and much more. In other words, we provide all the physical goods that children need to be safe, protected from the elements, and ready to learn. And by supplying them with high-quality used or new goods, we make children feel valued.
We partner with social service organizations to connect communities that have surplus resources—new or used items in good condition—with communities that desperately need access to those resources. 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.
We make it simple for children, families, and corporations to participate: whether by organizing a clothing collection, hosting a fundraiser, or working in one of our warehouses. And the more people and institutions that volunteer their time, treasures, and talents, the more children in local communities we can help. We provide unique, hands-on opportunities for people to help other people. This is one of the most powerful aspects of the Cradles to Crayons experience.
And finally, we do our work efficiently. Charity Navigator—an independent group that rates charities on both their organization capacity and efficiency—recently awarded us a four-star rating: their highest ranking (“exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause”).