A Philadelphia winter brings below-freezing temperatures and puts children without adequate protection at risk for illness and injury. For thousands of local children living in poverty, staying warm is a struggle indoors and outside
You can helps Cradles to Crayons support more than 15,000 children with coats, hats and other warm essentials before the temperatures drop.
When you donate warm winter gear or provide financial support, you can be sure that more children in our local communities will face the winter with security instead of struggle.
- Donate online: Just $33 helps to provide a child in need with a cold-weather KidPack containing pants & long-sleeve tops that fit, sweater or hoodie, new socks and more.
- Attend the Un-Gala fundraiser: Join us for a dress-down day of family service on Dec 3 or a dress-up evening of grown-up fun on Dec 2.
- Give Back with an Outfit Pack: We will receive more requests for clothing at this time of year than any other season.
- Collect and donate hats, gloves, coats and winter layers: We’re looking for more than 5,000 hats & gloves and thousands of warm outfits to fulfill projected demand.
- Volunteer at the Giving Factory: Our demand for KidPacks is at it’s peak during the winter months.
Winter: let’s take a moment to remember. Even when we’re bundled up we feel how sharp the coldness can be—icy fingers, frozen toes, runny noses. But picture this: there is a foot of snow, it’s 20 degrees, and you have to wait for the bus when you only have one light jacket to cover two layers of too-small shirts. Your sleeves don’t cover your wrists, you don’t have gloves, your shoes aren’t waterproof—and all the clothes that you have layered on are all that you have. That is reality for the thousands of children we will serve.
Focused on preparedness, Cradles to Crayons’ Gear Up for Winter program distributes warm winter essentials to the families who need them most before the situation becomes an emergency. By giving our Nonprofit Social Service Partners access to coats, hats, clothing, and more starting in October, we can make sure that fewer kids are without the right protection when conditions bring threats of frostbite and hypothermia. As the winter continues, demand will grow, emergency orders will increase, and we will continue to provide customized winter packages to fulfill our Partners’ requests.
Contact Susan Hight , Director of Development, for more information on creating a customized Gear Up for Winter partnership for your business or organization.