Over 500 Children Served in 2 Hour Volunteer Shift
Almost 75 volunteers gathered in Brighton, MA to volunteer at the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory on Saturday, August 25th for a two-hour service shift. Our West Point Society of New England alumni were assigned to “shop” for disadvantaged children represented by local social service agencies. Social workers place orders for their supported children that include a clothing pack with a week’s worth of clothing, school supplies, age-appropriate books, every day shoes, toiletries, and an occasional toy or birthday gift. Our alumni group “picked” each order for a specific child and insured that we had selected the correct sizes for clothing and shoes and age appropriate books, etc. We walked up and down shelving aisles of these items for children and noticed that many items were unavailable for many of the children’s age groups. Gently used clothing, shoes, boots, and books are needed especially for older boys, seven years old and older.
Cradles to Crayons collects gently used clothing and other items for children who are infant to 12 years old. Volunteers are asked to insure that clothing distributed from their factory have no stains, no rips, no missing buttons, etc. Every child deserves to feel proud of the clothes they wear.
Our group of 75 volunteers touched the lives of almost 500 children during our 2 hour shift. More than 300,000 low income children live in Massachusetts and the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory serves 100,000 children per year with clothing, school supplies, and other essential items. Cradles to Crayons has 20 clothing collection containers across the Boston Metro area. Please consider donating your clothing, coats, shoes, and boots to this worthy not for profit or even organizing a clothing drive at a local school.