Cradles to Crayons works with over 60,000 families, individuals, community groups and companies to serve over 200,000 children every year.
On Wednesday, August 8, 2018 the Department of Chemistry returned to Cradles to Crayons with a group of students, staff, and faculty to assist with the organization’s distribution of school supplies to the children in the community it services. Cradles to Crayons is a non-profit organization that provides 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. The organization supplies these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. Through donations, Cradles to Crayons creates “KidPacks” that are hand-selected with care to meet a local boy or girl’s specific needs and wants. The group accepts donations of a wide range of new and gently-used goods that are appropriate for use by children from newborn through age 12.
Chemistry’s cohort of volunteers spent the morning at the Cradles to Crayons warehouse in Brighton, MA, filling childrens’ backpacks with school supplies and other necessary items to be sorted and distributed among the masses of children in need that the organization serves. Their efforts significantly contributed to filling the backpacks that the organization will distribute to 70,000 local children in anticipation of the new school year.
The Department of Chemistry hopes to continue its community service iniatives, and foster more opportunities for group volunteer activities in the future.