Cradles to Crayons
Yesterday, staff members at the Consulate took time out of their afternoons to give back to the Boston community and express our thanks to our American friends on the 67th Anniversary of Israeli Independence. We spent the afternoon volunteering at Cradles to Crayons.
Cradles to Crayons 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. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.
Cradles to Crayons collects new and nearly new children’s items through grassroots community drives and corporate donations. Donations are then processed and packaged by volunteers, and are distributed to disadvantaged children across the state through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners.
When we arrived at Cradles to Crayons, we learned the facts — that more than 305,000 Massachusetts children 12 years old and younger live in low-income or poverty-stricken households, and that in any given year, more than 100,000 Massachusetts children will experience homelessness.
It was our job to put together packages that will in turn provide these children with proper attire, school supplies and even birthday gifts!
We split up into two groups — the first group was in charge of putting together a week’s worth of outfits for boys and girls between the ages of 7–8 while the second group “went shopping” for items on the children’s wish lists.
When it was all said and done, our team provided clothes, school supplies and play toys for 70 children in the Boston area. It was a fun and humbling afternoon. Thank you, Cradles to Crayons for everything you do!