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How Cradles to Crayons Help Connect Communities

Yana Bostongirl
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Boston is lauded for its many accomplishments, be it the industries, renowned educational institutions, big pharma, museums, and affluence. And yet there is a glaring dichotomy in incomes as a result of which a report ranked number it the number 1 most unequal city in the United States.

This stark divide points to the fact that many children face or are at the risk of experiencing clothing insecurity which is the inability to obtain or purchase adequate clothing.

Enter Cradles to Crayons, a Newton-based nonprofit that has stepped up to bridge the gap by ensuring that children have access to basics such as clothing and hygiene products.

Founded in 2002, Cradles to Crayons was borne from an idea that came to founder Lynn Margherio about how she could get like-new and never before used items to children who needed them. Cradles to Crayons has since expanded to Philadelphia, Chicago and has two more sites in the pipeline.

This is their mission statement according to their website:: To provide children from birth through age 12 with the everyday essentials they need to thrive — at home, at school, and at play. Our overarching vision — a future free of childhood poverty — inspires our work every day.

The website also goes on to describe how the community can help serve this cause by hosting a drive to collect children's items. If you would like to organize a drive at your school, church, neighborhood, scout troops, youth sports team, business, or workplace then you are invited to contact Cradles to Crayons for more information.

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