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Cradles to Crayons’ BIG GIVE is this Saturday!

Help area kids by donating new and gently used clothing and other essentials. Here’s where to drop off.

In the greater Philadelphia area, more than 300,000 children live in poverty. Since 2006, Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia has sought to reach these kids, providing children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school, and at play.


Throughout the year, Cradles to Crayons engages the community to donate money, items, and their time—or as Cradles to Crayons puts it, “making it convenient to turn compassion into action.” This Saturday, it is even more convenient, because there will be drop-off spots all over the community!


For the sixth year, Cradles to Crayons (along with sponsor PECO) runs the BIG GIVE, a multi-county collection day that helps children in need throughout the region. After the items are collected, volunteers at Cradles to Crayons will hand-select items to create and distribute packages for specific kids—these custom “KidPacks” are filled with shoes, clothing, and other essentials.


So gather up your new and gently used items, and bring them on Saturday, September 21 from 11 am to 2 pm. Here’s where:



  • General George A. McCall School,  325 S. Seventh St.
  • NEST Center City, 1301 Locust St.
  • East Falls Presbyterian Church, 3800 Vaux St.
  • Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic
  • Sky Zone Philadelphia, 9490 Blue Grass Rd.
  • African American Museum, 701 Arch St.
  • Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St.
  • Cradles to Crayons’ Giving Factory, 4700 Wissahickon Ave.

Main Line/Suburbs

  • Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Pkwy, Wynnewood
  • The Impact Center, 600 Haverford Rd., Haverford
  • People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern
  • Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford
  • Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
  • Episcopal Academy, 1785 Bishop White Drive, Newtown Square


You can find the full list at Cradles to Crayons’ website, as well as a list of items they accept.


More Ways to Help

You can also sign up to volunteer—they even have family days—at Cradles to Crayons’ Giving Factory, now located in East Falls. This is actually a great time to volunteer, because while many individuals and families sign up around the holidays, charities need volunteers all year long.


Cradles to Crayons always accepts monetary donations on their website as well. Giving through September is directed towards the “Ready for School” initiative, and just $33 provides one child with a new backpack full of school supplies as well as a “KidPack” with a head-to-toe school outfit.


Contributing Writer