Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons

It’s that time of the year again – Back to School! For many children, it’s time to swarm the bus stop to show off their trendy new clothing and fresh pair of sneakers. However, that’s not always the case. Here in Massachusetts, there are more than 305,000 children under 12 who live in poor or low-income households. Throughout the year, over 100,000 Massachusetts children will be homeless. That’s why we have chosen Cradles to Crayons to be our August Charity of the Month for two years in a row. Cradles to Crayons was created in 2002 with the mission to give children ages 0 to 12 the essentials of life for free. This includes clothing, school supplies, toys and so much more. This charity prides itself on offering high quality new or used goods to make children feel prepared for school, all while allowing them to feel valued and loved.

While you’re cleaning out your closets and making room for new clothing, please keep Cradles to Crayons in mind. You can host a donation drive, volunteer, deliver goods to their drop-off locations or even give a monetary donation. The less privileged kids of Boston and Philadelphia area will thank you!

To contribute to this worthy cause, please visit http://cradlestocrayons.org/boston/get-involved. A $25 donation provides a child with the essentials they need to thrive at school. Donate today by visiting http://cradlestocrayons.org/boston/node/add/donation.

 

Operation Homefront

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Operation Homefront is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing emergency and financial assistance to military families and wounded warriors. They help the American military personnel and their immediate family, who have financial struggles, death, injury or mental impairment, due to their service overseas. This includes the Reserve, National Guard or veteran service who been in active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. Sadly, around 75% of this diverse group of men and woman “live at an income level 80% below the median income for the communities in which they reside.”

Operation Homefront provides services to assist these poverty stricken families through emergency financial aid and support through counseling and recovery assistance. They send monetary payments to “mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, dentists” and others to provide for these families. Additional support includes emergency food, home repairs, critical baby items, moving assistance, and much more.

Their mission is made possible through the generous public support of staff and volunteers.  If you too would like to become part of this team, please visit http://www.operationhomefront.net/volunteer.aspx for volunteer opportunities and here http://www.operationhomefront.net/donate.aspx for monetary donations to give back to the thousands of selfless men and woman who fought for our country and have suffered post-war injuries and hardships.

Our support doesn’t stop at our monetary donation. Every summer UPPAbaby employees participate in the local Run To Home Base held at Fenway Park, to support the Home Base Program, http://www.homebaseprogram.org/general-information.aspx. This charity provides clinical care and support to service members, veterans and their families right here in New England. To get involved on a local level, please visit the Run To Home Base website for details, http://www.runtohomebase.org/.

Here at UPPAbaby we are proud to support Operation Homefront and all their endeavors to continue to care for the troops, the families they leave behind and the wounded warriors who have fought for our country. Your donation will make a difference for our heroes!