With operations in Chicagoland, Greater Philadelphia, and Massachusetts, 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. The organization engages volunteers to collect new and high-quality used children’s goods for distribution through their network of service partners and their innovative, online donation platform, Giving Factory Direct.
Cradles to Crayons provides necessities such as clothing, warm coats, hats and gloves, shoes, diapers and school supplies. Last year, the organization served more than 550,000 children across the U.S. The economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to an increase in urgent requests from service partners as a rapidly growing number of families are forced to choose between buying groceries and other essentials like clothes and diapers.
“During the Covid-19 pandemic, Cradles to Crayons has distributed more than 5.6 million diapers, an increase of 275% versus the same period a year ago,” says Lynn Margherio, Cradles to Crayons founder and CEO. “We are thrilled to partner with First Quality and their Cuties diapers to help support the more than 1 in 3 families with young children nationwide who face diaper need—through the pandemic and beyond.”
First Quality and its employees have supported Cradles to Crayons in the past with monetary and product donations as well as volunteer efforts. Now, First Quality is expanding and strengthening its relationship with Cradles to Crayons by donating a portion of its Cuties diapers sales to the organization. Consumers who purchase any package of Cuties diapers —sizes newborn to 7 — will, together with First Quality, contribute to helping Cradles to Crayons turn compassion into action.
“First Quality shares the belief that everyone deserves access to high-quality, everyday essentials,” says Sima Delafraz, global leader of sales and marketing for First Quality. “We are honored to partner with Cradles to Crayons to help provide children with the items they need to learn and grow.”