Cradles to Crayons brings back annual Backpack-a-thon – Boston News, Weather, Sports
QUINCY, MASS. (WHDH) – Cradles to Crayons has brought back its Backpack-a-thon, preparing 70,000 backpacks with school essentials.
The Quincy-based organization started its mission in 2012 to provide clothing and school supplies to homeless and low-income children.
“Cradles to Crayons provides basic essentials to kids 0-12 all around Massachusetts, and today we’re here to get them ready for school by stuffing backpacks,” said the organization’s Executive Director Aubrey Henderson.
Volunteers, including 7’s own Amaka Ubaka, lent a hand in preparing thousands of bags in one of the organization’s biggest initiatives yet.
“We focus delivery on the school systems that need it the most, Said Henderson. “We know there are one in three children that are living in low income or poverty, and we want to make sure we’re reaching them.”
Experts said this year’s back-to-school spending is expected to hit a record high. In July, U.S. inflation rose to more than 9%, an increase that has not been seen in over four decades, leading more and more families to rely on organizations like Cradles to Crayons.
“Especially with the rising costs of so many things, it’s hard to give your children basic needs and provide for your family,” said volunteer Michelle Yang. “This is a great way for corporations and individuals to give back and help the community as well as young children.”
Cradles to Crayons accepts donations all year long. Items can be brought to any community drop-off locations.
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