Dear UIANE friends,

Would you like to help those less fortunate than us in Boston? Are you interested in an enjoyable evening to help children in a way that will truly bring  a smile to a child's face? Please join us on Tuesday May 22, 2018 at Cradles to Crayons.  Please read about Cradles to Crayons here:  https://www. cradlestocrayons.org/boston/ what-we-do/

The UIANE will host a special evening at Cradles to Crayons, a wonderful organization that helps children and families. Everyone is welcome to join us! Please consider volunteering a couple of hours to join us in this fun event where we will as a community give back to those less fortunate here in Massachusetts. 

Cradles to Crayons just asks that each volunteer pre-registers with them, so please use this link to sign up:  http://www.cradlestocrayons.or g/boston/group-pre-register/ Registration code :  a0RC000000VXnsd

We will be going to the "Giving Factory" where we will be creating Kid packs, bags of essential items donated to children, which will then be distributed throughout the Massachusetts area. It is a fun, easy way to directly help children in a wonderful way. This is not a drive or a collection of money, it is a collection of items children actually need and a night at the facility where we will assemble all the donated items into packages to be distributed to children in need. This is a wonderful opportunity to give to children and help improve their lives. Please consider joining us for a quick two hours of volunteer work, and gain the satisfaction of knowing you helped local children. 

This is a wonderful opportunity  to give back to the community around us, and be a positive force in the world. Everyone is welcome, including  children (over the age of 5) so this a a great opportunity  for the whole family and a fabulous chance to teach your children about charity work and volunteering. We hope you will consider joining us.

If you cannot join us, consider making  a donation of the following items: https://www.cradlestocrayons. org/boston/take-action/donate- goods/items-we-accept/

Cradles to Crayons creates KidPacks that are hand-selected with care to meet a local boy or girl's specific needs and?wants.?We accept a wide range of new and gently-used items for children ages newborn to 12.

Our mission strives to provide every child with the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, and valued. You can help us by making sure that your gently-used donations are high-quality: not ripped, stained, broken, or missing pieces. Please review the standards below to ensure we can distribute your donations to a deserving child.

Most Needed Items:

    • Boys Pants 4/5-7/8
    • Boys Shirts 2T-12
    • Girls Shirts 2T-12
    • Twin Blankets
    • Boys and Girls sweaters 

What We Accept:

    • Clothing and coats (youth sizes 020 and adult sizes small & medium)
    • New socks, underwear, and pajamas (only accepted in new condition)
    • Shoes, boots, sneakers, and sandals (infant/child sizes 013 and adult sizes 110)
    • Books, especially baby board books
    • Brand new arts and crafts/school supplies
    • Baby supplies and bedding (up to size twin)
    • Diapers, all sizes
    • Baby equipment, especially strollers and car seats within five years old
    • New and like-new toys (new toys are used for birthday gifts. Gently-used toys must have all pieces. We?do not accept?stuffed animals, ride-on toys, or plastic play structures)
    • New hygiene supplies for ages 0 to 12 
    • New batteries

Click here ?for a more detailed list of our Donation Guidelines.

We will be collecting donation dropped off at 240 Kent Street Brookline MA or 80 Wade Street Newton MA . If you have items to donate, and can join us on the 22nd, please bring those items directly to the Giving Factory. 

  • The Giving Factory is located at 155 North Beacon St., Brighton, MA . For d riving and MBTA  d irections, please  click here  for a Google map . Parking is limited .  Please  do not park in the New Balance parking garage or in spaces designated for CORT Furniture . On-s treet  parking is available on North Beacon Street and on-street, two hour parking is available on Etna Street and Life Street.

Thank you for your consideration! We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday May 22nd from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Thank you