Apr 13

Cradles to Crayons Creates Emergency Essentials Fund to Support Low-Income Families Impacted by COVID-19

Fund contributions will go toward the purchase of essential items for children, such as diapers and wipes, during a time of uncertainty (Photo: Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia via website)

PHILADELPHIA, PA  Cradles to Crayons, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing children from birth through age 12, living in low-income situations, the essentials they need to thrive, announced the launch of its Emergency Essentials Fund. The fund was established in response to the growing need for diapers, wipes, hygiene items, and school and art supplies from Cradles to Crayons’ network of community partners who service local families.

Families already struggling to make ends meet are now required to make even harder decisions such as buying diapers costing $80 per month per child or buying enough groceries to feed the entire family. Financial donations to the Emergency Essentials Fund allow Cradles to Crayons to mobilize its team and leverage its bulk purchasing power to serve thousands of families in need now and in the future as the community’s needs evolve.

“Currently, we are fielding urgent requests from food pantries, homeless shelters and other partner agencies for diapers, hygiene products, school supplies and other essentials for local children,” said Michal Smith, Executive Director of Cradles to Crayons. “Our team is immensely grateful for any and all monetary contributions made to the fund as we work to secure essentials to help vulnerable families in the Greater Philadelphia region who need us now more than ever.”

Cradles to Crayons’ Emergency Essentials Fund is supported by lead corporate partner Bank of America. Giant, NFI Industries, Ametek Foundation, Inc. and Citizens have been instrumental in helping Cradles to Crayons work on gathering essential items by opening access to their supply chain.

Contributions of any amount can be made at www.cradlestocrayons.org/philadelphia/eefund

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