Area nonprofit enlists hundreds of families to create care packages for children in need

Mike Dougherty
January 04, 2020 - 2:19 pm
Families spend their day volunteering for Cradles to Crayons in East Falls, assembling care packages for children in need.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Hundreds of volunteers dropped by the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory in East Falls to help make care packages for families that need them.

Donated items were stacked to the rafters at the warehouse.

Suzanne Allen Weiss, senior manager of family philanthropy, said the volunteers were inspecting goods then assembling them into care packages.

"They can’t afford to keep up with their kids' growing feet sizes to buy them new shoes," said Weiss, "so family volunteer day helps us bring in the products donated, process a new pair of shoes and get them out to a kid that needs them."

And it’s much more than just shoes. Each care package comes with several outfits for the season, a coat and school supplies.

Dawn and her son Jaeden were helping sort clothes. "Mostly sweatshirts and Nike sweatshirts and stuff like that," said Jaeden.

"My family is actually doing something every month for this year," Dawn said, "and this month is just Cradles to Crayons."

Dominic Fuscia and his son Dylan were inspecting a bin full of clothing.

"Sorting through these shirts, picking out the sizes, putting them in the bins," Fuscia explained. "They have all these boxes set up for us, and we sort through here, make sure of the sizes, and put them in the proper boxes."

Dylan Fuscia said he felt a sense of satisfaction from the work he and his father were doing. "It makes me feel that I'm changing someone's life, helping them," he shared.

Cradles to Crayons hopes to help 100,000 kids and babies with every day items like clothes, school supplies, and toys. Information on how to donate can be found at their website.