Nov. 2-6, "Time To Give" Cradles to Crayons Newton Brighton Drive/ Nov. 7, need volunteers to help sort

Catching Joy is pleased to help Cradles to Crayons (C2C) Newton Brighton Drive, Nov. 2-6. During this week people can bring in items for C2C at the following locations:

Angier School, 1697 Beacon St., Waban, MA

Bowen School, 280 Cypress St., Newton Centre, MA

Mason Rice, 149 Pleasant St., Newton Centre, MA

Preschool Experience, 1091 Centre St., Newton Centre, MA

Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward St., Newton, MA

Ward School, 10 Dolphin Rd., Newton, MA

West Suburban Y, 276 Church St., Newtonville, MA

On Nov. 6, C2C will go to each location and pick up the items, then deliver them to a prearranged destination, where they will be stored overnight.

On Sat., Nov. 7, 9AM- 1PM, The Newton Community is hosting a Cradles to Crayons Family “Time to Give” event. Volunteers will sort through donations at St. Mary’s Church, 258 Concord St. (off Rt. 16), Newton Lower Falls and we’d love for you to come with your family (preferably children school- age and older) between for as long as your schedule permits. Volunteers will clean books, inspect and sort clothing, clean toys, etc. This works so well because of a simple truth: kids know what other kids like (or don’t like). They know what clothes are cool, what toys need extra parts, and what books are worth reading. By lending a hand and their expertise, they learn firsthand about the importance of generosity and helping other kids. We call it “tangible philanthropy,” which simply means that the young people who work with Cradles to Crayons can actually see the results of their efforts. For many, it is an unforgettable lesson in leadership, social justice, service, and the power of giving.

When you reply, if you are able to join us, please include when you are planning to arrive, for how long you think you can help, and whether or not you will have family with you. RSVP

Cradles is the conduit for connecting communities that have with communities in need. Its service partners include hundreds of non profit organizations in the Boston area that work with kids. To name a few: Horizons for Homeless Children, MSPCC, Sandra’s Lodge and Bristol Lodge in Waltham, Boston Public Health Commission, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Boston Medical Center, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Crittenton, Dimmock, Friends of the Children, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Project Hope, RESPOND, Reach Out and Read, Rosie’s Place, St. Francis House. For more info. see www.cradlestocrayons.org.

Nov. 2-6, "Time To Give" Cradles to Crayons Newton Brighton Drive/ Nov. 7, need volunteers to help sort

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