MLK Call to Service Day Special “DeClutter For Good” event at Time Well Spent ~ Kids’ Warm Clothing Drive for Cradles to Crayons ~ Monday, January 19th 2009

 I was visiting the Cradles to Crayons website to learn all about their book fair (Click here for the details on this weekend’s event at all MA Barnes & Noble’s) and PJ’s Drive (Click here for details on this important and fun pajama drive set up as a contest with the grand prize a visit from Bruin PJ Axelson). While on their site, I happened upon the following info (Click here to link to the full C2C page):

Cradles to Crayons is in desperate need of winter tops and bottoms from size 2T up to size 18.  Due to increased demand, incoming donations are not keeping up with out-going kidpacks.  We need your help.

Donate new and gently used:
Long-Sleeve Shirts
Shoes and Winter Boots

 I checked in with Josh Nespoli, my C2C contact, who confirmed the need is still not being met. Here’s an excerpt from his email:

We are still very much in dire need of winter tops and bottoms, especially sizes 2T – 14/16+.  In 2008 we received an all-time high amount of clothing.  Unfortunately, it hasn’t kept pace with the increase in need.  Incoming requests have slowed down after the holiday season, but we are still sending out close to 500 clothing packs a week.  It might be cliché, but every bit really does help right now.  Thank you for spreading the word.

 In response to this news, I’ve sent out an email to encourage folks to participate in my quick MLK Call to Service Day event focused on gathering donations to help meet this need.

 In addition to decluttering kids clothes for a good cause, this is an appropriate time to encourage folks to maybe even take it a step further, as an act of service in tribute to Martin Luther King and all service-minded heroes of the past, present and future…

So, if you are in an office, neighborhood, school or church setting that might be able to quickly hold a drive to serve this need, I encourage you to “just do it.” There’s lots of info on how to get involved in your community as a friend to Cradles to Crayons and supporter of their fabulous and fabulously successful efforts ~ info on how  to serve as a supplier of needed items to organizations in service to children in need, to increase awareness of the problems that do exist and to encourage folks to get involved in efforts to help be part of the solution. Click here to get to a great link that will get you to all the details about birthday party giving, financial donations, donation drives and special events.

If you are looking to participate in the MLK Call to Service day but only have an hour or so to give and you live on Boston’s North Shore, I certainly could use some extra hands on deck this coming weekend and next week to help organize the donations and ready them for delivery. Offers to help deliver the donations to Cradles to Crayons in Quincy are welcome and carry the added bonus of the opportunity to visit the amazing “Giving Factory” at Cradles to Crayons when you make the delivery!

 I’ll be heading to More Than Words with the book donations on the 27th, combining the drop-off with a MLK breakfast at Bentley ~ how fitting! That said, if we reach our goal of 1,000 books, we’ll need another delivery made and a visit to Waltham-based More Than Words is quite inspiring.  

Of course, if you can only give a little of your time, that’s okay, too. Just do what you can ~ that’s something that changes for everyone based on time, health and circumstances. Indeed, sometimes concentrating on one’s own needs in an effort to become stronger and more focused on living a life of awareness and purposeful intent is the first step toward living a more meaningful and fulfilling life not only for one’s self but for others as well!

Here are the details for this weekend’s special DeClutter For Good drives:



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