Cradles to Crayons and Make It Better Foundation Provide 3,500 Coats to Chicago-Area Children This Winter

Cradles to Crayons, a recipient of the 2019 Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Awards Judges’ Distinction Award, supplies children from birth to age 12 with basic necessities, helping mitigate clothing insecurity in Chicago. Before the pandemic, approximately 225,000 Chicagoland kids experienced poverty, and this number has since increased. 

In December, the Make It Better Foundation matched dollar for dollar, up to $16,000, to help Cradles to Crayons provide 3,500 children with new coats this winter. The Gear Up for Winter campaign aimed to provide thousands of Chicagoland kids with new and like-new warm clothes and essential hygiene items. 

The Gear Up for Winter campaign is one of four major initiatives by Cradles to Crayons throughout the year. The others focus on school supplies, items for babies, and clothing as people conduct spring cleaning.

Cradles to Crayons often sees hundreds of volunteers show up at its Giving Factory, during non-pandemic times, to pack up supplies for kids in need.

The need for donations is ongoing. If you would like to help with donations or volunteer, visit

Cradles to Crayons Sponsors Include:

AbbVie Foundation
Bank of America

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