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The end of October marked the end of the Cradles to Crayons drive on campus. The drive was hosted by the Family Weekend Program, in collaboration with the Mission and Ministry Office. The drive lasted throughout the month of October.
Deirdre Bradley-Turner was the point person for the program and explained that the drive offered a volunteer opportunity for students and their families during family weekend on campus.
She said that new and gently used books, clothes, shoes, school supplies, baby gear, and toys were being collected and that there was a great turnout for donations. Many family members participated and the donation bin on campus was full, not to mention there were many other large bags of items donated.
Cradles to Crayons has been a community partner with Emmanuel for many years.
“They have a wonderful mission that Emmanuel is happy to support through volunteers and charity drives,” Bradley-Turner said.
Cradles to Crayons was founded in 2002 and provides for children from infancy to age twelve, whether they be homeless or living in low-income situations. The program is completely free and they pride themselves on being able to provide items that are essential for these children to thrive, by connecting them with communities who are able to give.
When asked about her thoughts on the program, Bradley-Turner said: “Emmanuel has a long history of serving the community and having that tradition as part of Family Weekend was an excellent and exciting addition to the program.”
If you missed out on this service opportunity and still would like to volunteer/donate to Cradles to Crayons, a list of drop-off locations can be found at http://www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/donate-goods/drop-off-locations.
Chelsea McDonnell is a staff writer for the Hub. She can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @chelsea_lynn_!