Camp to Cradles to Crayons

  • Being a good friend, neighbor and citizen is at the heart of what it means to live in a community. Being a connected Jewish community means we have the added value and emphasis of giving back and participating in Tikkun Olam. Today we were proud to spend the afternoon at Cradles to Crayons with our Cohen Camps family, and we are so grateful to all of the families who joined us for a wonderful cause. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts –  your effort had a direct impact on the lives of children and on the work that one very special CTN Alum does every day.

    Dear Cohen Camp Volunteers,

    I am a CTN alumni and wanted to send a quick note to say thank you for the time and energy you’re giving today at Cradles to Crayons.

    In addition to being a CTN alum, I’m a social worker at a Boston Public elementary school in Dorchester. Just yesterday, I received messages from 3 different families at my school asking if it was time for Spring clothing orders from Cradles to Crayons. One of the messages read “My kids are growing so fast and most of their clothes don’t fit them anymore. I need some help.” This message came from a single mother who is trying to balance a part time job while taking care of her 4 children on her own.

    Part of my job is to build and maintain partnerships with various community agencies and organizations. It goes without saying that one of our most valuable community partners is Cradles to Crayons. I stop by Cradles to Crayons every few weeks to pick up new orders for my students. Just a few weeks ago, one of the employees told me, “We’re running really low on clothing packs, so we may not have some of the things you ordered.” I looked around with a confused look on my face, as I saw endless piles of clothing all around me. “It’s not that we don’t have enough clothing,” an employee shared, “it’s that we have a shortage of volunteers and we need help putting together all of the KidPacks.”

    So, thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for your efforts today. Whether you are sorting clothes, folding clothes, or putting together KidPacks, your work has a direct impact on the students that I work with each and every day. You are helping to keep them warm and safe, alleviate the stress of the parents that I work with, and most importantly, put a huge smile on their faces. My students are able to be more successful in school when they have a clean shirt to wear, a winter coat to keep them warm when they stand at the bus stop or walk to school, and shoes that fit their feet comfortably. These children, their families, and I are so grateful for your support.




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