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Cradles 2 Crayons provides necessities to families in our North, Calumet, and DuPage communities

For our clients who received any of the 49,328 individual diapers, wipes, and hygiene kits donated by longtime Metropolitan community partner Cradles 2 Crayons, they saw the support as a ‘blessing’.

Here’s what 49,328 diapers, wipes, and hygiene kits translates to: enough items of critical necessity to serve 987 kids and their families in our North, Calumet, and DuPage communities.

Diapers, wipes, and hygiene necessities are among the items most requested by our North Center families; thanks to Cradles 2 Crayons, our staff were able to provide these items for families with kids ages 0-2, 3-5 and 6-12.

In DuPage, items gave our Early Learning families a little more peace of mind, and helped stock our WeGo Together for Kids Community Market. Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage’s Domestic Violence Shelter received much-needed thermometers.

Our Calumet Center combined their hygiene kit distribution with a food distribution event at our Altgeld Gardens site, so that residents only needed to make one trip outside their homes. “It was a hectic day trying to maintain social distancing and handling the residents coming in,” shares Program Director Carrie Pullie, who noted staff were wearing masks.

Carrie shares how the support from Cradles 2 Crayons make a difference for our families:

“A big THANK YOU to Cradles 2 Crayons for the donation. The clients were extremely grateful. All of the clients felt this was a “blessing.” From the families that were struggling to purchase these needed items to a mother with a newborn that had no diapers and no supports to actually get to the store, this was truly an answer to prayers.

Families are struggling to make ends meet. The look in the clients eyes when they received these items was priceless. And the hygiene kits were also a great idea. These are needed items. The clients were so appreciative.

And especially appreciative of the thermometers; I heard so many families say they did not have thermometers, but that they really needed them. Clients could now take temperatures to determine fevers, which can provide peace in these scary times with COVID-19.”