Wellesley, Babson College Set the Bar High for Volunteering

February 9, 2010 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

Babson College lacrosse players help to sort baby toys at the Wellesley Family Volunteer Day February 10.

Our featured Guest Blogger this week, Cheryl LaMee-Ludwig is a freelance writer based in Wellesley.  In addition to being the mother of a teen and a tween, she is the founder and President of National Charity League’s Wellesley Chapter, co-chair of the Community Service Club at WMS, an avid fan of Cradles to Crayons and a regular contributor to The Wellesley Townsman, the Needham Times and the Wayland Town Crier.

What do you get when you combine the brawn of the Babson lacrosse team, the energy of the Wellesley High School Key Club and nearly 200 enthusiastic Wellesley volunteers?…An enormous success, according to Cradles to Crayons Founder and CEO Lynn Margherio, who referred to the recent Family Volunteer Day as the “best ever.  I realize and appreciate all the effort that went into making this initiative so successful, not just in the weeks leading up to (the event itself), but throughout the year. Your commitment to C2C and to the kids throughout the Commonwealth is inspiring!”  There are nearly 300,000 children in Massachusetts currently living in poverty.  Cradles to Crayons assists by providing them with a KidPack – five coordinated outfits, including socks and underwear.  This complete wardrobe allows these children to fit right in at school without their clothing needs being obvious. Wellesley has historically been a generous supporter of Cradles to Crayons, hosting product drives for the past three years.  Each year, the drive grows.  This year’s growth was critical, since the demand for winter coats has already exceeded years past.  “We will get 9,000 orders for coats this winter, but Cradles does not get 9,000 coats donated each year.  What does that mean?” asks Wellesley liaison Suzanne Picher.  “We have to go out and buy coats for $20 each.”  To assist in this effort, Wellesley’s drive included a capital campaign where a dozen local sponsors pitched in: Lil Bits Toys, Belmont Landscape, Babson College, McCabe Movers, Larry Ng, La Riviera, Noxon Dental, The Cottage, The Linden Store, Green’s Hardware and Wellesley Municipal and Light. 

Wellesley High School ran a “Warm Coats for Cool Kids” campaign and netted dozens of coats.   Likewise, the elementary schools asked their families to do a closet cleaning on behalf of Cradles to Crayons.  Susan and Bill Logan of McCabe Movers spent an entire day collecting the bags and boxes of donations and delivered them to Babson College.  It was a busy morning at Babson’s PepsiCo Pavilion.  Helping hands were standing at the ready to sort clothes, clean toys, unpack moving vans, cars, trucks and SUVs.  At the end of the event, more than three tons of goods had been processed.  Every person there went off into the sunshine with a sense that they had made a difference in the life of Massachusetts youth.  Lynn Margherio recapped, “You can’t imagine the excitement everyone at The Giving Factory (Cradles’ warehouse in Quincy) experienced to see trucks pulling up, filled to the brim with beautiful, high quality donations. They will make an immediate difference in the lives of thousands of children before the end of the year.”

C2C staff members and Wellesley community champions celebrate a successful community drive.

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