Junior Retreat: Cradles to Crayons
This year, the Junior class tried something different for their retreat: A day of service at Cradles to Crayons. The decision to do a service retreat was so that the Juniors could not only come together as a class but get the chance to help our community as well.
What is Cradles to Crayons? It’s a non-profit organization that collects donations to help children, ages 0-12, who are low-income or homeless. The items they collect assists these kids in every aspect of their life: home, school, and play. A major component of the Cradles to Crayons mission that the “Quality=Dignity”. When sorting through donations, only items in the best conditions are added to their inventory, all else is donated to other charities.
Everyone who attended this retreat, Juniors, Senior leaders, faculty, and staff, was asked to bring in a donation. The Juniors were able to see first-hand the impact these donations have on on Cradles to Crayons. Upon arrival, it was clear that the gift warehouse (known as “The Giving Factory) was filled with donations that needed to be sorted, cleaned, and categorized so that they could be given to children in need. Without the efforts of volunteers like the Junior class, these items would never get to the children who benefit from them. Through the Juniors help and hard work on their day of service played an important role in providing 624 children with packages filled with the essentials they need to thrive.
The Juniors walked away from their retreat with a sense of accomplishment and a desire to return to The Giving Factory to continue the good work they had begun. There’s no doubt that a service relationship has been created with Cradles to Crayons that the Marian community will continue for years to come.
For more information on Cradles to Crayons, volunteering with them, or how to donate, please see their website: https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/volunteer/