Cradles to Crayons was founded in 2002, with the mission of providing to children ages 0 to 12 some of the most important basics of life—free of charge. These basics include clothing, school supplies, toys, and much more. They provide all the physical goods that children need to be safe, protected from the elements, and ready to learn. And by supplying them with high-quality used or new goods, they make children feel valued. They partner with social service organizations to connect communities that have surplus resources—new or used items in good condition—with communities that desperately need access to those resources.