First Quality and Cradles to Crayons have been named as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s Faces of Philanthropy
Partnership aims to fight childhood poverty and end diaper need.
PHILADELPHIA (Apr. 17, 2023) — First Quality® and Cradles to Crayons® have been named as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Faces of Philanthropy” for 2023 for their work together to fight childhood poverty and end diaper need.
Cradles to Crayons—a national organization with the mission to #EndClothingInsecurity—provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need, like clothing and diapers, to thrive at home, at school, and at play. First Quality manufactures diapers and other absorbent hygiene products and has partnered with Cradles to Crayons since 2021. In addition to providing volunteer support, First Quality donates a portion of all Cuties® diaper sales to Cradles to Crayons – more than $1 million so far.
The partnership began during a critical time in the pandemic, when many families were struggling to find and afford essentials such as diapers. Today, 1 in 3 Pennsylvania families with young kids experience diaper need and 3 in 5 Philadelphian children live in poverty. In addition to diapers and clothing, Cradles to Crayons provides children with coats, shoes, school supplies, and other basic essentials, serving over 70,000 children in the Greater Philadelphia region annually.
“The need for diapers remains critically urgent in our area,” said Michal Smith, executive director of Cradles to Crayons—Philadelphia. “Diapers are a key necessity for infants and toddlers, yet the purchase of them are not qualified by government support benefits. Half of American households with kids cannot cover their weekly expenses right now. When we can provide this critical essential, we provide relief for families stressed by the extra cost and worried about how they will keep their babies clean and dry. First Quality shares our belief that quality equals dignity, and together we are making a difference for Philadelphia children and families.”
Cradles to Crayons strives to connect communities as part of its mission, engaging volunteers to collect new and high-quality used children’s goods. Donations are processed and packaged by volunteers at its Giving Factory in East Falls, then distributed through its network of more than 330 service partners in the region. Through its direct donation online platform, Giving Factory Direct, supporters can fight clothing insecurity from anywhere by shipping outfits and coats directly to a child. In addition to Philadelphia, the national nonprofit also serves Boston, Chicago, New York City and San Francisco.
“Volunteering at the Giving Factory has further opened our eyes to the impact that Cradles to Crayons has on our communities,” said Kristy Rothberg, head of global marketing for First Quality’s absorbent hygiene business. “Everyone deserves access to the everyday essentials they need to thrive, and we are proud to support Cradles to Crayons in its work to end diaper need.”
“We are grateful for First Quality/Cuties’ commitment to providing the essentials children need and deserve,” said Lynn Margherio, Cradles to Crayons Founder and CEO. “Diapers are a baby’s most critical item of clothing, and Cuties’ partnership has helped us to meet more of the need in greater Philadelphia and across the U.S.”
On Thursday, April 13, the Business Journal honored Cradles to Crayons and First Quality along with 29 other philanthropic partnerships in Greater Philadelphia during a celebration at Rivers Casino. The partnerships were nominated by the public and selected by the Business Journal’s editorial board.
About First Quality
The First Quality family of companies is a closely held, diversified group of companies manufacturing, selling and distributing branded and private label absorbent hygiene, paper and packaging products into the healthcare, retail and commercial channels. First Quality is dedicated to meeting the demands of the market by providing innovative and high-quality products manufactured utilizing state-of-the-art technology. For more information, please visit www.firstquality.com
Cuties® is First Quality’s own brand of baby care products, created for a new generation of parents with the highest standards of quality, efficiency and value. Thoughtfully designed and responsibly made, Cuties products are designed to be super-soft, super-absorbent and super-safe for babies’ sensitive skin. Learn more by visiting www.cuties.com
Cuties ® is a registered trademark of First Quality Baby Products, LLC. First Quality is a registered trademark of First Quality Enterprises, Inc.
About Cradles to Crayons®
Cradles to Crayons® (C2C®) believes that all children deserve the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. Founded in 2002, Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive—at home, at school, and at play—for free. Cradles to Crayons collects and distributes new and high-quality used children’s goods by engaging and connecting communities. C2C sets a gold standard of individual, family, and corporate volunteer engagement, and through its “Giving Factories®” provides unique, hands-on opportunities to directly help local families. Headquartered in Boston, MA, C2C opened in Philadelphia in 2007, Chicago in 2016, and New York City and the San Francisco Bay area via an innovative online clothing donation platform, Giving Factory Direct (GFD), in 2020. For more information, visitwww.cradlestocrayons.org.
First Quality: firstname.lastname@example.org
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