Creating Social Value Blog / Service in Action

Cradles to Crayons Experience

Joining Cradles to Crayons has been the one of the most eye opening and influential experience I have had at Babson College. For those that do not know what Cradles is, Cradles to Crayons is a distribution center in Brighton that supplies care packages to low income families and those in need. Cradles gives out all sorts of supplies to those in need. They give clothes, jackets, hygiene material, strollers, car seats, diapers, and much more. They also offer services for everybody. There is something for both toddlers and middle age adults. It is easy to take things for granted, especially at Babson. Thinking beyond big things such as a college education and our health, it is easy to take things as small as the clothes on our back for granted. Cradles makes you appreciative and happy about everything you have, and makes you think about it every day. It is shocking to think there are people with absolutely nothing. They don’t even have shoes to put on their feet. Additionally, this is an organization I plan on sticking with throughout my whole life, whether I am successful or not. In addition to being appreciative, this is an experience that you can’t find in most places. To join cradles, you are committing yourself to walking up early every Friday and spending 7 hours in a warehouse in Brighton! This dedication and commitment is going to stick with you and help you in everything for the rest of your life, regardless of what you do. Not many young college students can say I woke up early every week when I didn’t have class and spent 7 hours working in a warehouse half hour away. That is going to make you stick out in any application or interview. Many kids our age haven’t even had a job yet! When your future employer or industry requires you to work late or extra hours, you are going to stand out and think this is easy, while everybody else is going to groan in agony for every 10 minutes late they have to stay. You may think this is just a part time job in college, but this is so much more. It is an experience that will shape you and change your life forever.

-Nick Aloia, sophomore