Want to make help make a difference this spring while getting into the easter/spring spirit AND helping to clean out your closets for spring cleaning? Come to the Springfield Mall now through March 30th where the Easter Bunny will be at Center Court at Springfield Mall and make a donation to a joint clothes collection drive with Cradles to Crayons for the region’s disadvantaged children.
The collection effort will continue through March 30 and is a collaboration between the more than 70 merchants at the Mall and Cradles to Crayons, the local nonprofit that provides children, from birth to age 12, living in low-income and homeless situations with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. Most needed items include clothing, new socks and underwear, spring jackets, books and shoes. For a full list of what is needed (as well as what’s NOT accepted please check here.)
Shoppers who drop off donations of new or nearly new clothing (from footwear to winter coats, and new socks and underwear) at the Mall’s Customer Service center (located near Ruby Tuesday’s) will receive a discount off photos with the Easter Bunny.
Shoppers will also be able to select from baskets of “Easter eggs,” individualized egg-shaped cards that identify an item of clothing needed by an area low-income and/or homeless child, and purchase items on the eggs from stores within the mall. The purchases will be gathered by courtesy desk staff and provided to Cradles to Crayons, from which local social service agencies, including homeless and domestic violence shelters, schools, and foster homes, will distribute them to the children in their care.
“Springfield Mall is proud to host this important donation drive benefitting children within our communities,” said Maureen Weir, the Mall’s senior marketing director. “We are pleased to join forces with Cradles to Crayons and Delaware County Moms, and look forward to working with our shoppers in supporting such a worthy cause.”
“Cradles to Crayons cannot thank enough the Springfield Mall and its scores of merchants who are making it possible – and convenient – for shoppers to help the one in five children in this region who live in poverty,” said Michal Smith, executive director of the Cradles to Crayons. “Families living in poverty struggle to pay for rent, utilities and food, so warm clothing, coats, and shoes that fit are often completely out of reach.”