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RAA Families Volunteer at Cradles to Crayons

A Morning of Worship, Fellowship, and Service

Regina Angelorum Academy is passionate about serving its local community, especially when it comes to the children of the community. RAA is a private school located in Ardmore, PA —making Philadelphia it’s next door neighbor, a neighbor with much need.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Philadelphia has the highest poverty rate among the nation’s ten largest cities. 3 in 5 Philadelphian children live in poverty.

This level of poverty in Philadelphia strikes our hearts at Regina Angelorum. So much so, that our students and their families put their desire to serve into action.

RAA families set out to support Cradles to Crayons, an organization that describes the need in Philadelphia as, “Urgent, yet often overlooked.”

It is easy to overlook the needs of others when the statistics seem distant or unrelatable.

However, Cradles to Crayons explains the children it serves in a very tangible way:

“The kids we help don’t have shoes that fit. Or a coat warm enough to fend off winter winds. Or a backpack to carry their school books and supplies. Without these basics, they suffer. They don’t want to go to school. They have a hard time learning in school. They don’t go outside to play. They don’t feel valued.”

Hearing this, gives our own students and families perspective of the shoes, backpacks, coats, and books they may otherwise take for granted. —The basic needs that make the experience of learning and play much more accessible and enjoyable for children.

On December 8th, 2021, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 20 students and 10 parents from the RAA community set their morning aside and volunteered their time to the Cradles to Crayons cause.

The morning began with a Mass together, followed by doughnuts and coffee. The families fueled up in the most perfect way—with worship, fellowship and coffee of course!

Then off our families went to Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory where they donated children's clothes and baby items. The families spent the rest of the morning helping to organize the items.

There is nothing that makes our Catholic school prouder than to see the virtues taught at Regina Angelorum Academy put into action and carried out into the community. And what better day to say YES to God’s call to give of ourselves, than that of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

RAA is grateful for Cradle to Crayons for the work they do and for giving our families this beautiful opportunity to serve. You can read more about the Cradles to Crayons mission and vision below and visit their website for more ways to contribute to their cause.

Mission: 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. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities.

Vision: One day every child will have the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued.

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