Cradles to Crayons is partnering with Boston Centers for Youth & Families and Boston Children’s Museum to call on Boston residents to participate in a city-wide collection of children’s essentials. As communities take on spring cleaning and clear out their closets this season, the Boston-based nonprofit asks to keep the collection in mind and donate any new and gently used clothing, shoes, books, and small toys at one of the participating drop-off points throughout the city. The drive will culminate in the fun, hands-on Boston Collect & Sort volunteer event at Boston’s Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Auditorium on May 4. Collections are ongoing through May 3 at the following drop-off locations:
BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center – Jamaica Plain
20 South St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
BCYF Roche Community Center – West Roxbury
1716 Centre St.
The Boston Red Sox Foundation will install four indoor batting cages this year at Boston Centers for Youth and Families locations, including Curtis Hall in Jamaica Plain. The batting cages are being funded by a grant from the Youth Development Foundation, an organization of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), "...to improve the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada." "Baseball isn't just a sport -- it's a passion for so many Boston residents and children, and this grant will allow young people throughout our city to improve their baseball game in a welcoming, accessible environment," said Mayor Martin Walsh via a press release. "I'm grateful to our Red Sox Foundation partners for providing BCYF centers batting cages that will allow our young athletes to enjoy baseball throughout every month of the year." "On behalf of all players, and especially those who call the Boston area home, we are happy to direct funds from the Youth Development Foundation to help install indoor batting cages throughout the city," said MLBPA Executive Director and former Red Sox Tony Clark.