Our family and children clientele are often navigating their lives without certain everyday items that allow for a better quality of life. Throughout the year, CFCS receives a variety of requests from clients, covering a wide range of needs. Among the most requested items are clothing, furniture, groceries, help with purchasing back-to-school supplies, tickets to cultural or sporting events, and a range of household items.
Whenever possible, we try to provide clients with new items, however, we are always willing to accept gently used furniture, luggage, and other household amenities. Please note we cannot accept donations of used clothing.
We do not have an all-hours drop-off center for these kinds of items, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
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When making your own purchases on Amazon, the Amazon Smile program donates a percentage of your order to the organization of your choice. Click the icon below, sign in to your account, and enter "Cambridge Family and Children's Service" in the search box. Once you've selected CFCS as the beneficiary, go about your shopping as usual!
*Please note that when you buy items through Amazon Smile, the percentage of your purchase comes to CFCS anonymously, as Amazon does not disclose information about the individual purchasers. Please email us at email@example.com to receive a formal acknowledgment for your records. Thank you for selecting CFCS as the beneficiary of your Amazon Smile purchase!
Below are some of the specific items for which the need is always present:
- Paints and painting supplies
- Pastels and colored pencils
- Sketching Pads or Drawing Paper
- Stored-value CharlieCards and CharlieTickets
- Weekly and Monthly Bus & Subway passes
- Laptops for college-bound youth
- Movie tickets
- Tickets to sporting events
- Theatre tickets
GIFT CARDS: *Gift cards to clothing, home and grocery stores are an easy and welcome way to help.
- Stop & Shop
- Jordan's Furniture
- Home Depot
- Sporting goods stores
- Michaels or other craft stores
- Gas cards
Gift cards to family restaurants:
- Burger King
- Dunkin Donuts
- Storage bins for children's belongings
- Children's Museum
- Museum of Science
WAIVERS OR PAID EXPENSES:
- Dance classes
- Sports teams
- School uniforms
Open Your Home To A Child
The need for loving, nurturing caretakers is greater than ever. CFCS recruits and supports new families who can provide transitional and/or permanent care for children who have been referred to the state foster care system. Learn more.
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