Cradles to Crayons

Head Back to School With a Smile

August 27th, 2015

Elementary school class outsideAs the new school year approaches, the lazy summer mornings that were a part of the normal routine quickly turns into a thing of the past! For families, back-to-school time involves a ton of shopping to prepare children for the work ahead. From purchasing shoes and outfits that match the latest trends, to school supplies, to sports equipment for the new school year.

Unfortunately, not all families have the finances to supply their children with essential items for school.

Cradles to Crayons is an organization that helps children who are less fortunate receive the supplies they need. This wonderful charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children, and our office is glad to be a permanent drop off location for the organization.



Cradles to Crayons’ has initiated the Families Helping Families Challenge, which aims to help families in need by providing school supplies, in addition to clothing, shoes, toys, books, and more. Be a part of the Families Helping Families Challenge by making an online donation here! Your donation will help many children in need who live right here in Massachusetts.

Along with gathering together backpacks, notebooks, pencils, calculators, clothes and shoes, it is important to make sure that your child has all of the tools necessary to maintain a healthy smile. Heading back to school is a great time to reiterate the importance of good oral health and to incorporate positive oral habits into their daily routine.

To ensure that your child's teeth are healthy and school-ready, make sure that they have had their regular dental examination. According to the American Dental Association, a dental visit is as important as getting immunizations to prepare for school. Untreated tooth decay can cause dental pain or even disease, which ultimately results in a lot of hours of missed school. If your child plays a contact sport, make sure that they have a properly fitted mouthguard to use when participating.

As you add school supplies to your cart, head to the dental hygiene isle and pick up new toothbrushes (the recommended time to change toothbrushes is approximately 3 months), floss, and mouthwash. If you pack your child's school lunch, be careful when choosing which items to buy. Pick tooth-friendly snacks, including grains, milk, cheese, vegetables, yogurt, or fruit. Avoid purchasing sugary foods and sodas.

If your child is heading off to college, make sure that they didn't forget to pack floss. Floss is necessary to remove plaque that is left behind in hard-to-reach places that the toothbrush can't remove.  Flossing daily helps prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health problems that will require treatment, and not to mention, time away from school.

Send your child...(and other children) off to school smiling and prepared for the knowledge that awaits them!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.


Wellesley's Back to School Drive

July 12th, 2013

Wellesley Dental Group is joining hands with Cradles to Crayons for their ‘Ready For School Drive.’ Let's help make the first day of school an exciting endeavor for the children in need. It can be a source of anxiety for kids not having the appropriate school items, and ultimately not fitting in with their peers. Our goal is to raise $5000 from our community efforts so that in-need children can have all the school essentials prior to starting classes. We want every child to feel prepared and confident when school starts and together we can make that happen. Cradles to Crayons *Ready for School* program focuses on distributing the school essentials children deserve and need to arrive at school ready. Their “KidPacks”are filled with clothing, shoes, books, and a brand new backpacks. Every dollar makes a difference and with our community’s help we can reach our goal.

Wellesley Dental Group is asking the community to join hands in our fundraising efforts for Cradles to Crayons. To show our appreciation, we will give you a credit towards our state-of-the-art whitening services in the amount matching to your donation.

Wellesley Dental Group is a permanent drop-off location for Cradles to Crayons.

Please Donate generously; the smile you give to others shines back on you.

Thank you for your support! Cradles to Crayons is a registered 501 (c)(3) charity and the full amount of your donation is tax deductible.


Community Halloween Party on Thursday, October 25th!

October 3rd, 2012


You are invited to our Community Halloween Party on Thursday, October 25th from 4 to 6p.m.!

This annual costume party will be a fun afternoon full of games and prizes. The party will also serve as a kick off for our annual Candy Drive, where we collect extra candy and handwritten notes to send to the troops overseas. More information on the Candy Drive coming soon.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to

We look forward to seeing you there!

Cradles to Crayons Needs Help!

August 28th, 2012

Back to school time is right around the corner! It's time brave the crowds and shop for new clothes and school supplies. Sadly, this is not possible for all children. Many are less fortunate and do not have the money to purchase essential items for school.

Cradles to Crayons wants to help change that. They recently filled over 300,000 backpacks with school supplies for needy children during their 6th annual Backpack-A-Thon. Now, they need help getting the backpacks to those in need.

Visit their website to learn more and to make a donation to this worthy cause.

Cradles to Crayons

June 14th, 2012

Are you familiar with Cradles to Crayons? They are an organization committed to improving the lives of children. Their website says is perfectly: "Our vision is that one day every child will have the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued."

Our office is a permanent drop off location for this wonderful charity. We accept donations of clothing, toys, school supplies, and more. Our office is located conveniently across from the Wellesley Hills train station on Route 16 at 5 Seaward Road. If you need directions, please call 781-237-9071 and we would be happy to assist you.

To learn more about Cradles to Crayons, please visit their website.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Dr. Femina Ali on TV

June 12th, 2012

Did you know that your dentist was on TV? Dr. Femina Ali sat down with Wellesley Media to talk about her community involvement, the importance of giving back, and what she finds inspiring. It is truly a lovely segment and we hope you enjoy it!

Please visit our YouTube page to view the video. Feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Cradles to Crayons

March 16th, 2012

When it comes to having a truly inspiring vision, Cradles to Crayons is a shining example. They hope "one day every child will have the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn and valued."

Cradles to Crayons is a charity dedicated to providing children in homeless and low-income situations with clothing, school supplies, toys, and much more.

Wellesley Dental Group is a drop off location for anyone who wishes to make a donation to this wonderful organization. Visit their website to learn more.

August is Cradles to Crayons month

August 16th, 2010

Throughout August, we're on a mission to collect as many new school supplies as we can for Massachusetts' organization, Cradles to Crayons.  To read more about how Cradles to Crayons helps needy children with basic essentials, please visit their website here.

As you go back to school shopping, please keep this in mind.

Donations of new school supplies and new and gently used clothing may be dropped off at

Wellesley Dental Group

5 Seaward Road

Wellesley, MA

Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 5 pm

Friday 9 am to 1 pm.



Wanna go to Disney?

February 24th, 2010

It's been several years since I've been to Disney World and I'd love to get back.  Now I've got an even better reason to go.

Disney is doing something that seems to me a WIN-WIN-WIN for everyone.  They are giving away 1 Day - 1 Theme Park tickets to Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort for people who volunteer a day of service for an approved participating organization.  It's very inspiring and it's awesome to think of how many million hours of volunteer time will be donated due to Disney's grand generosity.  GIVE A DAY GET A DISNEY DAY

 It just so happens that Cradles to Crayons ( of Boston is on the list and has openings for volunteers within the next 60 days.  We love the work that Cradles to Crayons does and are a permanent drop-off location for them.  Being able to get a free ticket for volunteering a day of service would be icing on the cake.

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(You may have seen the Disney ad with actor Taye Diggs and Miss Piggy - They are working at a construction site.  Very cute - I wonder if Kermit is jealous).

Year-end donations

December 9th, 2009

Cradles to CrayonsWellesley Dental Group is a permanent drop-off location for the non-profit organization Cradles to Crayons.  Donations may be dropped at our office at 5 Seaward Road, Wellesley during office hours.  Please call us at 781-237-9071 if you have any questions.

We encourage anyone who wants to make year end donations of clothing and children's items to visit the Cradles to Crayons website (http:/  to see what is accepted. This organization serves thousands of needy Massachusetts families every year and the demand for their help is growing.  We have receipts available.

The IRS has certain restrictions on clothing donations - A video on You Tube explains more

Thank you for your generosity this year!

Cradles to Crayons drive

August 1st, 2009

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Pass it on; Help a Child-in-need

Now through August 31

Cradles to Crayons

Wellesley Dental Group is hosting a drive this summer for Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit that provides low income and homeless Massachusetts children from infancy to age 12 with everyday essentials.

The drive began on Monday, July 13 at our office, 5 Seaward Road in Wellesley, MA and will continue through August 31, 2009.

This is a great organization to donate to; to thank everyone who participates, we want to give something in return. So now, every person who donates as part of the drive will receive a $500 certificate toward Invisalign® treatment from Wellesley Dental Group (for use through Sept. 30, 2009) which can be given to a third party. The suggested minimum donation is $50, but people are also welcome to donate in kind with some of the most needed items, which are listed below.  Please bring donations in person to us during office hours: Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 5 pm, or Friday, 9 am - 4 pm.  All donations are tax-deductible and receipts will be available.

The suggested items for donations in kind are:

  • New or Gently used children’s clothing, size newborn – 16/18
  • New or Gently used baby items, i.e. bedding/boppy pillows/etc.
  • New socks and underwear
  • New school supplies

All donated goods must be new or top quality, and contain all pieces and instructions.  Cradles to Crayons cannot accept goods that are missing pieces, broken, dirty, stained, torn, worn out, written on, or clearly out of style.  Please bring your donations in plastic bags or sealed boxes to keep them clean and organized.

More information about the organization is available at

You can also find them on twitter at

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign® while helping Cradles to Crayons, please call us 781-237-9071 to arrange a special appointment.  You may also contact us via email at

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