There are thousands of families and children fleeing terrorism and the war in Syria and the middle east. Currently 9,000 Syrian refugees are arriving to Greece DAILY, and 30% out of them are CHILDREN. Carry the Future organization, provides baby carriers to mothers and fathers who are fleeing the war (typically on foot) who are carrying their babies with them. This organization delivers them to the Greek Coast and surroundings to provide these people some relief.
We have started a Maui group to collect carriers to donate and will be collecting from November 19th, 2015 through December 3rd, 2015. We have collection points in Kula and in the Maui Central Baseyard in Puunene. You may contact Keri directly to set up a delivery or meet time for donation. Her number is 870-3911.
Below are some FAQ’s on the Baby Carriers fro Refugees:
Q: What sort of baby carriers can I donate?
A: Please send us your new or gently used Soft Structured Carriers (SSCs). These are basically any carrier that has clasps or harnesses, and Mei Teis (square cloth with four ties). Our favorites are Baby Bjorn, Kolcraft, MobyGo, Mei Teis, Tulla and Ergo.
Q: Why don’t you accept wraps, slings, pouches or other non-structured carriers?
A: We have to fit refugees in about 2 minutes flat, and usually in very chaotic and crowded harbors, and without any spoken instructions (given that most don’t speak English). Because of that, wraps and slings are not a safe or efficient option. Structured carriers on the other hand are considerably more user friendly and have a much easier learning curve.
Q: My carrier is broken/recalled. Should I send it?
A: No. We cannot repair carriers and we have to discard recalled ones. Please only send us a carrier you would also give to a close friend! Old carriers, worn carriers, faded carriers are perfectly ok to send, but please no broken or recalled ones!
Q: Can I include anything along with my carrier?
A: If you like, pin a note to the refugee who will be receiving your carrier by using a paper clip! If your carrier has a pocket, you can also stuff it with items such as: plush toy, baby/toddler socks/hat/mittens, high protein snacks and/or electrolyte or vitamin packets.
Please feel free to visit www.carrythefuture.org for more information. Or go to the Carry the Future, Baby Carrier Donations for Refugees Fb page.