Baby Caravan Goes Global with Carry the Future

The current global events have been so heavy on my heart- especially the images of families and children and babies displaced. I'm inspired to have found Carry the Future, a grassroots, volunteer group hand-delivering baby carriers refugees arriving in Greece.

I know money is always needed and a welcome form of relief- but the person to person connection CTF creates is very heart warming. I love the vision and now reality of sending a baby carrier, across the world, with a note of encouragement to reach a family directly.

I know this won't change the immediate reality of the refugees journey- but it will help families while they are on their journey. Especially after so many have lost so much, if not everything. Baby Caravan is organizing a carrier drive to donate baby carriers to refugees arriving in Europe. We plan to either ship them to Carry the Future's headquarters in California- or deliver them to a local volunteer who will hand deliver the carriers to refugees arriving in Greece.

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Interested? Want to help? Please read the FAQs provided by CTF below. We currently have two drop offs scheduled during our regular New Moms Happy Hour times. Also feel free to email us at info@babycaravan.com if you'd like to make arrangements to donate a "SSC" carrier.


From CTF: FAQ’s ON BABY CARRIERS FOR 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: Where should I send it to?
A: Bring your carrier to a Baby Caravan meet-up and we'll ship them all together, or mail your carrier to:
C/O Carry The Future 121 W. Lexington Drive Suite L106D
Glendale, CA 91203

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.

Q: Can I donate other items like toys or clothing to Carry The Future?
A: No. At this time we are only accepting soft structured baby carriers and monetary donations. We are a very new organization, with 501c3 status pending, so we have to be very cost effective. Sending clothing and toys by plane with our volunteers is very costly, and we would rather spend our limited funds on carriers!

Q: Can I join you on a future trip/volunteer with your organization?
A: Absolutely! The first thing you should do, is collect donated carriers from your friends and family and have them all pitch in for shipping costs. Also, liking and sharing our social media accounts and fundraisers is extremely helpful. Lastly, you can add yourself to the event at this link for support and advice:https://www.facebook.com/events/408211092711174/

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