If you haven’t been paying attention to the refugee crisis, it’s probably time to start.
People are dying. Babies and children are dying.
One of these children was 3 year old Aylan, who was found washed up on a Turkish beach. He, his brother and his parents had endured an 800 mile trek across Turkey so they could pay to get on a boat headed for Kos, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. The boat capsized, and only Aylan’s father survived.
I’m sure you’ve seen the photos of Aylan’s body on the beach. They are gut wrenching. Two of my sons just turned 4; just a little older than Aylan. To imagine making that journey, realizing that none of us may make it alive but knowing that it was our best option…
Six hundred refugees arrive in Kos every day with more danger ahead as they hope to travel on and enter the EU, or possibly Canada or America.
Here’s where you come in.
The best chance these babies and children have for survival is to stay close to their parents. Nonprofits who are working with these refugees have requested baby carriers to distribute to pregnant mothers and families with young children.
For local residents, I will be collecting ring slings and other soft carriers to ship to Kos Kindness, who is on the front lines, getting supplies to refugees. My goal is to send 20 carriers. If you have one collecting dust somewhere, or see one at a deep discount at a thrift store and want to purchase it for a refugee, you can drop it off with me and I will ship it with the others.
This is an easy way to make a real difference to Syrian refugees. Please, Bozeman area friends, share with the locals you know so we can reach this goal. We should be able to collect 20 carriers easily! I’m giving it two weeks, and then I’ll ship whatever I have.
For those of you who are not local, there are many people all over the country willing to collect carriers and ship them.
Here’s the running list. If you see only a name, you may need to search on facebook so you can make contact.
Alma Ibarra– So-Cal Babywearers
Melinda Ciaccia – BWI of Chicagoland
Christmas Somers – Babywearing International NYC
Azure Klein – Denton, TX drop off
Adelia Malmuth Hunt – San Francisco Bay Area
Stacey Holbrook Olson – East Dallas, TX
Nicole Davis – Quantico Area Babywearers
Julie Gordon- Indianapolis. Please drop off at The Hope Source during business hours: 7739 E 88TH ST Indianapolis 46256
Jackie Tavera Greene- Columbia, SC Babywearers of the Midlands
Jenifer Ramirez (OFGMM) – Denver, CO
Amanda McClary – Babywearing International of Greater Burlington (VT)
Emily Wade – Babywearing in Southeast Missouri
Stephanie Kosmalski Stoll – Blue Cocoon in Cincinnati, OH.
Jessica Margrave Schirm – BWI of Central Iowa
Maggie Jennings – Temecula, CA
Capri Jazz Ryan – Minot Babywearing Group of Minot, ND
Brooke Bateman-Plumb – BWI of Madison, WI
Caroline King Bollman– The Napa Valley Babywearing Group
Julienne M-v – Ventura County California Babywearing Group
Jaime Christine – Buffalo NY- drop at Piver Center for Women’s Health and Wellness 2121 Main St. 9-4 M-F
Erikah Messamer- Onslow County Babywearers
Whimsical and Witty – Elizabethton, TN
Sarah Johnson – Lubbock TX and surrounding areas
Callie Lee – Oui Oui! Cloth Diapers – Tulsa, OK drop off
Grace Potts- St. Ambrose Catholic Worker, Saginaw, MI
Erin Smith, Abilene, TX (Big Country area) https://www.facebook.com/groups/1422756791323954/
Lindsay Jones – BWI of Central MD and Baltimore Babywearing – downtown Baltimore, MD
Natalia Lannawitz – Babywearers of South Central PA can drop of at Om Baby in Camp Hill
If there is no one near you, you can certainly ship to me, or to
Old Fashioned Girl Modern Mama
PO Box 271556
Littleton, CO 80127
For my address, please request it in the comments, or use the email on the sidebar, and I will send it to you privately.
Please consider helping, if not by giving a baby carrier, then by one of the many other ways. This article has lots of practical suggestions.