California-based Carry the Future collects donated soft-structured carriers like Baby Bjorn, Snugli, Infantino, Ergo and Tula and personally distributes them to refugees arriving in Greece from war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq.
More than a million refugees from these areas have now entered Europe, often making much of their journey on foot. Baby carriers can help keep infants and toddlers physically and emotionally safe, and free up parents’ and siblings’ arms to carry possessions or help other family members.
The group also welcomes donations that can fit inside the pockets of baby carriers: toddler- and baby-sized winter hats, mittens and socks; small plush toys and protein bars.
Donations in the Twin Cities are packaged by volunteers, then routed through Madison, Wis., and Chicago before more volunteers take them abroad.
To donate a carrier or other item, please contact a volunteer at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange drop-off or pick-up.
Carry the Future cannot accept wrap-style, sling or ring carriers, or hard-structured backpack carriers. Find more information at carrythefuture.org.