Baby Carriers for refugee families

(13 Posts)
CarriersForKos Thu 24-Nov-16 20:23:23

Over the past year I have been running a charity projct with the aim of providing baby carriers and maternity supplies to families in crisis in the refugee movement. These families are often travelling many uncertain miles with no way of carrying their infants and toddlers.

My aim is to give what small respite I can in the form of baby carriers, to take the strain off tired arms and help babies feel more secure in some gruelling circumstances. So far I have sent almost 1000 donated carriers to Samos, Chios, camps near Athens and into Syria. I have also co ordinated a project to send 200 Maternity Boxes - containing clothes and newborn essentials - to mothers travelling pregnant with no provisions for the birth of their babies.

As media interest ebbs, the need remains strong and so I'm reaching out to the mothers here to see if any of you have any unused or unwanted baby carriers that we can send on to those in desperate need. I also work closely with collection points all over the UK to collect and send warm clothes for the cold European winters that people of Middle Eastern origin are simply not prepared to deal with. If you have warm clothes, coats, jumpers and particularly sturdy and waterproof shoes I can point you in the right direction to donate them.

I'm presently collecting for a container going out in mid December, and really need all the help I can get! I also have a fundraiser that can be found at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/carriers-for-kos-winter-appeal
This also contains much more information about what we do and links to our facebook groups and website.

Thanks for reading x

monsterbookofty Thu 24-Nov-16 20:42:07

Unused? Do they have to be new?

Mummyamy123 Thu 24-Nov-16 20:45:25

Any drop off points near Liverpool, for adults and children's clothes?? And do the carriers have to be new?xx

Mummyamy123 Thu 24-Nov-16 20:51:12

I will donate tomorrow (payday) too. Those poor mothers 💔

kimlo Thu 24-Nov-16 20:54:22

I think she means unused as in not being used now, not that they have to be new.

ChocolateForAll Thu 24-Nov-16 20:54:29

Do you have a Facebook page? I'd love to share it. I know lots of people who'd donate used ones.

CarriersForKos Thu 24-Nov-16 21:04:36

Hello! This is a lovely response. We do indeed have a facebook page, where you can keep up to date on the prgress of the project, and we run little raffles every now and then to fundraise. I (Rebekah) can be contacted directly via the fb group and there's a postbox thread to get the address to send carriers and clothes.

Carriers don't have to be new, as long as they're in safe working condition. Here's the fb group, and thanks for responding everyone x

www.facebook.com/groups/878450718889374/

monsterbookofty Thu 24-Nov-16 21:05:09

Thanks Kimlo. I am tired today smile
I have one to donate. I got it for free so would be nice for it to help someone else.

LauraPalmersBodybag Thu 24-Nov-16 21:10:57

I don't have a spare unfortunately but this is a really fantastic initiative. Just here to say well done and keep the thread active. flowers

CarriersForKos Tue 29-Nov-16 19:21:53

Good evening!

Carriers for Kos are gearing up to send out a shipment, but we're short on cash to ensure we can start up another in the new year. Please, have a look at our fundraiser, see what we're doing and what we've achieved so far.

There are a lot of families in Syria that desperately need our help and we aim to try and make their difficult journies that little bit easier.

Feel free to share to any pages or groups you feel might be interested in supporting our cause. Thank you.

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/carriers-for-kos-winter-appeal

welshgirlwannabe Tue 29-Nov-16 19:33:35

Hi. I never thought of donating a carrier. Mine is such a lifeline to me, and my life is so easy compared to what others go through :-(

I'll donate a stretchy wrap and some money but unfortunately I don't have much spare to give.

Just a bit of a stupid question but do you think that a kari me type stretchy sling is useful? Only that if you're not sure how to use it it just seems like yards of fabric. Do you need a diagram or instructions with the sling?

It's a good thing you're doing. Thanks for bringing it to my attention

CarriersForKos Tue 29-Nov-16 20:26:30

We repack all slings with pictorial, English and Arabic instructions. We try to send stretchies out with trained babywearing consultants who're volunteering on the gound, although they've been discarded before for being tricky to use.

As we like to make absolutely sure every sling will get used, if we don't have any specialists we either send them onto new mothers in hostels and refuges who're struggling to bond with their babies. If both these avenues aren't possible we sell them on to fundraise. Either way, we can certainly use stretchies!

welshgirlwannabe Wed 30-Nov-16 09:54:19

Ok thanks for answering my question. It was brilliant with my new born and easy once you get the hang of it. So sad to think of what the next mum who uses it might be going through :-( I'll ask my friends if they have any to donate. Their were quite a lot of close caboos going around at one point. Also some shaped carriers, like cheaper bjorns. I'll see if people want to donate them.

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