It’s a positively heartbreaking situation: Syrian refugees are arriving in Greece by the boatload quite literally. If they survive the first part of the journey, they can then face hundreds of miles of strolling to reach their next destination.
If you watch the news footage, you may notice something:
There are lots of Syrian moms, papas, and caregivers with newborns.
Babies too young to walk.
Babies that must be carried …
…and carried. Despite cold and exhaustion.
California mom Cristal Logothetis noticed. After she saw the viral photo of the young Syrian boy who drowned as his family was trying to reach safety, she like so many of us was deeply moved.
“When I find that painting, I didn’t just see a little boy face-down on the sand, ” Logothetis told “Today.” “I find what could have been my son.”
When we’re so overwhelmed with emotion, it’s easy to feeling paralyzed. What can I possibly do in the face of so much tragedy?
So much! We can do so much.
Logothetis wasn’t merely moved emotionally; she was moved to do something . “It obligated me into action, ” she said. And action is what she took.
Logothetis started to collect baby carriers* to deliver to the Syrian families arriving in Greece with newborns and young children.
* You know, those things we Americans like to use for convenience to keep our hands free or bonding with our newborns, often referring to the practice as baby-wearing .
At first, she didn’t think her schemes would go very far. But she was wrong. So. Very. Wrong.
Tons of people were more than happy to help. In fact, they were honored to do so, with many attaching notes of encouragement and love to the donated carriers.
In addition to receiving donated carriers, Logothetis collected thousands and thousands of dollars to purchase them.
After Logothetis had collected enough carriers to make a difference, she and 10 other moms headed to Greece.
There, they met families coming off barges and taught the moms and dads how to use the donated carriers.
Perhaps nearly as significant to the refugee families as the actual physical help is the simple knowledge that people care.
“All they’re trying to do is get to a better place and protect their family, ” Logothetis said. ” Not merely do they have a problem solved for them by receiving a carrier, but they realize that people care about them, that people want to help . ”
One thing is for sure: A whole lot of people want to help.
“People out there, they genuinely care. They do. They merely need the right opportunity to get involved, ” Logothetis said. “If everybody does something , no matter how small or big, there will always be a positive impact on this planet.”
It’s easy to feeling overwhelmed in times of crisis. Sometimes, though, it’s merely a matter of seeming in the right place.
As beloved TV personality Mister Rogers said: “Whenever there would be any catastrophe …[ my mama] would say, ‘Always look for the helpers. There will always be helpers.’ … Because if you look for the helpers, you’ll know that there’s hope.”
Well, we’re looking at the helpers. And that entails there’s hope.
If you’re interested in helping furnish carriers for Syrian refugee families, you can visit the Carry the Future Facebook page to learn more about where to send your gently used carrier( or where to donate money ).
And there are so many other easy ways to help! You can visit this page to find other organizations who are helping refugees and need support.
Watch the helpers from Carry the Future in this wonderful “Today” feature:
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