Thousands of families and children are fleeing terrorism and the war in Syria and other parts of the Middle East. On average, 9,000 Syrian refugees are arriving to Greece daily, according to a news release. An estimated one third are children. The journey of refugees is long and hard and mostly by foot. The organization Carry the Future ( collects used and new soft structured baby carriers and provides them to mothers and fathers who are fleeing the war who are carrying their babies with them.

Mid Coast Hospital and the Longley Health Center (Dr. James Kneebone Harpswell) are supporting these efforts by collecting baby carriers. Carriers donated before Feb. 4 will be brought to Greece the following week by Jennifer Gunderman-King, a Maine resident, who will be traveling to Greece with Carry the Future Feb. 8-17 to assist with distribution of baby carriers and other basic supplies to refugees on their journey to safety.

Gunderman and her team will be taking hundreds of carriers stuffed with baby hats, socks and granola bars to Greece. Accepted donations include new or gently used Soft Structured Carriers, any carrier that has clasps or harnesses as well as Mei Tai.

Go to for more information.To find a donation site, become a Maine volunteer, or for assistance with being a collection site, please contact the Maine Carry the Future volunteer Jenn Gunderman at [email protected] or (207) 505-1452.

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