We've all seen photographs, news reports and videos featuring the hundreds of thousands of displaced people of all ages and abilities that have been forced to flee their war-torn region. We've witnessed heart wrenching images of drowned children, mourning parents, and devastated lives. I have no trouble imagining myself and my children, or yours, among them. I know that we owe our comfort and safety only to an accident of history and of geography.
There is very little that any one of us can do to help, but together we can make a small degree of difference. As a member and co-director of the New England-based non-profit Carry Me Home, I've been among a steadily growing group of people engaged in modest attempts to support the needs of child refugees by sending needed supplies.
In late February I will be traveling to the Greek island of Chios, to volunteer for 10 days with two teams that provide food and clothes to refugees in the town-based camp. I'll be financing the cost of my travel expenses myself, but want to raise funds to purchase locally whatever supplies are particularly needed. Typical needs at the camp range from socks and boots to baby bottles, sleeping bags, blankets, diapers, food and fuel. We ship when it is cost effective to do so, but it is impractical to send such items in bulk -- they are available on the island inexpensively, and purchasing them locally has the benefit of contributing to the local economy.
Please help me and Carry Me Home help the refugees on Chios. Donate whatever funds you can. Thank you very much!
(Note that Carry Me Home is a 501c3 non-profit -- and that your donations will be tax deductible. I'll be documenting all purchases.)