Local moms support refugees with baby carrier collection drive

VIDEO: Local moms support refugees with baby carrier collection drive

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Some Lowcountry moms are uniting in grassroots efforts to support the nonprofit Carry the Future, which distributes baby carriers to displaced refugees in Europe.
"It was really scary to feel like these people were really desperate with nowhere to go," Vanessa Gongora said. Gongora discovered Carry the Future, a 501c3, and connected with three other women to organize a local collection drive in Charleston.
The baby carriers allow parents to remain hands-free when traveling, as well as keep babies close and secure.

 Amber Allen, also a drive coordinator, said the carriers also allow parents to use spare hands for carrying belongings. "A lot of families have babies, in addition to toddlers," Allen said. "They're wearing one baby on the front and another on the back."

The local drive runs Dec. 14 – Dec. 17, at various locations (below). The group is accepting new or gently used Soft Structured Carriers (SSCs), any carrier that has clasps or harnesses (such as Baby Bjorn, Kolcraft, MobyGo and Ergo), as well as Mei Tais (square cloth with four ties). 
Organizers hope this little bit of physical support will provide comfort to refugee families. "If I was in that situation, I would feel so much relief knowing that my child was safe and my hands were free," Allen said.
Drop-off locations are below for local donations. Donations can also be made directly to Carry the Future via www.carrythefuture.org.

(Please check https://www.facebook.com/events/930472113695276/ for updates)

The ART Place Studio (next to Ribofusion)
Dec. 15-17, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
2300 Clements Ferry Road, Suite 204, 29492

Magnifilous Toy Emporium (10% off for carrier donors!)
Dec 16-17th, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
525 King Street, 29401

The Modern Connection, LLC
Dec 14-15th, 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
49 Calhoun Street, 29401

Children's Discovery Center of South Carolina- Pick-ups at BOTH centers
Dec 14-17th, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
1110 Venning Road, 29464 AND 
3300 Stockdale Road, 29466

Charleston Birth Place
Dec 14-17th, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Closed 12P-1:30P for lunch)
9133 Timber Street, 29406

Charleston Community Yoga
Dec 14: 5:30-6 p.m. and 7:15-7:30 p.m.
Dec. 15: 9-9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-noon, 4-4:30 p.m., 5:30-6 p.m., 7:15-7:30 p.m.
Dec. 16: 9-9:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 5:30-6 p.m., 7:15-7:30 p.m.
Dec. 17: 9-9:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 4-4:30 p.m., 5:30-6 p.m., 7:15-7:30 p.m.
815 Savannah Hwy #102, 29407

Dec 14-17th, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
140 W Richardson Ave, 29483
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