While baby carriers are relatively common in our neighborhood, refugees fleeing violence from the civil war in Syria are lacking basic necessities when needing to walk great distances with their children.
Last December, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams traveled to a site located in Turkey nearby the Syrian border. During his time there, he witnessed the daily sufferings taking place in refugee camps.
BP Adams has teamed up with small business owners throughout Brooklyn to launch a collection drive for baby carriers, which provide a safe and comfortable way to carry infants and toddlers.
Neighbors are asked to donate new or gently-used, soft-structured baby carriers (with clasps/harnesses — not wraps or slings).
Along with Brooklyn Borough Hall (209 Joralemon Street), six local businesses will collect carriers through March 4, 2016.
Local drop-off businesses include:
Lulu’s Then and Now, 187 Fourth Avenue (Park Slope)
Copy Cottage, 249 Smith Street (Cobble Hill)
You may also drop off at these other businesses throughout Brooklyn:
Brooklyn Farmacy, 513 Henry Street (Carroll Gardens)
Clementine Bakery, 299 Greene Avenue (Clinton Hill)
Wild Was Mama, 272 Driggs Avenue (Williamsburg)
Baby/Mama, 9002 Third Avenue (Bay Ridge)
Volunteers from Carry the Future, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides support to Syrian refugees, will then fit families in Greece with the carriers.
The civil war in Syria has killed over 250,000 people and has displaced another four million people in camps throughout the region.