If you missed my previous year of giving posts, make sure to check out the first post I did in February, which explains it all! Also make sure to check out the other year of giving posts I’ve done so far here.
Here’s the quick version of what I’m doing: There’s a lot of terrible stuff going on right now, and I want to give back in some way to organizations I think are doing good work in my community and in the world. So, for the rest of the year, I’ll be picking a different charity each month to donate a quarter of my monthly affiliate sales earnings to. One of the ways I earn money through my blog is through affiliate sales, which means that I sometimes make a small commission if you purchase items after clicking certain links on my blog. My commission is at no extra cost to you, either, so it’s a great way for people to contribute a small amount to charities that are important to them without making a direct donation (I know a lot of people are feeling donation fatigue lately). Amazon is the primary way I make affiliate earnings, so if you click my uniquely coded Amazon links before you make an Amazon purchase, I will receive a small commission of 4 to 6 percent of the sale’s total. And then a quarter of all of my monthly earnings will go to the month’s charity.
I originally said that to be picked as a charity for the year of charitable giving, the charity must have a 4/4 rating on Charity Navigator…but I changed my mind after learning about April’s charity, Carry the Future. (It doesn’t have a bad rating on Charity Navigator; it just isn’t rated.) Massive thanks to my dear friend Lisa for telling me about this charity!
Here’s the organization’s mission statement: “Carry the Future stands in solidarity with refugee families worldwide by personally providing humanitarian aid to ease their journey while creating meaningful opportunities for global volunteers to be a collective force of action and hope.”
Carry The Future began in September 2015 when Founder Cristal Logothetis saw the heart-wrenching picture of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian child who drowned while his family was trying to reach safety in Greece. Like any normal person, the photo broke Cristal’s heart into a million pieces. She started researching and realized that refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries are often forced to walk hundreds of miles, often in bad weather or through dangerous passages, carrying small children in their arms. Cristal saw the potential positive impact a baby carrier could have on the lives of refugees, and she immediately began asking for donated carriers through Facebook, also launching an Indiegogo campaign to collect funds to ship the carriers to the Greek island of Kos, where she has relatives who agreed to distribute them.
The response to Cristal’s call to action was overwhelming, and her efforts made national headline news within two weeks. Within 30 days, her efforts raised $42,000, and she received over 3,000 donated baby carriers. Thanks to social media, Cristal was soon armed with a team of volunteers, many of whom were strangers from across the globe. Carry the Future was born. Since then, both the refugee crisis and Carry the Future have evolved drastically. The group now operates with a volunteer staff of over 100 and sends teams of volunteers to distribute aid to refugee families living in refugee camps and settlements around the world.
Carry the Future volunteers have collected and personally distributed over 14,000 wearable baby and toddler carriers (!) and thousands of other things such as baby beds, blankets, and seasonal gear. And when I say delivered, I mean really delivered…monthly, volunteers travel around the globe from their homes with baby carriers as their luggage to distribute to refugee families in dire need. This unique model avoids delays in shipment, customs issues, and the potential unsafe use of the carriers and beds that are distributed.
If you want to learn more about Carry the Future, make sure to check out their FAQs page, their blog, and their donations page. Specifically, you can check out out the drop-off locations map here (locations in the U.S. and Europe). And for some reason if you are a crazy person and don’t really understand the scale of the current refugee crisis, check out their trip journals page. And cry a little. 🙁
HOW YOU CAN HELP ME RAISE MONEY
If you’d like to help me raise money for Carry the Future, all you have to do is make sure to click my Amazon link before doing your Amazon shopping! It will put a cookie in your browser with a tracking ID, and I’ll earn between 4 and 6 percent of your total sale at no extra cost to you. If you already have a cart of goodies, click the link and refresh your browser before you place your order.
You can also check out what the current needs are on their on their Get Involved page. And if you want to buy a baby or toddler carrier, bed, or blanket, click one of the links below, and you’ll be able to double dip your donation by getting something to donate and sending a portion of the sale over to me to donate!