FAQ

Answers to your questions.

Donations

How can I make a monetary donation?

You can make a donation via http://www.carrythefuture.org/donate/

How much of the donated money makes it to the families in need?

Carry the Future is a grassroots organization dedicated to personally distributing donated baby and toddler carriers and baby boxes to families fleeing their homeland and trying to get to safety, currently the families we aid reside in refugee camps in Europe. Our mission is to provide this service in the most cost efficient ways possible. Thanks to the commitment of our volunteers, who travel at their own expense and donate their time, and to the support of our corporate sponsors, we are operating with minimal overhead costs. If you would like more information please contact eric@carrythefuture.org

Which do you need more, money or carriers?

Carry the Future is grateful for donations of both money and carriers. Currently there is a great need for larger-sized, toddler carriers and for baby beds. Carry the Future can purchase baby beds at discounted rates in bulk with the funds donated (CarrytheFuture.org/donate).
Financial donations are also used to help with distribution trip expenses, shipping expenses, storage expenses and general overhead.

Can I send you a check? Who should I make it out to and where should I send it?

Yes, checks are gratefully accepted and can be sent to headquarters:
Carry the Future
121 W. Lexington Drive Suite L106G, Glendale, CA 91203.

If I make a donation in the name of someone else, will you notify them of the donation?

If you make a donation via our website, please provide us with the name and contact information of the person you are honoring. You will be emailed an acknowledgement that you can then forward or give to the recipient.

What types of aid can I include with my carrier to donate?

We are accepting letters of love and encouragement, small plush toys, and new packaged pacifiers. Pack all items separately in a sealed plastic bag.

Can I send clothing or food?

At this time we are only accepting donations of toddler carriers and financial support to allow us to distribute aid.

Do you guys recommend certified mail, or any other mail categories, for sending in bundled donation checks?

We do not have a specific recommendation. We have not had any issues with regular USPS, as a safeguard, we recommend sending certified/insured.

How do I send donations directly to Greece?

Purchase an Ikea Dimpa bag – item #100.567.70. Pack 25 – 40 carriers into the bag. Zip closed and bind zipper pulls together with a plastic cable tie. Tape down handles/straps to the side of the bag with packing tape. Place inside a packing box. If possible weigh the box and make sure it is 44 lbs or less.
Take to USPS. If your box is right at 44 lbs, without going over, it should ship for around $166. Once the USPS weighs them at 44 lbs or less, we recommend that you go back home and go on line to USPS.com and use their online print and ship option for international. This should save approximately 13%. Always use the priority mail international and NOT priority mail EXPRESS international. The price difference is about $90 on a 44lb box. Return to the post office to ship.
Ship to: Margarita Continakis c/o P.O. Box 66504 NEO PSYHIKO 15402, ATHENS, Greece. Phone: +30-210-6785717.
Declare value of goods as $0.00.
Mark shipment as “Humanitarian Donation”. Shipping costs will be around $4/lb from USA to Greece.
Advise CTF baby carrier directors about shipment date and quantity.

Can I donate other items like toys or clothing to Carry the Future?

No. At this time we are only accepting soft structured baby and toddler carriers (such as ergo and tula) and monetary donations.
We are a very new organization, so we have to be very cost effective. Sending clothing and toys by plane with our volunteers is very costly, and we would rather spend our limited funds on distributing carriers! You can, however, put small items (listed above) in a bag along with your donated carrier.

Should I ask for donations through eBay and Craigslist?

It is important to not solicit for carriers or donations through these sites. It can reflect poorly on Carry the Future and result in you being blocked from these sites.

Is my donation to CTF tax deductable?

Our 501 (c)3 status is granted and Carry the Future is officially a public charity. All monetary donations could be tax deductible retroactive to September 15th, 2015. Please check with your tax professional to ensure your donation is eligible.

What is the 501(C)3 status?

The most common type of tax-exempt nonprofit organization falls under category 501(c)(3), whereby a nonprofit organization is exempt from federal income tax if its activities have charitable purposes.

General Information

When are you going to start serving refugees in other parts of Europe or the Middle East?

The Carry the Future international volunteer staff members, and our volunteers on the ground in Greece, are keeping a close eye on the news regarding the current crisis. We are definitely interested in expanding to other countries where refugees are in need of aid. As a new organization we must be mindful and consider that the needs of refugees in middle eastern displacement camps is very different from those who are arriving in or staying in temporary camps in Greece.

We are proud to be a grassroots organization with a strong and flexible volunteer force who are able to mobilize quickly. For now we are focusing our efforts on helping those we know will benefit from baby and toddler carriers. We will follow the refugee’s journeys and expedite our volunteers to the safest places that we can in order to continue our mission of being a force of action and hope and providing humanitarian aid to refugee families.

Why does the CTF Logo include written Arabic and what does it say/convey?

A large portion of the refugees we interact with are Arabic speakers. The Arabic words in our logo convey the name of Carry the Future.

My friend/boss/stranger told me we were helping terrorists. Asked why don’t we help people in our own country/etc? How can I respond to them?

Carry the Future stands in solidarity with refugee families worldwide by personally providing humanitarian aid to ease their journey while empowering and creating meaningful opportunities for global volunteers to be a collective force of action and hope. The mission of Carry the Future is to provide aid to children.

Donate a Carrier FAQs

What types of unused and gently used baby carriers does Carry the Future accept?

Carry the Future accepts specific types of Soft Structured Carriers (SSCs) and Bei Dais/Meh Dais (formerly called Mei Tais.)

  • Soft Structured Carriers (SSCs) are carriers with buckles. Carry the Future accepts all styles of SSCs from the following brands:
    • Baby Bjorn (Baby Carrier One is preferred)
    • Beco
    • Boba
    • Ergobaby
    • LILLEbaby
    • Kinderpack
    • Lenny Lamb
    • Manduca
    • Mothers on the Move
    • Tula
    • Carry the Future also accepts the following models:
      • Infantino Cuddle Up
      • Infantino Flip
      • Infantino Flip Advanced
      • Infantino Gather
      • Infantino Upscale
      • Moby Go
  • Bei Dais/Meh Dais (Mei Tais) consist of a square panel with four straps. Carry the Future accepts the following Bei Dais/Meh Dais (Mei Tais):
    • BabyHawk Mei Dai
    • BB-Tai
    • Cybex Yema
    • DidyTai
    • Ellaroo Mei Tai
    • Fidella Fly Tai
    • Infantino Sash
    • Lenny Lamb Wrap Tai
    • Moby Mei Dai
    • Pikkolo Buckle Tai
    • Other Canvas or Wrap Conversion Bei Dais/Meh Dais (Mei Tais)

What types of baby carriers is Carry the Future unable to accept?

Carry the Future is unable to accept Soft Structured Carriers from brands not listed on the Carry the Future website, stretchy wraps, woven wraps, ring slings, buckle onbuhimos, pouches, metal-framed hiking carriers, homemade carriers and other carriers without buckles or ties.

Carry the Future is also unable to accept recalled or damaged carriers. To check if your carrier has been recalled, enter the make, model and date on manufacturer tag into your favorite search engine.

Faded or discolored carriers ARE acceptable. 

Why doesn’t Carry the Future accept stretchy wraps, woven wraps, ring slings, buckle onbuhimos, pouches, metal-framed hiking carriers, homemade carriers and other carriers without buckles or ties?

Soft Structured Carriers and Bei Dais/Meh Dais (formerly called Mei Tais) are considerably more user-friendly, easier to adjust and have a much shorter learning curve than other types of carriers. They can also be comfortably used across a wide variety of weights and ages and are ergonomic for both parents and children. In addition, Carry the Future volunteers have a very limited amount of time to fit each refugee with a carrier and we want to ensure that the families receiving carriers are able to receive instructions on proper use to ensure the safety of the child, comfort of the wearer and longevity of the carrier. Carry the Future has found that Soft Structured Carriers and Bei Dais/Meh Dais (Mei Tais) are the most practical carrier for our distribution purposes. 

Why doesn’t Carry the Future accept Soft Structured Carriers from brands not listed?

Carry the Future volunteers operate in a variety of conditions in which providing carriers that are similar in style and function is essential to ensure the safety of the child, comfort of the wearer and longevity of the carrier. These conditions include having a very limited amount of time (often less than two minutes) to fit each refugee with a carrier, individually fitting parents following a large group demonstration and fitting parents who speak a different language from the instructor. Over time, Carry the Future has identified Soft Structured Carriers that fall into specific categories to enable our volunteers to most effectively teach refugee parents how to safely wear their children. 

My carrier is damaged or recalled. May I send it to Carry the Future?

Carry the Future is also unable to accept recalled or damaged carriers because of safety considerations. To check if your carrier has been recalled, enter the make, model and date on manufacturer tag into your favorite search engine.

Faded or discolored carriers ARE acceptable. 

May I send my homemade carrier to Carry the Future?

Carry the Future is unable to accept homemade carriers.

How should I prepare my carrier for shipping?

  1. Remove packaging and tags from unused carriers.
  2. Inspect gently used baby carriers to ensure they are clean and functional.
  3. Empty carrier pockets.
  4. Fasten buckles and attach any accessories.
  5. Place a personal note in a carrier pocket or attach to the carrier using clear packaging tape, if desired.
  6. Package carrier in a large padded envelope, a Tyvek envelope or a box.
  7. Send carrier to one of our Receiving Centers.

Where should I send my donated carrier?

US DONATIONS:  

DC RECEIVING CENTER:
Carry The Future ℅ Cubesmart
Unit # 1034
6875 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22213

INTERNATIONAL DONATIONS:

INTERNATIONAL RECEIVING CENTER:
Carry the Future ℅ Margarita Continakis
P.O. BOX 65504
NEO PSYHIKO 15402
ATHENS, GREECE

What is the best way to ship carriers to Carry the Future in the US and Canada?

Carry the Future recommends shipping carriers to our US Receiving Centers via USPS, Canada Post, UPS or FedEx in a large padded envelope, a Tyvek envelope or a box. Unused carriers may be removed from their original packaging to make shipping more cost-effective.

Please check with your local USPS, Canada Post, UPS or FedEx for the most cost effective shipping option based on your location and the size and weight of your package.

I live outside the US and Canada. What is the best way to ship my carrier to Carry the Future?

Carry the Future recommends shipping carriers to our International Receiving Center via your local post office in a large padded envelope, a Tyvek envelope or a box. Unused carriers may be removed from their original packaging to make shipping more cost-effective. Please check with your local post office for the most cost effective shipping option based on your location and the size and weight of your package.

Please list as humanitarian aid valued at $0 on the customs declaration.

Should I clean my gently used baby carrier prior to shipping to Carry the Future?

Please wash gently used baby carriers according to manufacturer instructions in pillow cases or sealable laundry bags to prevent damage to buckles and seams.

May I send homemade baby carrier covers to Carry the Future?

Carry the Future is able to accept homemade baby carrier covers made from fabrics without characters (e.g. Santa, Disney characters). Buckle or tie covers are acceptable. Waterproof covers are preferred, but not required. 

What should I include with my carrier?

Place a personal note in a carrier pocket or attach to the carrier using clear packaging tape, if desired. Don’t worry about translating to Arabic or Farsi. Some refugees speak English and for those that don’t it is clear that a handwritten note extends love and best wishes for their journey.

Please do NOT include any food or perishable items, toys, clothing or blankets.

Is there anything I should not include with my carrier?

 Please do NOT include any food or perishable items, toys, clothing or blankets.

May I host a carrier drive?

Carry the Future runs collection drives for very specific items, including carriers, over the course of the year. Please visit our volunteer page or join our volunteer group on Facebook for more information about current and upcoming collection drives. Financial donations to help Carry the Future purchase carriers and other aid items are also accepted on our donation page.

I don’t have an unused or gently used carrier. How can I provide Carry the Future with a carrier?

Please visit the Carry the Future donation page. $25 can help us purchase and hand-deliver one toddler carrier. 

How else can I get involved with Carry the Future?

Please visit our website http://www.carrythefuture.org/, join our volunteer group on Facebook or follow Carry the Future on your favorite social media platform for information about additional ways to get involved. 

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact collections@carrythefuture.org with questions regarding carrier donations.