ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico mothers are reaching out to moms around the world. It’s called operation “Carry the Future”, a national non-profit that the owner of Other Mothers consignment shop got involved in after her own personal experience.
Owner Melinda Wetzel saw first-hand what refugees had to endure after a trip to Istanbul a year and a half ago. “The refugees were just starting to pour over the border at that time. You’d see whole families that you knew were dignified families that didn’t have anywhere to go and there really were no programs for them,” said Wetzel.
Wetzel saw two mothers from California, with a similar experience, began collecting baby carriers and decided she needed to get involved.
Over the past month, Wetzel has been collecting gently used baby carriers from mothers throughout New Mexico. “The need is so great for what they have and what they need that it’s just one small part. It will make a difference in these families that get a carrier. It will make a difference in how they manage,” said Wetzel.
Often time refugees are walking with nowhere to go and giving a mother or a father a baby carrier frees up their hands to carry other things that they may have grab before fleeing. Wetzel says that since she speaks Arabic, she would love to go overseas to teach these mothers how to use a baby carrier.
So far, other mothers have collected 45 baby carriers.
If you have any gently used carriers, you can drop them off at either Albuquerque location: 5001 Montgomery Blvd NE or 10131 Coors Blvd NW.
If you don’t have a carrier and still want to get involved, you can donate money to:
Carry the Future
121 Lexington Dr. Suite L 106G
Glendale, CA 91203