Ferry after ferry arrives, and there to meet the refugees are volunteers from all over the world.
We represent Carry The Future. And we are ready to help in the way we have chosen.
Other volunteers stand ready with food and fresh drinks. This is Project Soup-Port.
These men speak Arabic and Greek. They are friends. They volunteer together, throwing on the bright green vests when they are at the port so we can send people to them in need of translators.
This is Debbie. She showed up at the port looking to volunteer. She has been an unofficial part of our team for much of the trip. Here Mary demonstrates how we fit a baby carrier.
Below I give you Carry The Future - Team Athens. These are young, local Greek volunteers who live in Athens and volunteer in between work and school. Thank you, friends!
This is Jeff. I realized he was American and started chatting with him as we waited for the ferry to arrive. "I babywore my boys," he nodded seeing the inherent logic in giving babycarriers to refugees.
"Oh, really?" I asked. "Then grab some carriers and lets go!" He jumped right in and held extra carriers in his arms as we fitted families. He took pictures too. Thanks, Jeff!
Sometimes I step back and look at all the people and wonder if we'll ever be able to help all those in need.
The answer is we can't.
But then I think of the Starfish Parable. You know, the one where an old man approaches a young girl on a beach who is throwing starfish back into the sea before they suffocate.
The old man looks incredulously at the millions of starfish and says, "this doesn't matter. You'll never be able to save them all."
And the little girl picks up another starfish, flings it back into the water, and says, "it mattered to that one."
And this one.
It mattered to them.
It mattered to her and her two week old baby.
It mattered here.
It mattered to them.
And to so many others.
Sometimes waiting for the next boat we'd talk about the people that we had only minutes to meet, to touch, to help, and we'd wonder about their lives and where they'll go and if they'll be okay.
And Margaret Mead reminds me, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
Thank you Carry The Future - Team Four for helping me be part of a group of people that is changing the world, one small act at a time.