Be Kind to Refugees

$3,595 of $10k goal

Raised by 58 people in 18 months
Charmaine Craig  Abbotsford, BC
My name is Charmaine, I'm a 47 year old grandmother of 3 precious darlings. I love to travel and in May of this year I visited Turkey for my second time. Turkey was as lovely as I remembered but with a huge difference to my previous trip. The amount of Syrian refugees we saw living on the streets was staggering! We at home just do not see what is really going on. I came home with an image I just could not get out of my mind of a little boy living on the streets holding his blankie and knew that somehow I must go back to help in some way. While Turkey has allowed the refugees (over 2 million) to come in as "guests" they either get housed in camps (some families have been stuck there since 2011) . Many choose to live on the streets instead of camps and find menial low pay jobs to save to pay the smugglers to get them out. They are only able to bring one backpack with maybe a change of clothes, baby supplies, a disk of their photo memories however most backpacks are lost at sea, the dingys are unsafe, many life jackets are fake (ripped one open myself, horrified by what I found) they lose their shoes and swim for their lives. Once they get here they have to register then wait days for their number to come up at the police station to get processed. Once they are processed they can purchase a ticket for a ferry to the mainland where they have a long journey ahead of them crossing borders and much walking to get to a country where they can claim refugee status. Their need is great, their need for help is immediate, everything from water, food, clothing, shoes, shampoo, diapers, medicines, money for ferry tickets and buses in countries that allow it. Children are not exempt, everyone must purchase a ticket. There are some great charity organizations along their route, but not enough and sadly some are only helping refugees from particular areas. It's quite odd but it's happening, very sad. I have joined up with a great team from the UK who have been already helping here over the summer. They are wonderful and help anyone and everyone who needs it. I have self funded for the most part and brought over as much as I could I will easily spend all I've got, the need is so great. If any of my fellow Canadians would like to help me help out any little bit is welcomed and much appreciated. All money will be spent on essentials, food, medication, hygiene products, diapers, activities for children, anything at all that a vulnerable refugee would need to relieve their suffering. I can access the funds while here and every penny will go to help. Thank you, love you all.
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Update 7
Posted by Charmaine Craig
14 days ago
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My book is on Amazon! It is now available in most countries.

Please let all your friends know, and have them write book reviews, as more reviews as better it sells. All money raised will go to my humanitarian efforts at home and abroad.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MUA95AL

***This new eBook is intended to raise funds to help families and to provide them with food and warmth. It shows how volunteers helped stranded war refugees on the island of Kos, in Greece***

Helping War Refugees on a Greek Island is available at:

Amazon Canada
https://www.amazon.ca/Helping-Refugees-Greek-Island-Volunteers-ebook/dp/B01MUA95AL

Amazon USA
https://www.amazon.com/Helping-Refugees-Greek-Island-Volunteers-ebook/dp/B01MUA95AL

Amazon Great Britain
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Helping-Refugees-Greek-Island-Volunteers-ebook/dp/B01MUA95AL

Barnes & Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/helping-refugees-on-a-greek-island-charmaine-craig/1125502078?ean=2940154226254

Kobo
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/helping-refugees-on-a-greek-island

Tolino (Europe)
https://www.weltbild.de/artikel/ebook/helping-refugees-on-a-greek-island_22553372-1



Please help with the purchase of this book or a donation to
GoFundMe Winter 2016 Campaign https://www.gofundme.com/bekindtorefugeeswinter2016


Thank you for all of your support!

Love Charmaine

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Update 6
Posted by Charmaine Craig
4 months ago
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Together we can change the world!
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Update 5
Posted by Charmaine Craig
16 months ago
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Hello you wonderful supporters!
Now that I have had a chance to go over my bank statements and credit card bills it is time to update you on where the money you all so graciously donated went. It is a bit tricky to figure out with all the different currency exchanges, I'm putting the overall total in Canadian dollars.

Flight to Kos 1100 US funds
Excess Baggage 140 Euro
Fee to postpone flight home (2 airlines) 395 US funds
Flight from Serbia to Kos 192 Euro

Supplies from home $500 Canadian

All the spending in Kos is in Euros;

My food, laundry, misc stuff 495
Pickpocketed by gypsies 175

Hotel Santa Marina 229
Hotels on route 70
Hotel Oscar 80
Hotel Catherine 126


My ground transportation (bike rental, taxis, buses, train) 205
Rental Car - 2 weeks & fuel 261


Hotel rooms for families 700
Tents 100
Cash to families for their travels 275
Food for families (food for newly arrived and food pool with other volunteers) 595
playing cards and travel games for men 30
disposable razors 120
Children's activities, toys, activities, juice boxes, snacks 295
Backpacks 330
Toques and gloves 175
Socks, underware, children's thermals 130
Shoes 390
Jackets 140

Totals
500 Canadian 1495 US funds 5253 Euro
Exchange of 1.37 for US and 1.51 for the Euro

with exchange totals 500 2048.15 7932.03

Total spending in Canadian $10,480.18


Donations

Be Kind to Refugees $ 3595 Canadian
Cash from Friends at home 125 Canadian
Cash from other Volunteers 150 Euro
Coretech Industries (work) 1100 US Funds

3720 226.5 1507

Total Donations $5,453.50

I am so blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life who donated and shared my mission. I cannot thank everyone enough for all you have done to help. With your generous support I was able to literally help 1000's of people. And each and every one of them appreciated the hands up. A little bit of hope in what can seem a very cruel world means everything to people who have been placed in the most horrible situations imaginable. Hope and faith is the means to keep going, to stay strong and one day be able to provide a better life for the children.

My thanks and love to you all!

PS. I will be going back in the New Year to volunteer wherever I am most needed and I will be pestering all you lovely people again and again until this crisis is over.
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Update 4
Posted by Charmaine Craig
17 months ago
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Thank you for your support! Kind people like yourselves are vital to us volunteers giving the refugees the support they need.
Lunch for Families
Shoes and Socks
Finding Shelter for Families
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$3,595 of $10k goal

Raised by 58 people in 18 months
Created October 14, 2015
AH
$10
Adella Harbar
17 months ago
$20
Anonymous
17 months ago
KH
$50
Kay Hellem
17 months ago

Keep up the wonderful work Char! Love from Oklahoma❤️

EP
$20
Eileen Plunkett
17 months ago
$200
Anonymous
17 months ago
ZD
$10
Zekai Dis
17 months ago
LC
$50
LeeAnne Chistianson
17 months ago
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There are no words really to express how you are impacting lives except that I'm sure they feel you are an Angel in disguise ♥

$50
Anonymous
17 months ago
HB
$25
harper badrytricebock
17 months ago
PO
$50
Paul Orr
17 months ago
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