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More Than 15,000 Backpacks and Strollers Delivered to Child Refugees

October 3, 2016

Update: 

As the global refugee crisis continues, FedEx team members in the Netherlands have continued to collect needed supplies for children who have been affected by the war.  What started as donations of backpacks filled with toys has now expanded to include baby strollers – something many refugee parents have gone without.  Working with the non-profit organization Bag to the Future, FedEx has now gathered more than 15,000 backpacks and 200 strollers.

Original Post:

When they saw television footage of child refugees escaping war in Syria and arriving in Europe with only the clothes they were wearing, FedEx team members in the Netherlands felt compelled to act. Working alongside ‘Bag to the Future’, a local non-profit initiative designed to help child refugees, seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something to help, and the FedEx team jumped at the chance to get involved.

Bag to the Future’s charitable mission is simple, yet effective—work with organizations to fill backpacks with toys and other items that might help a terrified, traumatized child feel at home on a new continent. And FedEx team members in the Netherlands did just that, donating over 350 backpacks.

“Children should play with their friends in their own environment, so if we can help to make life just a little bit better for them, with a small bag of toys and drawings, we are very happy to help them” said Joost van Hapert.

But the involvement went beyond filling the backpacks. Armed with logistics expertise, the FedEx team also offered advice on transporting large volumes of donated backpacks to the aid organizations that would distribute them, and practical support, from supplying pallets to completing the necessary paperwork to get the backpacks across country borders

The FedEx team not only pitched in to load two shipping containers with 14,000 donated backpacks and arrange shipment by sea to Greece, but also transported 2,000 additional backpacks to the Red Cross in the Netherlands by road.

Lisa van Nievelt from Bag to the Future tells of the impact the donation has made to child refugees “Last week we distributed 5,300 of the donated backpacks on Lesbos and the gratitude of the children and their parents is indescribable. The toys, backpacks and lovely notes and drawings have already made thousands of children in an extremely sad situation smile.”


 


Comments

    anne smyth says:

    I have a huge amount of donations for Lesvos. At the request of a volunteer there we have tents, sleeping bags, blankets, warm & waterproof clothing and shoes for all ages, backpacks etc. We were originally offered free transport but this can only be from Germany we have now discovered & the donations are in Marbella Spain! Basically I’m looking for advice on how to get these thousands of euros worth of needed items from here to there as cheaply as possible! Thanks for reading this!

    Patrick Stienlet says:

    Once again the NL team accepted the challenge and reached out to help where it is needed. Thank you and congrats to all involved, you are making a difference

    sanjiven pamben says:

    WISH U ALL THE BEST AND A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY.

    Victor Alejandro Aguilar Orozco says:

    Great work ! God bless you guy´s

    Mandie Schall says:

    This brought me to tears! I’m so glad to know we have such awesome people in this company. Great job!

    Sharon Alegria says:

    Fantastic work, so proud to be a part of an organization that believes in the power of volunteering.

    Sonia Teoli says:

    FedEx Netherlands you are amazing. Very inspiring story. Thank-you for setting the example.

    Mary Schott says:

    My husband is French and I have been with FedEx for seventeen years. I am always so proud of all the good things this company does. This story brought tears to my eyes, on top of tears. I had no idea anyone was helping those poor people over there. I wish we could all do the same throughout the world in fedex…I would gladly volunteer. They will need blankets,collapsable bottles and cups, utensils, zip lock bags, silver thermo wraps. Soap, wash rags. So much…Just get in touch, I’ll help.

    Angie Spear says:

    To imagine all the money, time and effort our company provides in so many crisis situations, and for all of the Charitable contributions; I do believe it’s why our company has been blessed. Things individuals cannot accomplish on their own can now be done in massive ways. Thank you Fedex for coming thru again and again!

    Eloisa Ramos-Estrada says:

    This was a huge gesture from FedEx staff with big hearts. Great job!

    Pat says:

    that’s stupendeous work guys glad to hear I work for a great company ! kuddo’s !!

    ARUN BHANDARI says:

    Evident that there is still humanity in this world, super salute to all of you.

    Shaun says:

    This is a great act of kindness. I too am happy to be a part of a company that shows compassion for people who are in need.

    Doris S. Mitchell says:

    Bravo!!!! guy.
    I’m so proud to be a part of a Great company FEDEX blessing & love Doris

    Roxanne says:

    Great Team Work guys!! I wish I could be there to help “:-)

    Jeslin says:

    Great job Netherlands team! Our work in FedEx becomes much more meaningful through such acts of kindness.

    sanjiven pamben says:

    WISH U ALL THE BEST

    JAKE SUKHNANDAN says:

    NL FEDEX GREAT JOB–WISH ALL OF U A HAPPY HOLIDAYS….

    Amar says:

    As a Syrian American I want to thank everyone was involved in this effort. As usual I am proud member of FedEx organization.

    Anisha Abidi says:

    LOVE this! I’m so grateful to be a part of an amazing company that jumps at the opportunity to reach out and make a positive impact in the lives of others in times of crisis. Literally brought me to tears. Great work team!

    Erum Malik says:

    so nice to Fedex employees helping the helpless children ,very proud of you !

    Pan Yong-Liang says:

    Great!Hope nope war at the world forevey!

    JOSE MULFORD says:

    Great job im so pride working with the best company around the world FEDEX ,huges from COLOMBIA CUSTOMER SERVICE TEAM ,

    Ali Shaharudin says:

    NL FEDEX GREAT JOB–WISH ALL OF U AND WILL HELP AS MUCH AS CAN. HAPPY HOLIDAY AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL FEDEX STAFF….:)

    Shuichi SATO says:

    I’m happy to know the children have a smile with the backpacks even in their miserable days. Thanks FedEx.

    Karin Kalpoe says:

    Beautiful! to see the great spirit of all involved FedEx members over the world. Keep up this good work!

    Nayron Gomes says:

    Great job guys. Our world needs people look like you. Make a better world for people that needs help, it is very important in our society and it is nothing better than you receive a smile or hug from the person that you helping. If we do that, our world will be the better place for live.

    Fedex Brazil team
    (Uberlândia/ Minas Gerais State)

    Portuguese/translate

    Ótimo trabalho pessaol. O nosso mundo precisa de pessoas como você. Fazer um mundo melhor para as pessoas que precisam de ajuda, é muito importante na nossa sociedade e não há nada melhor do que você receber um sorriso ou abraço da pessoa que você está ajudando. Se o fizermos, o nosso mundo será o melhor lugar para viver.

    Fedex Brasil Team
    (Uberlândia/ estado de Minas Gerais)

    shaun henry says:

    GREAT JOB TO FDX EMPLOYEE’S THAT WAS JUST AMAZING,AND KIND THING TO DO ZULA TO YOU ALL

    Jesus says:

    It’s great to see actions like this made by companies like you. I would like here in Colombia more Organizations take the roll of helping others.

    SANDRA GRINDSTAFF says:

    I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A GREAT COMPANY TO WORK FOR I ENJOY HELPING OTHERS AND I SEE THAT FEDEX DOES TOO I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT I AM SUB EMPLOYEED BY FEDEX AND I AM GLAD THAT THEY ARE HELPFUL TO OTHERS WHO NEED HELP AND ENJOY HELPING IN WAYS THAT OTHER COMPANIES COULDNT COMPARE THANKYOU FEDEX FOR ALL THAT YOU DO.

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