Backpacking for Good: Christmas in Greece

For: Refugees
Organizer: Michelle Bennett
of $5,000 goal
11% Complete
Raised by 8 donors
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The Story

Friends, family, acquaintances and strangers I am happy to announce that in 2 weeks I will be rejoining my team to provide aid to refugees. This time will be very different as the needs have shifted around Europe. Currently Macedonia has put up a fence (graciously gifted by Hungary) on the border of Greece and is only allowing refugees from certain countries entry. Due to this segregation thousands of people are stuck with no food, no shelter and no hope. They've resorted to hunger strikes and sewing their lips closed to get the message across that this is inhumane. To add to that there are still thousands of people arriving daily on the shores of Greece via death boat from Turkey. The weather isn't stopping the masses and the journey is becoming more and more dangerous.

They need help and we want to provide it. My team landed in Greece this week and will spend the next few days seeing exactly what we need to do. Whether it's winterizing camps, providing warm clothes or serving meals. We want to make a massive impact this time around as it is desperately needed. Temperatures will be dropping to -10 by the end of December and the camps are not ready.

Please help us help them. We can't do this on our own. My goal is to raise $15,000 this time around. As always, 100% of your contributions go directly to the people in need.

Special thanks to those who have already donated, Microsoft for giving me the time off to do this, David Zuckerman for donating miles for my flight and Clare Bennett for understanding and supporting me. Sorry I won't be home for Christmas. I promise to make it worth it.

For more insight as to what we've done previously to support refugees:

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 23, 2015

Posted on December 23, 2015

Hello Everyone!

Tomorrow I will be moving my efforts to Chios to support a team of independent volunteers that are rescuing refugees attempting to cross the Agean at night. There is an expected influx coming over Christmas as the presence of Coast Guard/Authorities is less on the holiday. 

Wondering whats on my Christmas list:

YUKON Night Vision Tracker Binoculars: $635
Cobra MR-HH500 FLT BT VHF: $210
Leatherman Raptor: $69
Blood Pressure Instrument: $25
Thermometer for ear:$35
Betadine:$3.75 per bottle
Facemasks: $1.75 per box
Gloves: $9 per box
Baby wipes: $4 per pkg

Biggest ticket item, new rescue boat that will fit double the amount of refugees. Meaning less trips.

Motor $1800
Boat :$1500-2500

Please spread the word and me help them save lives

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