I love many things about Hike it Baby: the friends I’ve made, the hikes I’ve taken. But one of the most amazing features of Hike it Baby is the community. That community is evidenced every day. When grandparents rock a HiB30 Challenge. When you loan a stranger your kid’s extra shoes because they forgot theirs. Having extra snacks, just in case. However, during special circumstances, that community is a beacon of hope. Hurricane Harvey is one of those examples.
Hurricanes are a powerful force of nature
The response from the members of Hike it Baby has been its own force of nature. Our community reached out to support our members in Texas Branches. Support came both physically and monetarily from our amazing sponsors: Deuter, BOB, Baby Bjorn and Mountain House. Support also came in through individual members who helped other members via Amazon Wishlists and communication through Facebook.
Texas Branch Ambassador and Hike it Baby Photographer Jen Campbell helped to coordinate a donation drop-off trailer.
“We had to take a trip to Dallas a couple of weekends ago so we took my husband’s work trailer with us and left it with his sister as a donation drop-off point. By putting the word out via social media, we were able to fill the floor space of a 15-foot trailer.”
The group was able to host a pasta dinner open to anyone if they wanted to come by and “Gear Up and Fuel Up.” Hike it Baby families came to eat, share community, and grabbed any supplies they needed. The leftover supplies were then donated to a local church that had an organized distribution center.
It is against the backdrop of a massive storm that we see the stories of communities coming together to support each other.
It is absolutely amazing what can be accomplished by a small group of people. Thank you to all those who helped and donated to our community. Hike it Baby thrives because of you. What’s even more wonderful is that our response to one hurricane led to an additional response to Hurricane Irma. To all those who offered up their homes as a safe place for our members to evacuate to, thank you so much.