The disaster in the Philippines left thousands upon thousands of people homeless, without even the most basic of necessities. Rotarians of course are springing into action to help, and District 6650 is no exception. DG Debbie Esbenshade is collecting donations to purchase Shelter Boxes, and so far has over $6,000, enough to send six boxes to Phillipines relief.
What is a Shelter Box? As the name indicates, it’s a green box, each one tailored to a specific disaster. However, a box commonly contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.
Contributing to the relief effort is simple–just get out your checkbook and write out a check to Youngstown Rotary and put “Phillipine Relief” in the memo line. Mail your donations to Debbie Esbenshade, 34 E. Western Reserve Rd., Unit 2, Poland, OH 44514.
If you would rather send your donations directly to Shelter Box, make the check payable to “Shelter Box USA” and mail to 8374 Market Street, #203, Lakewood, FL 34202. If you do send directly, please let Debbie know, as she is tracking them.
You can find out more about Shelter Boxes at www.shelterboxusa.org. These boxes are lifesaving, and many times, the only place people have to live. Sadly, people in Haiti are still living in theirs–they are better than what they used to call home.