Shepherdstown Rotary Cub donates $2,000 for disaster relief
The Shepherdstown Rotary Club, on Sept. 1, donated $2,000 to ShelterBox, an international disaster relief agency. Half the total, $1,000, was raised primarily through a raffle at an event the club sponsored in May for area Rotary clubs. The other $1,000 was a matching contribution from club member David Miljour.
A check for the donation was presented to Mike Hicks, a local-area ShelterBox volunteer, at the Rotary Club’s regular September 1 breakfast meeting at the Bavarian Inn.
ShelterBox is a nonprofit agency that provides emergency aid worldwide to victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crises.
The aid is specifically tailored for each situation but typically includes a tent that will house a family, thermal blankets and groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, and children’s activity materials.
A $1,000 dollar donation to ShelterBox supports an aid package for one family.
The Shepherdstown Rotary Club previously donated another $2,000 to Shelterbox, so it has now provided enough money for four aid packages.
Founded in the United Kingdom in 2000, ShelterBox has so far provided emergency aid for well over one million people in more than 90 different countries.
The agency attracted support from individual Rotary clubs early on, and Rotary International entered into a formal partnership with it in 2012. Today, Rotarians around the world not only provide a significant proportion of ShelterBox’s donations but also provide logistical support to the organization’s field operations.
To learn more about ShelterBox, go to the website of its U.S. office, at www.shelterboxusa.org.