One of the groups that I make children’s quilts for is called Rotoplast. They have a medical mission to surgically repair cleft palates/cleft lips of needy children, as invited and aided by Rotary Clubs around the world – and we send the quilts for the recovering children to take home.
Another group affiliated with Rotary International is the ShelterBox organization. I have firsthand knowledge that some of the ShelterBox tents included in their disaster relief boxes were still used and useful a year after the devastating earthquake and subsequent hurricane in Haiti, when other tents had fallen apart or were otherwise rendered unusable. In poorer nations, it can seem to take forever for cities/towns/urban areas to recover from major disasters, and the destruction of the recent Typhoon in the Philippines was unprecedented.
If you have wondered how you can help the people in the Philippines, please consider ShelterBoxes.
With your help, we hope to immediately assist more than 4,000 families affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan. This typhoon was the biggest storm to ever reach landfall, destroying buildings, wiping out villages, and has reportedly caused thousands of fatalities.
Our response teams were on the ground during the storm and began conducting assessments immediately following its passing. Thankfully, we had emergency supplies prepositioned in the Philippines that were utilized immediately. But now, more are needed.
Yesterday, warehouse volunteers rallied to our international headquarters to pack ShelterBoxes and prepare other supplies that will be sent immediately to help families displaced by the storm.
Learn more about the aid we are providing as explained on CNN.
"Every day that goes past, we realize more and more the real significance of this disaster and the areas of devastation are becoming more and more apparent," said ShelterBox Response Team volunteer, Mark Curnow.
ShelterBox could not carry out this important work around the globe without the support of its donors. Our teams are working around the clock to ensure we are doing all that we can to help those affected by this terrible tragedy. Watch this video to learn more about our response.
We need your help now. Please make a donation online now, call 941-907-6036, or send your donation to ShelterBox USA, 8374 Market St. #203, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202.
For the latest updates, please visit www.shelterboxusa.org/typhoon or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. ShelterBox is also currently responding to the Syrian crisis and an earthquake in Pakistan.
Thank you for your support and making our response possible.
Emily S. Sperling
President, ShelterBox USA