Providence Rotary donates $10K to ShelterBox for Philippines aid
VOLUNTEERS LOAD SHELTERBOXES for families in the Philippines displaced by Typhoon Haiyan. The Providence Rotary Charities Foundation has donated $10,000 in support of ShelterBox's mission, and will also match up to $10,000 in addition contributions for a total maximum donation of $30,000. Each ShelterBox contains vital items such as tents, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, and a basic tool kit.
PROVIDENCE – The Providence Rotary Charities Foundation has donated $10,000 to support relief efforts by ShelterBox to help families left homeless by Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation in the Philippines.
The foundation, a charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Providence, has also committed to match $10,000 in additional donations to bring the total maximum donation to $30,000.
ShelterBox is an international, Rotary-affiliated organization that responds immediately following natural and other disasters by delivering aid boxes to those who need them.
“We are incredibly appreciative of the generous donation from the Rotary Club of Providence,” said Tiffany Stephenson, ShelterBox USA director of communications. “Their taking immediate action makes a significant impact on our ability to bring emergency shelter and supplies to families devastated by Typhoon Haiyan as quickly as possible.”
Each green ShelterBox contains the essentials a family needs to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The box is tailored to the needs of a particular disaster but typically contains a tent large enough to sleep 10 people, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.
With each ShelterBox costing $1,000 to fill and transport, the foundation’s anticipated $30,000 total donation will help as many as 300 people displaced by the typhoon survive until more permanent housing conditions can be restored, said Jenny Miller, president of the Rotary Club of Providence, and James Scanlan, vice-chairman of the Charities Foundation.
In a statement, they added, “ShelterBox is one of the most efficient disaster relief organizations in the world, in part because of its connection with Rotary. Members of local Rotary clubs are on scene to assure that every ShelterBox reaches people in genuine need as quickly as possible.”
The New York Times has reported that United Nations officials in Geneva estimate more than 11 million people in the Philippines are in need of assistance and more than 670,000 lost their homes to the typhoon, which made landfall on the island nation Nov. 8.