Rotary Club of Fort Myers South benefits disaster survivors a world away
The Rotary Club of Fort Myers South recently raised $1236 from members to benefit ShelterBox, a humanitarian relief charity that assists survivors of disaster and humanitarian crises around the globe.
ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid, emergency tent shelters and other supplies such as stoves, blankets, water filtration systems and other tools to help families rebuild their lives after losing their homes and possessions following a disaster such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict.
“You never know when the next disaster might strike,” said Kerri Murray, president of ShelterBox USA. “With generous donations such as this one from the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South, we can continue our mission of providing shelter, warmth and dignity to disaster survivors around the world.”
ShelterBox is currently responding to disasters in Haiti, Ecuador, Niger, Cameroon, Iraq, Tanzania and the Syrian region.
Gerry Poppe, president of the Rotary Club of Fort Myers South, said, “The members of more than 33,000 Rotary Clubs around the world place value in the ‘Service above self,’ philosophy. We have a commitment to helping others in need.”
Those interested in supporting ShelterBox can make a tax-deductible donation at www.shelterboxusa.org or by mailing a check to 8374 Market St. #203, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. For information or to make a contribution by phone, please call (941) 907-6036.
Rotary Club of Fort Myers South
Rotary Club of Fort Myers South has more than 130 members who are among the 1.3 million Rotarians worldwide. Service Above Self is the motto of Rotary International, which has contributed more than $1.2 billion and tens of thousands of volunteer hours toward polio eradication in addition to projects such as water quality, world peace and literacy. Meetings are held each Monday at 12:00 PM at the Crowne Plaza, 13051 Bell Tower Drive. For more information, visit www.rotarysouth.org.
About ShelterBox USA
Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided humanitarian aid—emergency tented shelter and other supplies, such as stoves, blankets and water filtration systems, among other tools to help families rebuild their lives after losing their homes and possessions following a disaster such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, stove, blankets and water filtration system, among other tools for survival. ShelterBox’s American affiliate, ShelterBox USA, is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida. Individual tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at www.shelterboxusa.org or 941-907-6036.