The Philippines are devastated
by Typhoon Hayian
And ShelterBox USA is there. ShelterBox is the premier international disaster relief organization that provides shelter and lifesaving equipment, after natural and other disasters. Responding to over 200 disasters in more than 85 countries, ShelterBox has firmly established itself at the forefront of disaster relief.
The first box in 2000 was sponsored by Rotary, and today it is the largest Rotary Club project in the 100+ year history of the organization.
What ShelterBox provides is unique and does not duplicate any other aid that is provided. We work with other established relief organizations to enhance and complete the services and supplies that help survivors. In many cases, our boxes have made the difference between life and death.
ShelterBox USA, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Sarasota, Florida, is the U.S. headquarters and one of 20 ShelterBox affiliates around the world.
ShelterBox USA partners with ShelterBox Trust in the U.K. for the procurement and delivery of aid. Operations are conducted from Cornwall, England. Each ShelterBox costs $1,000 US, and can support the needs of a family of 10 for up to six months.
There are more than 350 volunteer Ambassadors across the country and many more around the world. There are also more than 50 highly-trained ShelterBox Response Team members based in the United States who distribute boxes in disaster zones, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and Rotary Clubs worldwide.
Steven Tonkinson, son of Margarite and Rick Tonkinson is currently in the Phillippines delivering boxes as part of the the Shelter Box Response Team. He was transferred from Tacloban to Roxey and then to Piney. He sent these photos from there.
As you might expect, Rick and Margarita are truly proud of the work that Steven is doing on behalf of Rotary and ShelterBox for those most vulnerable after such a devastating storm.