Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary raises money to buy life-saving supplies for displaced families
The Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary Club raised almost $1,000 Oct. 5 selling chicken barbecue at the stand on Savannah Road in Lewes. Proceeds from the sale will purchase a ShelterBox, a temporary shelter and life-saving supplies for displaced families.
Founded in 2000, the ShelterBox organization has responded to just under 200 natural or man-made disasters in 75 countries, supplying aid to more than 600,000 people, and delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people made homeless worldwide. The contents of a ShelterBox are tailored to the nature and location of the disaster.
Each ShelterBox typically contains a tent designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, water purification kit, blankets, tools, and other necessities to help a family survive after a disaster. ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide. Each ShelterBox costs around $1,000.
"We purchased one last year and it was sent to Haiti," said Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary President Bruce Summer. "It was given to a family of hurricane victims."
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
Go to www.lewes-rehobothrotary.org to find out more about membership, projects and more.