Rotarians Help 6,000 People Affected by Super Storm Sandy

Even though Hurricane Sandy no longer dominates the news, it’s good to know that Rotary Project Partner, ShelterBox is still working with Rotarians to provide shelter, warmth and dignity to those in their greatest hour of need.

ShelterBox is deploying aid in the Northeast of the U.S. in addition to having teams in Haiti and Cuba.  ShelterBox has distributed more than a thousand blankets in the Far Rockaways and Long Island as well as parts of northern NJ.  The team worked with Rotary District 7500, located in the middle of the hurricane hit region, to deliver aid along the eastern seaboard of NJ.  Thankfully, tented shelter was not needed since sufficient temporary housing and shelters were available. The ShelterBox team met with officials to see what was missing from aid that they were receiving from charities around the nation and it was determined that more blankets, hygiene kits, hats mittens and scarves and other items were still needed.

In total, 6,000 people will receive assistance from ShelterBox in the Northeast U.S.

As a Rotary Project Partner, part of ShelterBox’s immediate response to Super Storm Sandy was to reach out to the most-impacted districts to check on Rotarians and learn what their communities were experiencing in the wake of the disaster. With the “service above self” ethos very much in their hearts, Rotarians have joined forces with ShelterBox to provide shelter, warmth and dignity to vulnerable families in the Northeast United States.

“For many years, District 7500 has always responded generously to disasters around the world in the form of donations to ShelterBox.  I am very pleased to see that in our own time of need, ShelterBox responded immediately.  To make a call to ShelterBox on Tuesday and to have a team on the ground on Thursday with a significant order placed by Friday is amazing.  On behalf of all of the Rotarians in the affected regions of Eastern New Jersey of Districts 7500 and 7640, we cannot thank ShelterBox enough!” –Rotary District 7500 Governor Joan Vas 2012-2013

Many thanks to ALL the Rotary clubs and districts who make contributions to ShelterBox to ensure there are supplies and trained volunteers available to immediately respond to the needs of families impacted by disaster. In addition to its efforts in the U.S., ShelterBox is actively distributing aid to Syrian refugees in Iraq, flooding survivors in Uganda and Nigeria, families made homeless by an earthquake in Guatemala and those impacted by Hurricane Sandy in Haiti. To learn more ShelterBox’s current activity around the world, please click here- http://www.shelterboxusa.org/deployments.php

Posted by Susan Ireland, Fairfax Rotary Club Public Relations Chair