The majority of natural disasters seem to happen in Africa, Asia, and South America, and ShelterBox is always among the very first responders to bring aid to the victims.
This week, however, ShelterBox teams are being dispatched to central Italy where a devastating Wednesday earthquake of 6.2 magnitude has resulted in the deaths of at least 250 people as of this posting, along with swaths of destruction that have virtually wiped out a series of small towns, according to ANSA, the Italian news service.
ShelterBox, which usually is on scene before most governmental agencies, is always in need of a steady revenue stream because of the unending number of disasters it tends to worldwide. The Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club has purchased five ShelterBoxes, at $1,000 each, recently, but the organization always can use more.
If you can donate, please do so through club treasurer Murray Forth rather than doing so online. That way we can track where our donations are going. If you need more information on the ShelterBox program, contact Bill Dowd, our club’s ShelterBox liaison officer.
• Go here for a continually updated CNN blog on the situation.