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Rotary, HCCF purchase ShelterBoxes for Haiti

Harrison Countians continue to help provide relief to people in Haiti, with the latest effort being the purchase of 10 ShelterBoxes.
The Harrison County Community Foundation unanimously voted at its regular monthly board meeting Monday night to join the efforts of the Rotary Club of Corydon in purchasing the ShelterBoxes which include numerous items such as bedding and cooking utensils.
ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide. The purpose of a ShelterBox is to provide victims of disaster with temporary shelter.
Each ShelterBox, which can provide shelter for 10 people for six months, is a large, rugged, green plastic container that holds a 10-person tent and a range of other equipment essential to survival. In general, a typical box includes:
‘ Thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets
‘ Waterproof ponchos and bin bags
‘ A multi-fuel stove that can burn anything from diesel to old paint
‘ Cooking pans, utensils, bowls and mugs
‘ Collapsible water containers and water purification tablets
‘ A basic tool kit (hammer, axe, saw, pliers, hoe head, trenching shovel, rope, etc.)
‘ A small, children’s pack containing drawing books, crayons, pens, etc.
The cost per ShelterBox is $1,000.
Following the earthquake disaster in Haiti, Rotary International put out a call to all Rotarians throughout the country for assistance. Rotary Club of Corydon decided they wanted to support this effort.
Volunteer Rotarians assemble the boxes in Florida. Other volunteer Rotarians are already on site in Haiti, and hospitals are using these boxes to take care of patients until beds become available in the hospital. Rotary also provided these boxes after the tsunami disaster in Indonesia in 2004.
Through partnerships with Rotary clubs in New Albany and Greensburg and donations from their membership and the community, the Rotary Club of Corydon has been able to raise funding for five ShelterBoxes. The Harrison County Community Foundation has matched their efforts with the purchase of an additional five boxes.
‘Our Rotary club is thrilled that Harrison County Community Foundation chose to partner with us in helping the people of Haiti,’ said Corydon Rotary president Pam Bennett Martin.
Rotary Club of Corydon continues its fundraising efforts to send more of these ShelterBoxes to Haiti.
Anyone who wishes to make a contribution to this effort may send checks to the Rotary Club of Corydon, in care of Pam Bennett Martin, 351 E. Chestnut St., Corydon, IN 47112.
One hundred percent of the dollars raised will purchase ShelterBoxes; no money stays with Rotary International.
For more information about this effort, visit www.rotary.org and type in shelterbox or visit www.shelterboxusa.org.

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