Hi everyone! I hope you don't mind my interruption, I just have a small request from this community of Met fans.As you all know, almost a month ago, there was a terrible earthquake in Haiti and now millions of people are living a life that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. As a father of two young girls, my heart goes out to the families of Haiti.I recently learned of ShelterBox, an organization that provides disaster relief by delivering boxes of aid to those most in need. Each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. Here is a recent article by TIME magazine, featuring the work of ShelterBox. Please see this video of Shelter boxes being delivered and used in Haiti.I know times are rough for many of us, but if you can, please go to my donation page and help me donate one shelter box. Donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your help!<!--more-->
ShelterAt the heart of every ShelterBox is a ten-person tent. It is custom made for ShelterBox by Vango, one of the world’s leading tent manufacturers, and is designed to withstand extreme temperatures, high winds and heavy rainfall. Internally, each tent has privacy partitions that allow recipients to divide the space as they see fit.A smileEvery box contains a children’s pack containing drawing books, crayons and pens. For children who have lostmost, if not all,their possessions, these small gifts are treasured.Warmth and protectionIn addition to the tent, the boxes contain a range of other survival equipment including thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets, essential in areas where temperatures plummet at nightfall. Where malaria is prevalent mosquito nets are supplied, as well a life saving means of water purification. Water supplies often become contaminated after a major disaster, as infrastructure and sanitation systems are destroyed, this presents a secondary but no less dangerous threat to survivors than the initial disaster itself.Self sufficiencyA basic tool kit containing a hammer, axe, saw, trenching shovel, hoe head, pliers and wire cutters can be found in every box. These items enable people to improve their immediate environment, by chopping firewood or digging a latrine, for example. Then, when it is possible, to start repairing or rebuilding the home they were forced to leave.Fit for purposeEvery item is durable, practical and brand new. The box itself is lightweight and waterproof and has been used for a variety of purposes in the past - from water and food storage containers to a cot for a newly born baby.A heart to the homeA key piece in every box is either a wood burning or multi-fuel stove - that can burn anything from diesel to old paint. This provides the heart of the new home where water is boiled, food is cooked and families congregate. In addition, there are pans, utensils, bowls, mugs and water storage containers.AdaptabilityWe keep a broad range of equipment in stock so we can adapt the contents of a box to a specific disaster. For example, following the Javanese earthquake in 2006, when some resources were available locally or could be salvaged fromone storey buildings, the overwhelming need was for shelter â€“ so we just sent tents, packing two in each box.Here is my donation page, https://www.firstgiving.com/paulshelterboxforhaitiUnited States Shelter Box page, http://www.shelterboxusa.org/Shelter Box home page, http://www.shelterbox.org/index.phpShelterBox Slide ShowIf you do donate, please let me know in the comments section.