BENEFITING: SHELTER BOX USA
When a large-scale disaster happens, we always seem to hear about it in numbers and statistics. Death toll, people missing, financial impact, months to recovery… all these figures are critical, of course, but they can keep us from making an emotional connection to what has happened — the kind of connection that inspires us to take action.
That's what inspired me about ShelterBox: The deceptively simple, incredibly effective idea of providing people who are in trouble with a box of the survival items they need. One, tangible, proven outcome. Amidst a sea of massive totals, there's this single, relatable instance of a real difference being made.
So back to a huge number for a moment — there are 700,000 people displaced in the Philippines right now. Most of them need shelter, food and water. If aid organizations can't find a way to overcome the chaos on the ground, Typhoon Haiyan will keep claiming lives, long after the storm has ended. Distribution problems on the ground right now are necessitating collaboration with neighboring countries, which is how ShelterBox is buying tents, water sanitation equipment, and other essentials. Once transportation in and around the Philippines improves, ShelterBox will resume shipping and distributing their green aid boxes directly to families in need.
Tents are particularly important right now, not only because they provide these impacted families a place to rest, but because their construction helps local government attain some semblance of organization. That, by itself, is a tremendous aid to food and supply distribution. ShelterBox is working hard to get these tents purchased and delivered to the people who need them. I urge you to contribute as much as you can, right away.