November 14, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 46

Petersburg Rotary Club collecting for typhoon relief

The Petersburg Rotary Club is welcoming donations to their Shelter Box program that will provide relief to Philippine residents hit by Typhoon Haiyan.

224 Shelter Boxes are currently en route to Cebu, Philippines and 504 Shelter Box Tents arrived in Manila recently for distribution to the Philippines disaster areas as soon as the freight clears customs.

Rotarian Dave Berg said the Shelter Box program provides immediate relief for residents of disaster stricken areas because the box is packed with a large, heavy-duty tent sufficient for a large family, children’s activity books, mosquito netting, gloves, hats, blankets, water purification equipment, cooking pots, utensils, a cooking stove with fuel and additional tools such as hammers, hatchets, saws and rope.

Each Shelter Box costs $1,000, but donations of lesser amounts will be used to purchase stand-alone relief items.

Berg said Petersburg’s exchange student Sven Heinrichs from Germany collected $1,100 just recently for the purchase of a Shelter Box. He collected funds from Rotarians, local businesses and persons attending the Oktoberfest event in the Community Gym last month.

Persons wishing to donate to the Rotary Club’s Shelter Box program can send tax deductible donations to Petersburg Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1172, Petersburg, AK 99833.

Please mark “Shelter Box” on your donation check.

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