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Tue March 15, 2011
Shelterbox aids Japan
By Susan Stephens
Sycamore, IL – An organization providing a critical service to victims of last week's earthquake and tsunami in Japan is visiting Kishwaukee College today. Shelter Box USA is a relief group supported by Rotary Clubs around the world. They deliver heavy-duty plastic boxes full of survival supplies to families affected by disasters. Each box contains a tent, stove, blankets, a water purification system, and other items to help up to ten people survive for six months.
Brian Adams is the Shelter Box representative for Rotary Clubs in northern Illinois. He says the boxes can help restore dignity to people who have lost everything.
Shelter Box has delivered its first 200 boxes to Japan. Each 110 pound package costs the organization one-thousand dollars. Adams usually looks for local service groups to sponsor the boxes, but also encourages individual donations of any amount.