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Milford Rotarians support Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts

Thursday, December 5, 2013

MILFORD – In early November, Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated vast parts of the Philippines. Although the news coverage has lessened, the aftermath of this horrific natural disaster remains.

According to a Nov. 22 web posting by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 4.29 million people have been forced from their homes and 13.26 million people have been affected by Haiyan.

In response to this news and as part of Rotary International’s worldwide endeavors, Milford Rotarians stepped up to help in the global relief efforts aimed at addressing the immediate needs of Filipinos affected by the disaster.

The Milford Rotary Club, well known for its support of local nonprofit organizations and community betterment initiatives, recently donated funds to purchase four ShelterBox units that will be sent to the Philippines. Between commitments from the club’s charitable foundation and members’ personal donations, $4,000 was raised in a matter of days.

ShelterBox is an international charitable relief organization that responds instantly following natural disasters and other humanitarian crises by delivering tents and other emergency supplies to those who need it most. In addition to the current work being done in the Philippines, ShelterBox relief efforts in 2013 assisted victims after the devastating tornados in Oklahoma, the bushfires and flooding in Australia, the flooding in Uganda and India, the conflict in Jordan and the earthquake in the Solomon Islands, just to name a few of their deployments.

Each green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a tent large enough for an extended family of 10, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute the boxes and supervise the erection of tent cities, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide. A complete ShelterBox costs $1,000 and this includes the price of all materials, packing, storage, transport worldwide and distribution to those in need.

In 2012, ShelterBox became Rotary International’s first project partner making it the largest global Rotary Club project in the 100-year history of the organization. For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit

Next up for the Milford Rotary Club is its annual Christmas Tree Fundraising Sale. Thanks to continued support from Frederick’s Pastries owner Susan Robert and founder Fred Lozier, Milford Rotarians will sell New Hampshire-grown Christmas trees from Nov. 29 through Dec. 21 in the Frederick’s Pastries parking lot at 109 Route 101A, Amherst. The first 100 purchasers will receive a pewter ornament to go with their tree. Proceeds from this fundraiser support the club’s community work, charitable donations and annual scholarship awards.

To learn more about the Milford Rotary Club, visit www.milfordnh

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