Posted by Dani Bristow, Community Program Coordinator, ShelterBox Canada

In her September 2021 Newsletter, Dani Bristow, Community Program Coordinator at ShelterBox Canada, says, "We can’t predict disasters, but with your support, we can be ready to respond providing displaced families with the life-saving aid they need right when they need it most."  Here's more of her newsletter.....

ShelterBox Update SEPTEMBER 2021:

ShelterBox Emergency Update - August 16, 2021


ShelterBox HAS already sent a team to the Caribbean region, after the powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake and continuing aftershocks rocked Haiti on Saturday August 14.  

Now with Haiti in the path of Tropical Storm Grace, survivors of the earthquake could be hit tonight by strong winds, driving rain, flooding and deadly mudslides. Many will be facing these conditions with their homes already destroyed. Existing rescue efforts could be severely affected.  

The ShelterBox team will work with fellow humanitarians, including the Rotary District 7020 Disaster Management Committee to assess damage reports, understand from communities what they need, and work on the challenging logistics of delivering aid to areas where buildings have been reduced to rubble.  

This will be the first time a ShelterBox team has deployed since the coronavirus crisis severely restricted international travel in early 2020. 

Early reports show that almost 3,000 homes have been destroyed and at least 5,400 more damaged – but search and rescue is the priority right now, so damage reports will soar in the coming days and weeks. 

Together with Habitat for Humanity Haiti, local Rotary Clubs and other local community partners and leaders, we deliver locally appropriate aid to some of the most vulnerable families that would otherwise be left behind. Please, donate today to support families around the world who are recovering from terrible disasters like this one.

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STOCK THE BOX PROGRAM: We can’t predict disasters, but with your support, we can be ready to respond providing displaced families with the life-saving aid they need right when they need it most. From August 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021, you can help ShelterBox Canada raise funds to restock our warehouses and prepare to respond to disasters around the world by participating in the annual Stock the Box fundraiser with your Rotary Club.

Rally your Rotary Club to participate in Stock the Box and prepare for the next disaster. It is easy to get started – create a fundraising page for your club, set your goal, start stocking your box.  

“Stock The Box is a refreshing new fundraising program that was used in our Rotary Club to assist ShelterBox Canada.  It worked extremely well.  People like to know that their donation is going to something tangible and the campaign provided for that” -    Jeff Celentano, The Rotary Club of North Bay

You can pick the cost of an aid item as your goal or your Club can choose to fill an entire ShelterBox by setting your goal at $1,200. Every dollar you raise will still support families in desperate need of shelter and other essential aid after a disaster. Begin stocking your box, item by item, dollar by dollar until you reach your goal! 

Learn more about Stock the Box and sign-up today:

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Read our Current Operations to see more countries your support is working in.

For more information about ShelterBox and to learn more about where we are responding, visit us at

Click here to read a story about what it takes to train for a ShelterBox Response team. 

Dani Bristow

Community Program Coordinator, ShelterBox Canada

Member of the  Rotaract Club of Sarnia-Lambton


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GET CONNECTED: Join the conversation : 

Did you know that there is a Rotary and ShelterBox Support Group on Facebook? It is a group that brings together Rotarians, ShelterBox Supporters, Staff and ShelterBox Response Teams to discuss all things ShelterBox and Rotary. It is a great place to see the latest operations updates, Rotary deployment information and video content to share with your Rotary Club. If you would like to join the group and conversation, please search for “Rotary and ShelterBox Support Group” on Facebook and ask to join the conversation!



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About ShelterBox Canada: Canada is a registered charity that has been a part of the global ShelterBox network since 2010. We have a team of over 120 volunteers across the country who share their passion with us and help us raise awareness and fundraise across the country. There are ten Canadian ShelterBox Response Team members who work tirelessly with the rest of the International Response Team to deliver aid to families who need it around the world. To learn more about our board and staff click here .

ShelterBox and Rotary are official project partners in international disaster relief. ShelterBox is a registered charity independent of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation.  Since  2012, we have been neighbours, friends and community leaders. Their aim is to create positive, lasting change in communities at home and all over the world.project partners with Rotary International, a global community of 1.2 million. Rotary has supported ShelterBox from the start when a local club championed the simple idea to package up essential shelter items in our now-iconic ShelterBoxes. As ShelterBox grew, so did Rotary support, and we are now international project partners in disaster relief. This partnership has helped us to become who we are today. Our global network of ShelterBox affiliates, which provides all-round assistance, evolved from Rotary relationships.



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