The people of Haiti are suffering the ravages of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck on August 14, followed closely by flooding from Hurricane Grace, a tropical storm when it hit. More than 2,000 people have died, with thousands injured and hundreds still missing, as rescue efforts have been hampered by heavy rains.
The Rotary Club of Hyannis is answering the call for help by raising money through September 30. The goal of the Hyannis Rotary Club Shelters for Haiti fundraiser is $25,000 to purchase ShelterBox temporary housing and survival tools and provisions for people who have lost everything.
Hyannis Rotary will collect donations at a pop-up display of a ShelterBox in the courtyard of the JFK Hyannis Museum, to be held August 28 and September 11–12. Those who wish may donate by check payable to the Hyannis Rotary Charitable & Educational Assoc. (PO Box 39, Hyannis MA 02601) or by clicking the link below. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be spent on the purchase and delivery of ShelterBoxes to Haiti.
Rotary International and ShelterBox have a long-standing partnership, which enables swift disaster recovery. ShelterBox has been used in Haiti five times in the past. A ShelterBox team is assessing current conditions, considering Hurricane Grace flood impacts as well as the earthquake. This will be the first time a ShelterBox team has deployed since the coronavirus crisis severely restricted international travel in early 2020.