Rotary Club of Lacombe Daybreak was on hand with their Shelter Box display at the Lacombe Chamber of Commerce Spring Trade Show on April 22 and 23. (Rotary Club of Lacombe Daybreak)

Rotary Club of Lacombe Daybreak was on hand with their Shelter Box display at the Lacombe Chamber of Commerce Spring Trade Show on April 22 and 23. (Rotary Club of Lacombe Daybreak)

Rotary club exceeds Shelter Box donation goal

Rotary Club of Lacombe Daybreak has exceeded their goal for Shelter Box donations in 2022 already.

The club was on hand collecting donations for shelter boxes at the Lacombe Chamber of Commerce Spring Trade Show on April 22 and 23. Once purchased the boxes will be donated to those living in and fleeing Ukraine.

“We did very well with our Shelter Box display exceeding our goal of six boxes from our club.” said Don Gullekson, councillor and member of Rotary Club of Lacombe Daybreak.

In a typical year, the club donates one shelter box to an area in need but with Ukraine needing assistance they stepped up their goal.

Rotary Club International has partnered with Shelter Box Canada to provide emergency shelter and other essential items needed to rebuild lives.

The boxes that the rotary club are donating to Ukraine include a custom-designed family-sized tent, cooking equipment, water containers, a tool-kit, children’s activities and toys, mosquito nets, a solar light, waterproof ground mats, thermal fleece blankets and a personal water filtration tool called a life-straw.

Gullekson said that often times when a disaster hits, a rotary club will put out a call for assistance. That’s when other clubs from around the world step in.

Shelter Box Canada said that every disaster is different and every community is different, so they spend time with those affected to make sure the right support is there at the right time to help in recovery.

“This is a great project and I know it’s going to people who need it,” said Gullekson.

More information can be found at shelterboxcanada.org.