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Feb 25, 2010 5:00 PM by Veronica White

Local Rotarians Send Tents to Haiti

Shelter is one of the biggest necessities in life-- but often the most forgotten when people donate items to disaster victims.

In a poor country like Haiti, those suffering do not have resources like FEMA trailers, so local Rotarians are sending temporary housing.

"They're sleeping in fields, under trees, wherever they can sleep. Families are homeless- over 27,000 families are homeless and we're trying to help in any way we can. Right now they need tents," says Mike Collins, Parish District Governor of Rotary International.

The 56 tents will cover more than 500 people. They are part of the "shelter boxes", which include dishes and cooking supplies.

The boxes were originally donated for hurricane Katrina victims, but ended up unused.

"The people here are much more self-sufficient than in some parts of the world; we have more infrastructure so there wasn't as much a need for shelter here after the hurricane as there is in Haiti." says Greg Landry, State District Governor for Rotary International.

In addition to the shelter boxes they are also sending clothes, sheets and backpacks. The supplies have been collected from group members, boy scouts and the community.

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