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Powerful earthquakes have ravaged southern Turkey and northern Syria, killing thousands of people and flattening 11,000 buildings.

With 3 million people already displaced by the war, Syria is at breaking point. Families are facing harsh living conditions, freezing temperatures and diseases like cholera. They have faced the destruction of war, only to be hit again by these events.

ShelterBox’s emergency response team is in Turkey, developing partnerships and working out how we can get supplies to the affected regions.

We expect items such as thermal blankets and solar lights to be needed. We are also considering tents. Providing cash assistance could be an important element to this response too – giving people who have been left with nothing the flexibility to get what they need.

You can learn more and stay up to date with our response by visiting: www.shelterboxusa.org/turkey-earthquake


Little Blue Truck

Follow along as ShelterBox Ambassador Don Crost drives his little blue truck along US Route 41 from Naples, FL up through Chicago, IL.  Don and his 1953 blue Chevy will be traveling with a ShelterBox, making stops along the way to grow the awareness for the ShelterBox mission. 

Meet Don

Professional life:  

  1. 4th Generation personal property appraiser
  2. 4th Generation antique conservator and restorer
  3. Interior design professional
  4. Professional charity auctioneer for the past 3o years

Other career related work: Improvisational actor in Chicago Second City; Teaching use of improvisational acting skills for use in business and other professional areas; Set & Prop Consulting for films (i.e., Homes Alone, Uncle Buck, Road to Perdition, and others); Currently writing a musical TBA in 2023

Professional organizations:

  1. Member of Association of Online Appraisers
  2. Founding member International Society of Appraisers
  3. Retired member National Assoc1at1on of Auctioneers
  4. Retired member of Industry Foundation of ASID 

Rotary Affiliations:

  1. Past president of Winnetka Northfield Rotary Club 
  2. Current board member of Rotary Club of Bonita Naples Florida 
  3. Participant in National Polio Immunization days in India


Learn more about where ShelterBox is currently working at: www.ShelterBoxUSA.org/News.

More About ShelterBox

Everyone deserves a place to call home. It is a human right and the first step towards recovery after disaster.

Shelter is so much more than just a roof. It’s the foundation for life, families and communities. It is a place to feel safe after days or weeks of fear. It offers protection from harsh weather, privacy, and helps to preserve dignity. It’s a space to heal from trauma.

Shelter and other essential items help people protect themselves from diseases like coronavirus and malaria.

Emergency shelter can also prevent communities from scattering. This means people stay connected and build resilience together.

When you don’t have to keep moving or worry about where to sleep at night, you can think about tomorrow. Items like tents, tarpaulins, tools, blankets, mosquito nets, cooking sets and water filters help to meet the most urgent needs, so you can start to earn a living, send children to school and rebuild your home.

Recovery doesn’t happen overnight, but a dry and warm place to sleep, prepare meals and be with your family is the vital first step.


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