As seen in GazeboNews... The LF-LB Rotary has mobilized to provide assistance to Japan's disaster victims


The recent magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami have wreaked unimaginable devastation upon northern Japan, especially coastal communities. Entire communities have been wiped out while radiation leaks from impacted nuclear reactors threaten survivors even more. Hundreds of thousands have been rendered homeless.

In response, the first ShelterBoxes have already arrived in Japan and the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club has begun to raise funds for additional ShelterBoxes. Last year the club, in concert with local schools, organizations and other Rotary clubs raised enough money to provide emergency relief for more than 700 victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

The international relief agency Feed the Children has called the ShelterBox the best disaster relief tool they have seen in their 20 years of experience. Each ShelterBox contains a large tent, bedding, dishes and silverware for 10 people; a water purification system, a stove, cooking utensils, tools and children's supplies, all contained in an impact resistant plastic shipping crate.

Although each ShelterBox costs $1,000, any size donation is welcomed by the Rotary Club. In fact, last year, area students contributed their nickels, dimes and dollars and purchased more than 35 ShelterBoxes as part of the effort.

If you would like to help the LF-LB Rotary help Japan, please contact Len Dedo at 847.498.7801 or

Tax deductible donations may be sent to the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club Foundation, P.O. Box 168, Lake Forest, IL 60045. 100% of funds raised are contributed to the purchase of ShelterBoxes and other disaster relief. The foundation is a 501c3 organization and eligible for corporate matching donations.