Host a din­ner to help fam­i­lies

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

I’M writ­ing to en­cour­age your read­ers to get in­volved with Shine for Shel­terBox, a win­ter fundraiser fo­cussed on host­ing a cosy can­dlelit din­ner with friends and fam­ily to help other fam­i­lies around the world who have lost ev­ery­thing in nat­u­ral dis­as­ters or con­flict.

Shel­terBox is a dis­as­ter re­lief char­ity that pro­vides emer­gency shel­ter and vi­tal aid to fam­i­lies af­fected by dis­as­ter world­wide. It is cur­rently work­ing to help fam­i­lies in the Philip­pines af­ter su­per ty­phoon Mangkhut re­cently dev­as­tated thou­sands of homes, as well as in Syria, Kenya, In­dia and So­ma­liland.

In 2013, I trained to be a vol­un­teer in the Shel­terBox Re­sponse Team, and since then I have helped fam­i­lies on the Syr­ian Bor­der in Tur­key, in the Philip­pines, Malawi, Fiji and Haiti. I’ve seen how Shel­terBox helps fam­i­lies re­cover af­ter dis­as­ter, of­fer­ing emer­gency shel­ter when they need it most, pro­vid­ing pri­vacy, warmth, and se­cu­rity when ev­ery­thing else has been lost.

Help­ing more fam­i­lies around the world starts with a Shine party! By host­ing a Shine for Shel­terBox din­ner, you can shine the way for­ward for fam­i­lies in their dark­est hour. Re­quest a pack at Shel­terBox.org, and re­ceive great tips on host­ing a cosy, can­dlelit din­ner, in­clud­ing in­vi­ta­tions, a col­lec­tion box, and pa­per lanterns.

I am pas­sion­ate about sup­port­ing Shel­terBox and to­gether we can make a huge dif­fer­ence to oth­ers around the world. Let’s come to­gether and shine! And don’t for­get to eat and Tweet! Fol­low us on In­sta­gram, Face­book and Twit­ter #Shine­forShel­terBox.

Visit www.shel­terbox.org/shine to find out more.

Re­becca Swist Vol­un­teer Shel­terBox Re­sponse Team

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