A tent set up in the rotunda of the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin displays how a single box of supplies can make a huge difference after a catastrophe.
The Elgin Noon Rotary Club is raising money to send survival kits called Shelter Boxes to the Philippines after the recent devastation from a typhoon. The Shelter Box contains a 10-person tent, bedding, utensils, cooking equipment, water purification assistance, tools, books and a radio.
"One of the fundamental goals of Rotary is international assistance, and our members wanted to put our efforts for the impacted people of the Philippines into a project that will provide assistance as soon as it arrives," Rotary President Dave Considine said in a news release. Considine is also the library's division chief-director of facilities and building operation.
"Erecting the Shelter tent in the library rotunda will show thousands of community members what their donations will do for people in need, " added fellow Rotarian Carole Medal, who is the library's executive director.
The Rotary Club of Elgin website will allow people to make a contribution toward the Shelter Boxes.