American Volunteer En Route to Lebanon to Assist Syrian Refugee Families

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Derek Locke, former business owner and resident of Dearborn Heights, Mich., is en route to Lebanon to deliver humanitarian aid to Syrian refugee families with international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox.

Derek Locke, former business owner and resident of Dearborn Heights, Mich., is en route to Lebanon to deliver humanitarian aid to Syrian refugee families with international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox.

Locke is a member of the ShelterBox Response Team (SRT), a group of highly-trained volunteers who work in the field to deliver boxes of aid—equipped with emergency tented shelter, stoves, blankets, water purification units and other tools—to families who lose their homes and possessions following a disaster such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict.

Locke and his team will be working to distribute additional ShelterBoxes to Syrian families living in areas near Beirut. Since last fall, ShelterBox has been providing aid to families impacted by the Syrian conflict in Lebanon, Iraq Kurdistan, Jordan and Syria.

This is Locke’s third deployment as an SRT member. He delivered aid to families living in Peru and Nigeria last year following widespread flooding in both countries.

Response team members like Locke allow ShelterBox to respond to more than 25 disasters a year, often arriving within 48 to 72 hours.

ShelterBox is also currently providing aid to families affected by the Syrian conflict in Jordan, Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines and conflict in Myanmar.

ABOUT SHELTERBOX USA
Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth and dignity following more than 200 disasters in over 85 countries. ShelterBox instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid and other supplies. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, stove, blankets and water filtration system, among other tools for survival. ShelterBox’s American affiliate, ShelterBox USA, is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida. Individual tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at http://www.shelterboxusa.org or 941-907-6036.
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