Now that the Christmas season is here, we wanted to reach out and wish you a very Merry Christmas. We hope you have a warm, cheerful and bright holiday season filled with family, friends and your favourite festivities!
Before we wrap up this year, we also want to take the opportunity to say thank you.
With your support, we have been able to help thousands of families worldwide - providing them with the tools they need to recover after they have lost everything in the chaos of conflict and disaster.
Although this work doesn't often make the headlines, it is lifesaving. But, it's only possible because of you. Thank you for helping us transform lives globally.
See below for a thank you video from our Board Chair, Dr Claire Achmad.
The ShelterBox New Zealand team.
Emergency Appeal: Typhoon Rai
We have a saying at ShelterBox that disasters don't stop, and neither do we.
Super Typhoon Rai, which made landfall in the Philippines on December 16th, has illustrated this. With winds of up to 195km/hr, it's one of the most severe storms to hit anywhere in the world this year.
Communications are down, and although the full extent of the damage is still unknown, the deadly storm has displaced at least 13, 000 families just a week before Christmas. These numbers are expected to rise.
This comes at an already extremely challenging time for many Filipinos who are still recovering from previous storms, all while contending with Covid-19.
ShelterBox will be providing emergency shelter and other essential items to people who have lost their homes.
We have some shelter aid in the Philippines so we can move quickly while supplies last. But we need your help to reach thousands more families.
If you have capacity to give, any support would be appreciated, and will help us provide shelter and other essential items for families affected by this terrible disaster.
Still looking for the perfect gift for someone special this Christmas?
With ShelterBox New Zealand's Virtual Gift Shop, you can honour someone special, by paying it forward to someone in need.
How does it work?
1. Pick a life-changing gift (for as little as $20) from our virtual Christmas shop
2. We'll send you an eCard, explaining the impact of your gift on behalf of a loved one
3. You change lives – your gift will fund emergency shelter needs worldwide, helping families who have lost everything to recover and rebuild
Your gift is so much more than a canvas roof overhead, or a warm blanket to wrap a child in. It’s a good night’s sleep after an endless nightmare. It’s the only home a family may have for months. But, most of all, it’s the promise that there’s a brighter future ahead.