By Julie Huss
---- — LONDONDERRY — One couple continues to make a difference for those needing help.
Bill and Dennie Dyer are hoping to spread the word about ShelterBox, a worldwide effort to support people around the globe needing assistance following natural disasters.
The Dyers joined ShelterBox four years ago after their son, Mark, got them interested in the cause.
“He was so passionate about it,” Dennie Dyer said.
She said Mark is part of the effort that takes the actual box — containing a 10-person tent, thermal blankets, multi-fuel stove and cooking utensils, water containers and water purification kits — into countries needing them most.
The kits also contain children’s activities, tools and depending on climate, hats, gloves or mosquito netting.
All these things make up the kit and are sent to locations needing help after tornadoes, earthquakes or other natural disasters.
The organization was started as a Rotarian effort in Great Britain in 2000, Dyer said. The Londonderry Rotary Club has supported ShelterBox through the years, raising money to purchase boxes to send to victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Myanmar cyclone in 2008 and the earthquake in Haiti.
ShelterBox also helped with tornado victims in Oklahoma earlier this year.
The majority of money raised — 85 cents out of every dollar— goes directly into the supplies being sent.
Dyer said she and her husband felt it was a good idea to help continue the good work affiliated with ShelterBox and to also support their son’s work with the organization.
It’s a true family affair, she said, giving the retired couple a good way to stay active and spread help to others.
“We thought we could go out and raise funds,” Dyer said.
She said it’s important to get the word out about ShelterBox and what it means. She and her husband have spoken to other Rotary groups and visited events to offer information on the boxes and how important they are.
Visit shelterbox.org or call 434-8794.