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South Coast Non-Profit Celebrates Global Legacy Of Helping Disaster Victims

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(Photo courtesy Shelterbox)
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Flooding victims in Paraguay get supplies from "Shelterbox"

A two decade old non-profit organization which helps people hit by disasters around the world is celebrating its work tonight, with a big event in Carpinteria. “Shelterbox” supplies things like tents and water purification systems.

Ned Morris is a winemaker, and Rotary Club member from Washington State who wanted to do more than raise money to help those in need. He’s a Shelterbox response team member who travels the world to help disaster victims.

Morris just returned from Paraguay, where he took key supplies to some of the thousands of people displaced by massive flooding. He says it’s a great feeling to be able to help those in crisis.

Shelterbox has helped an estimated 1.5 million people in 100 countries since being founded in 2000. It has offices in Santa Barbara and Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The non-profit held a star studded event in Carpinteria Thursday to tell its little known story.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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