What's Inside the Shelter Boxes Going to Japan?

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ShelterBox is sending their awesome, super-compact, heavy duty disaster relief boxes to Japan (you can help them with a single $1 donation). They pack 100 pounds of equipment in just 33 x 24 x 22 inches. Here's what is inside:

• A custom-made shelter tent that fits up to 10 people, designed to withstand extreme temperatures and rain. It even has privacy partitions inside.
• Thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets.
• Water purification system that runs for six months.
• Industrial-grade steel mini stove that can use wood or any other fuel, for heating and cooking.
• Cooking utensils.
• Bowls, mugs, and other containers.
• Toolbox with hammer, axe, saw, trenching shovel, hoe head, pliers and wire cutters.
• A children pack with drawing books, crayons and pens, to keep the kids distracted after losing all their toys.
• And of course, the heavy duty box can be used to store anything, from food to water.

[Shelter Box—Donate $1 through Philanthroper]

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I can't help but think about how much of our "donations" are actually getting to the people in need instead of paying off the salary of these workers.

Don't get me wrong, what they're doing is great. But can't we just have one organization (i.e. Red Cross) spending all of our donation money? Why does everyone have to take a chip at this?