Area Rotarians say they're locally-focused but globally-minded.

The Rotary Club of Saucon Center Valley, Rotary Club of Easton and Bethlehem Morningstar raised more than $26,000 to support ShelterBox.

“It's absolutely incredible! It's going to go so far to ensure families have access to emergency shelter," said Kerri Murray, ShelterBox president.

ShelterBox response teams are deployed to countries around the world in conflicts or natural disasters. They deliver boxes with the essentials to create some semblance of home to communities that have been wiped out.

“It's the simple things that we do to enable people to connect together as a family, bringing shelter and basic household supplies to help them survive," said Murray.

Each box costs $1,000 and is provided to one family.

It contains things like cooking equipment, ground mats and even a large tent.

"It looks like a recreation tent. It's not. It's made for you to live in. It's a place a family will call home," said Murray.

ShelterBox was established by a Rotarian and was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. So clubs here in the Lehigh Valley hosted a live auction to fund ShelterBox projects.

"We started off saying, 'who can donate $1000 to buy a ShelterBox?' And we had 19 $1000 donations," said Linda Mayger, president of the Rotary Club of Saucon Center Valley.

Mayger says they exceeded their fundraising goal this year and hope to it again in 2020.

"We have been so gratified by the number of people who have stepped up to support this cause," she added.

Some money from the fundraiser also went to the rotary clubs’ general fund to support local projects.

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