Sarasota, Fl - (June 9, 2011) - ShelterBox USA, an international disaster relief organization with U.S. headquarters based in Lakewood Ranch, is partnering with LWR Communities to celebrate Big Green Box Week, its annual awareness week, June 11–18.

Big Green Box Week is designed to promote the importance of taking humanitarian action following natural and other disasters. In the United States, ShelterBox USA celebrates the idea that individuals, businesses, schools, civic and other groups can help make a global impact by supporting ShelterBox’s mission of providing shelter, warmth and dignity to disaster survivors worldwide.

“We deliver aid all around the world,” said Emily Sperling, ShelterBox USA president, “but many people in our own community are not familiar with ShelterBox. We’re pleased to partner with Lakewood Ranch, which will help raise awareness about our work.”

A ShelterBox kit, which contains a disaster relief tent for a family of up to 10 people, stove, blankets, water filtration system and other tools for survival, will be on display at various locations throughout Lakewood Ranch, including the Lakewood Ranch Information Center and three model homes.

Area residents are invited to each location to learn more about ShelterBox. They include:

- The Lakewood Ranch Information Center (6220 University Parkway, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240)
- The Paradise Homes model in Leopard Creek at Country Club East (14925 Leopard Creek Place, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202)

- The TruLiving Homes model in Valderrama at Country Club East (7829 Valderrama Way, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202)

- The Westwater Construction model home in the Lake Club (8388 Catamaran, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202)

For more details about Big Green Box Week, visit

ShelterBox has teams delivering aid in Arkansas following the recent tornadoes that hit the nation’s southern states, as well as in Colombia after widespread flooding affected an estimated three million people in the country.

About Lakewood Ranch
Lakewood Ranch is the 8,500-acre award winning master-planned community in Sarasota and Manatee counties on the West Coast of Florida. Just minutes from the Gulf Coast beaches, and cultural assets in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch is already home to more 15,000 residents and features A-rated schools, a hospital, the Sarasota Polo Club, its own Main Street with theaters, a 22 field sports complex, shopping and dining, and four million square feet of commercial property. For more information Visit

About Shelterbox and Shelterbox USA
ShelterBox instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid. Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth and dignity following more than 140 disasters in more than 70 countries. ShelterBox USA, ShelterBox’s American affiliate, is headquartered in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Individual tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at, (941) 907-6036 or via text message by sending SHELTER to 20222 for a one-time $10 donation. Location and time specific donations cannot be accepted. Information:

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