A MERCY mission is underway to send survival kits to families left homeless by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.

Knutsford Rotary Club will be holding bucket collections in Booths supermarket from Thursday, February 16 to Sunday, February 19.

All the money donated will help to fund a Rotary initiative developed to help victims of a major disaster.

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Shelterbox contains a tent for 10 people, blankets and a groundsheet, cooker and utensils, water purification filters, solar lamps and various tools.

Knutsford Guardian: Shelterbox, a Rotary initiative, provides famiiles with basic needs in days after a major disasterShelterbox, a Rotary initiative, provides famiiles with basic needs in days after a major disaster (Image: Knutsford Rotary Club)

The idea is to provide this emergency help until major aid programmes get underway.

Shelterbox agents are already on the ground establishing urgent requirements, which are being flown in from stores distributed around the world.

The Rotary organisation has members in both countries, who are ideally placed to determine what is needed, and they have, with sufficient funding, the ability to deliver it.

As volunteers, aid gets to recipients without administration expenses.

Tony Booth, president of Knutsford Rotary said “Thanks to the generous support from Booths Supermarket, Knutsford Hosts and many other volunteers from the town, Knutsford Rotary Club will be holding a collection in Booths from Thursday to Sunday.

“The proceeds will go to finance the Shelterbox initiative.

“Please give generously to support the victims of the earthquake, as you did this time last year to support Ukrainian refugees.”