It’s a Boyhood Dream Thing

Ever since I was a kid sandbagging against the Great Flood of 1993 near the city of St. Louis, I’ve always dreamed of canoeing all 2552* miles of the Mississippi River from the Headwaters in northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana. They say it takes a drop of water 90 days to go that distance, so that’s what I decided to do: starting on July 7, 2018, I spent 90 days on the river. I stopped to visit places I’ve always wanted to see, and gave presentations about ShelterBox to groups along the way to commemorate the 25th anniversary of that Great Flood and remember the people who lost everything that summer. Flooding remains the biggest natural cause of devastation on our planet.

*Yes, the famous marker at the Headwaters says 2,552 miles even though modern maps say 2350. Either way, it is a lot of paddling!

Sharing the ShelterBox display with a student Interact Club

My ShelterBox Story

I first learned about the opportunity to volunteer with ShelterBox through my Rotary Club. With 85 million people displaced around the world, emergency shelter is needed now more than ever. ShelterBox is proud to lead the way in the future of disaster relief, empowering families in vulnerable, hard to reach communities to rebuild their lives by providing tents, tarps, tools, bedding, mosquito nets, solar lights and other basic necessities of shelter after their community has lost everything.

As a realtor, I know how important a home and a community is, especially when you don’t know where you’re going to live in the immediate future.

When you give, you are helping to ensure that no family goes without shelter when disaster strikes. No matter the size, your investment will transform lives and contribute to the process of recovery. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!

Also, the more people that know about ShelterBox, the greater our impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you!

Interested in becoming a ShelterBoxUSA Volunteer or Ambassador? Learn More!

My Expedition Team

I couldn’t do this alone. I had help finding people willing to meet me and raising funds to shelter families who have been left homeless after a natural or man-made disaster. My goal was $100 for every mile of the Mississippi. My volunteer crew and I have been reaching out to Rotary Clubs, ShelterBox Ambassadors, Community leaders and sponsors. If you have a good lead or want to schedule a presentation, please check my float plan to see when I’ll be in your area.

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Next Steps…

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