Eric Reise of Hermiston has been recognized by President Obama and ShelterBox USA with a Presidential Volunteer Service Award for his efforts during 2011 to “provide shelter, warmth and dignity for survivors of natural and other disasters worldwide.”

Reise was instrumental in helping ShelterBox provide more than 17,600 of its emergency survival kits to survivors of disasters around the world last year, including the earthquake/tsunami in Japan, tornadoes in the United States, drought and famine in East Africa and earthquakes in Turkey.

Each ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, stove, blankets and water filtration system, among other tools for survival.

“I am truly proud to honor our volunteers, who work hard year-round to support ShelterBox and our efforts to help families rebuild their lives across the globe,” said Emily Sperling, ShelterBox USA President. “It’s because of the continuous efforts of our volunteers such as Eric that we are able to help so many vulnerable families each year.”

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is part of a national recognition program created in 2003 through the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation for individuals of all ages who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer activities.

ShelterBox’s American affiliate, ShelterBox USA is nationally headquartered in Sarasota, Fla. Individual tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at www.shelterboxusa.org, (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.

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