Mike Kruse, Batesville, has been recognized by President Barack Obama and humanitarian organization ShelterBox USA with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his efforts in 2013 to assist disaster survivors, according to a press release.
When disasters like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the Syrian refugee crisis strike, many want to help. Kruse took action for ShelterBox, an international disaster relief organization that delivers emergency tented shelter and other lifesaving supplies to survivors of disasters and other humanitarian crises.
Through his efforts of raising awareness and funds for ShelterBox, the organization was able to respond to more than 25 disasters in 19 countries last year, providing families with disaster relief tents, cook stoves, water filters, blankets, mosquito nets, children’s packs and other essential equipment.
In one of the longest responses in ShelterBox history, the organization has sent aid to support over 5,000 families affected by the Syrian crisis in Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon and Jordan. Already in the country, ShelterBox volunteers were able to respond immediately when Typhoon Haiyan hit and have distributed shelters and other supplies to help 5,900 families to date.
“I am incredibly honored to work alongside our volunteers, including Mike,” said Emily Sperling, ShelterBox USA president. “It is through their continuous efforts that we are able to bring shelter, warmth and dignity to so many families displaced by disaster around the globe.”
This award is a special recognition presented on behalf of Obama. The 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.