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Six Year Old Nolan Marske Is Making A Difference In The Lives Of Haitian Earthquake Victims

EP News Gary Hazelton

By: Kris Hazelton

One person can make a difference. Little six year old Nolan Marske is making a big difference in the lives of those who lost their homes in the Haitian earthquake by collecting donations to purchase a ShelterBox for earthquake victims.

Nolan saw a video of a seven year old boy named Kiki who was buried underneath a building in Haiti after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Nolan watched as Kiki was rescued from the rubble after being buried for 7 1/2 days, Kiki had a smile a mile wide while he was being rescued and that video made Nolan want to do something to help.

Nolan wondered where Kiki would now live, his home had been completely destroyed by the earthquake. Nolan said, “I wanted to help out Kiki and his family so they don’t have to sleep out in the cold.”

According to Nolan’s mom Ingra, Nolan has always been tenderhearted. She said, “Our family saw the article on ShelterBoxes that ran in the Estes Park News several weeks ago. His Dad Eric is also a member of Sunrise Rotary and Nolan was aware that the club has sent off several ShelterBoxes to Haiti already. Ingra said, “I am amazed that he put two and two together and after seeing Kiki and his need for a home, mentioned that we should send him a ShelterBox because Kiki didn’t have a home anymore!”

When disaster strikes, survivors have often lost their possessions as well as their homes and will need shelter and protection until the local infrastructure is re-established which could take many months. ShelterBox is the only international aid organization that provides shelter and life-saving equipment for survival in an easily transportable box.

Each ShelterBox supplies a family of up to 10 people with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value. Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide.

The daily supplies we take for granted can make all the difference in someone’s life when absolutely everything is gone.

According to Nolan’s dad Eric, Nolan is very excited about ShelterBoxes and tells everyone about them and then asks if they’d like to donate to his cause. He got his Grandma to donate and she convinced members of her Hummel Club to donate as well. Other family members and friends have contributed to help Nolan purchase a ShelterBox as well. Now that Nolan has just about enough for one ShelterBox, he already has his sights set on sending more. Nolan said, “Now I want to send TEN boxes to help out!”

Please join with Nolan as we work together to bring comfort to victims of the earthquake. To show your support, you can make a donation to help this inspirational young man reach his goal of sending ten ShelterBoxes to Haiti by sending your check to made out to Sunrise Rotary to

Nolan Marske

453 E. Wonderview

PMB 167

Estes Park, CO 80517.

In the memo area of the check, please note ShelterBox/Nolan so Rotarians know where the funds are to go.

You can see the video that inspired Nolan at

Thank you for opening your hearts to the people of Haiti. Together we can bring hope to those who are bearing a hardship today.

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