Friday, February 5, 2010

Got an Old Tent? Send it to Haiti.

I’m assuming if you are a regular visitor to the Adventure Anywhere Blog and NEMO website, you’re a gear junkie. It’s ok, you can admit it. You have multiple tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, skis, etc. in your quiver. And you should, you’re worth it. But maybe, in light of the events in Haiti, you could take a look in that quiver and see if there’s something you’ve recently replaced or could live without. Could someone in Haiti who has lost his home and every possession benefit from it?

After checking our inventory, we have found 50+ brand new tents, footprints and Removable Insulated Floors that we can donate to the people of Haiti. Some of us here at NEMO also have old tents from back before the days of NEMO that we’ll be donating.

Through my research, I found Mark Richey from Mark Richey Woodworking in Newburyport, MA, who is coordinating a gear donation. He has already made two shipments, over 50 pallets worth of tents and sleeping bags, to Haiti and is getting ready for another in mid-February. He’s a member of the American Alpine Club and he’s less than an hour from our studio, which means we can drive our donations to him. And even if you don’t have gear to donate, check out his website. He does beautiful custom woodworking and his facility is powered by Biomass and wind. If nothing else, it’s an interesting case in making use of your waste.

So, if you’re in the area and want to coordinate with our donation, shoot me an email. Otherwise, might I suggest you contact Mark Richey and jump on board?


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