Kenny Loggins

SINGER & SONGWRITER TELLS WHY HE SUPPORTS SHELTERBOX
By Lucky Drucker, ShelterBox USA Intern

Hi, I’m Lucky Drucker, an 8th grader and an intern at ShelterBox. For the past year, I have been raising awareness of ShelterBox and its life-saving mission. I even donated the money I received for my bat mitzvah to ShelterBox!

As part of my internship, I was able to interview some amazing supporters about what inspires them about ShelterBox. Here I talked with singer / songwriter Kenny Loggins to ask about his thoughts about community support and ShelterBox.

ShelterBox USA Santa Barbara event - Kenny Loggins

Q: You have done so much for the community, notably your involvement in Unity Shoppe, where does your motivation for giving come from?

A: I am from Seattle and when I moved to Santa Barbara I wanted to do something to put me in the Christmas spirit. I was looking for a charity that provided basic necessities. I started with toys initially and was performing at music clubs in Santa Barbara and asked that admission to each club be a toy around the holidays. Then I met Barbara from Unity Shoppe, and became very involved, including raising a lot of money through telethons. I like bringing people together and I have always been the kind of person that wants to build bridges. I feel better about myself when I reach out and I wanted to be part of this community. Charity is a way we connect.

Q: More than 30 years ago you were part of the song “We are the World” to help people suffering from famine in Africa. Why is it still so important that people come together to support global humanitarian issues?

A: I think there is a shift in human consciousness happening. We are starting to see our community as larger than one town, one state, or country. I see with ShelterBox, they go wherever in the world they are needed. It takes a big vision and a lot of motivation to connect people around the world. And it is so important. When I was younger, we weren’t as aware of the world and issues communities face, like disasters in other countries. The world is smaller and we are more connected and much more aware today.

Q: You recently attended an event for ShelterBox in Santa Barbara to show your support for the mission. What about ShelterBox moves you to action?

A: I like ShelterBox because it is a well-run organization and filling an unmet need around basic shelter in disasters that I am not aware of any organization doing. ShelterBox is pretty cool. I like that you bring precisely what is needed in each disaster and give humanity and dignity to people who have lost everything.

Blog: Martin Gore interview

By Lucky Drucker, ShelterBox USA Intern

Hi, I’m Lucky Drucker, an 8th grader and an intern at ShelterBox. For the past year, I have been raising awareness of ShelterBox and its life-saving mission. I even donated the money I received for my bat mitzvah to ShelterBox!

As part of my internship, I was able to interview some amazing supporters about what inspires them about ShelterBox. Here I talked with Martin Gore of the band Depeche Mode to ask about his thoughts on giving back and ShelterBox.

Martin Gore and Family

Q: Martin, how has your work around the world influenced your desire to give to global causes?

A: I am a very fortunate person who has had a long career doing something I love. During that long career, I have traveled all over the world and witnessed a lot of inequality. Because of that, I want to try to help where I can.

Q: Why is it important for you to use your visibility to raise awareness of humanitarian issues?

A: I believe that if you have the opportunity to raise awareness of good causes, you should use your visibility. At the same time, however, you have to be careful of ‘charity fatigue’ – constantly bombarding your audience with good cause after good cause. There are so many good charities with worthy causes, you have to choose carefully which ones you choose to promote or people lose interest and any impact that you may have had is lost.

Q: What about ShelterBox moves you?

A: I have been to the ShelterBox offices and have seen one of their tents set up along with various boxes of necessities that are vital in disaster situations. I also Skyped with one of their team members in London who has to be ready for deployment at a moment’s notice. The service that ShelterBox provides and the level of commitment of its team is incredible! With the massive refugee crisis that the world is facing and the ever-increasing number of natural disasters due to climate change, the world needs ShelterBox.