Acupuncture for Diaster Relief in Puerto Rico

For: Those effected by Hurricane Maria
Puerto Rico
Organizer: Boise Acupuncture Co-op
Acupuncture for Diaster Relief in Puerto Rico (Those effected by Hurricane Maria)
$875
of $700 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 16 donors

The Story

Since Hurricane Maria touched land on the coast of Puerto Rico on September 20th, millions of lives have drastically changed. More than 4 months after the worst natural disaster in Puerto Rico's recorded history, many remote areas of the island are still without power. Puerto Ricans are just now able to start to face the tragedy they have endured and doctors on the island are warning of an immediate mental health crisis. (If you would like to read more about Puerto Rico's mental health crisis click here.)


Gretchen and Shanell, acu-punks at The Boise Acupuncture Co-op, will be traveling with Acupuncturists Without Borders from February 26th- March 4th, bringing the power of acupuncture to remote communities on the west side of the island.


Acupuncture is an incredible tool to use during natural disaster recovery because it gives it's patients the chance to experience relaxation, peace and balance. Acupuncture is clinically proven to help regulate the fight-or-flight nervous system, improve sleep, reduce anxiety and alleviate pain. We will be using tiny needles to interrupt the devastating effects of trauma, reduce suffering and help communities find resiliency!


We will be sharing every minute of the journey with you with pictures on our Facebook page and in a special newsletter when we return. Gretchen and Shanell will be traveling on their own dime and could still use a little help to fund this incredible service trip. All funds raised will go directly to helping pay for the travel cost of this trip. Any extra funds will be donated to Acupuncturists Without Borders. For those of you who have already donated, THANK YOU!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 2, 2018

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Posted on April 2, 2018

Alright! We have finished our very special newsletter filled with our stories, photos and experiences in Puerto Rico. We hope that this gives you a more direct perspective of the work that you helped us do with your support. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

To read the newsletter click below!

http://shoutout.wix.com/so/9M9A38IX#/main


Posted on March 10, 2018

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Posted on March 10, 2018

Wow! What a journey. Gretchen and I are filled with gratitude to have been able to travel with Acupuncturists Without Borders in Puerto Rico. We worked with a beautiful group of acupuncturists and volunteers from all over the States, held clinics for community members in small mountainous towns on the west side of the island, gave treatments to first-responders and FEMA workers, and were able to enjoy the beauty of La Isla Del Encanto during down time. I believe we got as much out of this trip in our own personal growth as we gave to our patients in treatments. There is no describing the love and resiliency that pulses through that island and it's people. 


We are putting together a newsletter with our thoughts, experiences, stories and photos in the coming weeks and will be posting here again to provide you with a link- so stay tuned!


And once again, thank you so much for supporting this mission. You gave us the opportunity of a lifetime and we are so so so appreciative. 


With love,

Shanell & Gretchen




Posted on February 24, 2018

Posted on February 24, 2018

We are taking off in 3 hours! We are incredibly humbled by all of the support, good wishes, prayers and excitement we've received by our patients, friends and family! We can't wait to start our work with Acupuncturists Without Borders and witness the transformation our tiny needles can bring to communities all around Puerto Rico.

Thank you for your help! We couldn't have done it without every single one of you.


-Shanell & Gretchen

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