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)
of $700 goal.
Raised by 14 donors
95% Complete

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 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

Posted on February 12, 2018

Posted on February 12, 2018

Thank you for your support and sharing our cause with your friends  and family! We are only 12 days away from leaving! Crazy! Good news is that between the money raised on this campaign and from our wonderful patients at the clinic, we have completely covered our travel cost.

The remainder of the money we are looking to raise from this campaign will be used to cover Volunteer Placement Fees. Because Boise Acupuncture Co-op is a non-profit, the director of Acupuncturists Without Borders is flexible with what we pay, but we want to make sure to give back to this  incredible organization for all they do.  

If you want to take a look at the amazing work Acupuncturists Without Borders is involved in, click here:

Any extra funds raised from this campaign will be donated to AWB! Thanks everyone!

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