NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Acacia Network Inc., the largest Puerto Rican non-profit in the U.S., in response to the most catastrophic hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in almost a century, launched a national relief effort. Acacia with other organizations, private entities, and local Puerto Rican non-profits and individual volunteers, has mobilized to provide critical relief directly to the victims this devastation. Acacia's leadership committed $1 million dollars to kick off the DonatePuertoRico campaign.
Our Fund is growing strong, with many of our partners donating immediate needs and funds. Day 3 post Hurricane, we began providing food for 65 families of patients in the Pediatric University Hospital with the help of one of our local partners the Fundación Ecológica Educativa. Day 6, with the assistance of our onsite volunteers, we have identified elderly in critical need in San Juan, opened an account with a local food supplier, and will begin delivering to these seniors immediately. Today, a shipping container full of generators, construction materials, water, and medical supplies was packed and will be shipped this weekend.
The impact of Hurricane Maria will be felt for a long time to come. With the humanitarian crisis at hand, this Fund's first response is cash donations to assist with immediate needs -- clearing the roads, generators, and medicine. "We are working with the various communities, people, and entities in Puerto Rico to best determine what is needed and where," said Raul Russi, CEO Acacia.
Acacia has set up donation drop off locations across New York City. Greatest need at this time is EMERGENCY SUPPLIES: Bottled Water, Baby wipes, Hand sanitizer, Diapers, Canned and Dry foods, Baby formula, Garbage bags, Towels, Canned milk, Pet food, Pain relief medicine, Diarrhea relief medicine, Mosquito repellant, Blankets, Pillows, First-aid kits, Detergent, Soap, and Cots. CONSTRUCTION SUPPLIES: Extension cords, Ground fault protectors, Pop-up canopies, Shovels, Wheelbarrows, Crowbars, Hammers, Utility knives, Work gloves, Wood panels, Electric generators, Electric cables, Tarps, Ropes, Chainsaws, and Safety glasses. All donations must be sealed, new, and unexpired. We cannot accept donations other than these or that have expired.
"We have been committed to Puerto Rico, and we will be there to let you know what is happening," says Russi. "It will take months, if not years, for Puerto Rico to bounce back, but we are resilient. AyudaPuertoRico will continue providing assistance for as long as resources will allow." 100% of ALL donations will go directly to victims. Please visit www.DonatePuertoRico.com for more details on the work being done and updates.
About Acacia Network, Inc.
The leading Latino integrated care nonprofit in the nation, Acacia network offers the community, from children to seniors, a pathway to behavioral and primary healthcare, housing, and empowerment. Offices in NY, FL, TN, and Puerto Rico.
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