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Raul Russi Announces $1 Million Donation To Puerto Rico Relief

Acacia Launches DonatePuertoRico/AyudaPuertoRico Campaign

Press Release – New York, NY (September 22, 2017) – Acacia Network, Inc., in response to the most catastrophic hurricane to hit our beloved Island in almost a century, has launched a national relief effort to assist the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the devastation they are experiencing. Acacia Network, the largest Puerto Rican non-profit organization in the U.S., in partnership with Unidos por Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA), other organizations, government, and private entities is mobilizing to provide critical relief directly to the victims of Hurricane Maria. Acacia’s leadership and Board have committed $1 million dollars to kick off the AyudaPuertoRico or DonatePuertoRico campaign and request everyone’s support.

The impact of Hurricane Maria will be felt, both on the Island and the mainland, for a long time to come. With the total loss of electric power and catastrophic flood waters, many parts of the Island are uninhabitable. The first response needed at this time is cash donations to assist with their immediate needs — clearing the roads, getting medicine to the sick and injured, and helping the most vulnerable residents, the elderly and the very young. “We plan to have the Acacia team on the first flights to Puerto Rico as a part of our initial response, and to keep you informed,” said Raul Russi, CEO Acacia Network. “We will work onsite with the various communities, people, and entities in Puerto Rico to best determine what is needed and where.”

Acacia has set up donation drop off locations across the city. At this time, there is greatest need for the following. EMERGENCY SUPPLIES: Bottled Water, Baby wipes, Hand sanitizer, Diapers, Canned foods, Dry foods, Baby formula, Garbage bags, Towels, Canned milk, Canned and dry pet food, Baby and adult pain relief medicine, Stomach and Diarrhea relief medicine, Mosquito repellant, Blankets, Pillows, First-aid kits, Laundry detergents, Dish 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, Tarp, Ropes, Chainsaws, and Safety glasses. All donations must be 100% sealed and new. Please check expiration dates. We cannot accept donations other than these items or that have expired.

The Acacia team will be arriving into Puerto Rico shortly to ensure that all donations will be delivered immediately to those in need. Daily updates will be provided from the Island to keep you informed. “After the news stops reporting on the aftermath of the Hurricane, we will be there to let you know what is happening,” says Russi. “It will take months, if not years, for all of the people of Puerto Rico to bounce back from the devastation. AyudaPuertoRico will continue providing assistance for as long as our resources will allow.” 100% of ALL donations will go directly to victims of this hurricane. All contributions, no matter how large or small, make a difference. Please visit or for more details on the work being done.

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