Let The Hippo Fly

Hello friends. I have acquired a hostel in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, and am trying to bring it back from the drowning it suffered at the hands of Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year. My hostel, the Caribbean Hippo (long story), is the gateway to the beach paradise islands just off the east coast. 

Two of my favorite things are traveling and facilitating community; running a hostel immerses me in both passions. I want to make my guests feel like they're at home while also giving them a bridge to more remote parts of Puerto Rico.  It's really easy to dream on.

The thing about dreams is, they're expensive, and reality imposes oppressive shackles on my idealism.  For example, the van I inherited and plan to use as a shuttle operating between San Juan and Fajardo is now making terrible banging noise. Oh, and I recently discovered a mold infestation; dealing with it will deplete my financial reserves. So that brings us here.

There are half a million great causes you could donate to, so it feels awfully arrogant to get on here and ask for money for my business venture. But here we are. I put $5,000 as the goal because it's a round number and it's outrageous. I will be ecstatic if people give me $50.  Somehow or other, I am going to get this hostel off the ground -- the hippo is going to fly.  And when the hippo flies, everyone who enters will have a chance to live a better story. So that's what I'll do with every penny you donate: create stories.

I'm an international business mogul now, so here's some incentive to invest in the Caribbean Hippo. For every dollar you donate, I'll give you triple the amount as credit for your stay at my fine establishment. Honestly, I would rather not charge friends who fly across giant oceans to come visit me, but I don't know if I can actually offer that.  But I can offer the credit, so there it is.

Thank you in advance for being so awesome.
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Josh Herchenroeder 
Cape San Juan Light, PR

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