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Humanitarian work in Puerto Rico

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My name is Randee Litten and I am an Emergency Registered Nurse for St Joseph Hospital in Eureka California. I am 1 of 56 nurses in the country who were chosen to board a Humanitarian flight to San Juan Puerto Rico on Wednesday.
The organization that I am working with is called RN Response Network, working in cooperation with National Nurses United. Myself and 300 other volunteers will be housed in the coliseum in San Juan and our purpose is to assist with the devastation that Hurricane Maria caused. The hours will be long and the work will be very intense. Most of Puerto Rico is still without power, the hospitals and many other facilities are running off generators.
I will be on the ground no later than Wednesday evening and I'm asking for your help to get me there as well as to help the people of Puerto Rico, our fellow Americans. 
I would like to divide your donations up three ways: 
First, I will need financial help. My expenses include driving to San Francisco last minute to catch my flight out of SF, help with my home finances due to missing wages while I’m gone and help to fund gear that is needed for the rough terrain I'll be in. 
Secondly, a larger portion of the funds will go directly to the people of Puerto Rico. Right now, they have nothing. If we can put some money into their pockets, maybe they'll gain some hope, and at the same time, see that their fellow people do care about their well being.
Lastly, I'd like to donate a portion of the funds to the non profit agency i'm traveling with, the RN Response Network. RNRN has been sending volunteer nurses to disaster-stricken areas where and when they are needed since 2005. If you're interested in donating directly to them, their website is: 

Nationalnursesunited.org
 
Please help me do the best work possible while I'm down there. Thank you for giving whatever you can. I feel so privileged to be chosen for this deployment.
You are all coming with me in spirit. Help me bring some light to our fellow Americans, the people of Puerto Rico.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I recently heard from Nahely and wanted to update you on the latest. Less than a week ago, she read an SOS message on social media from Vieques. The entire family decided to drop everything they were doing and head to Fajardo to catch the 1p ferry. First a stop at Costco so they could fill their entire car with requested items such as batteries, diapers, bug spray, canned meats, pampers for the elderly, etc...

Once in Vieques, they dropped everything off at La Incubadora, a project that was going on before Maria and its purpose is to empower and encourage people to do things for themselves. Like creating their own businesses. Post-Maria they have been using the space as a "centeo de acopio" like the main place were people give stuff and then its delivered. They've been helping the poorest communities and dividing/giving out everything the next day.

The work is continuing, because of all of you. We can't thank you enough!
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This family is incredible!
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If there was ever a doubt in your mind that your money wasn’t being well spent, here is the latest update from the most amazing Puerto Rican family ever. I never asked for a dollar for dollar spread sheet. I trust them with every part of me. Clearly, my intuition was right. Today, Nahely gave us an update. Puerto Rico has once again gone dark. Below are her exact words...

“The government had said that by today, half of the system would be working. They just forced the system in order to get the numbers they needed to accomplish what they had promised. The consequence? The electrical system collapsed; again this week.
When the government is referring to the % that they have been able to electrify or expect to do so soon, they are not referring to the households that have electricity, but the % of kilowatts that we are consuming as a country.
Before Maria, Puerto Rico was using X quantity of kilowatts, so the government is just aspiring to get the 100% of that initial number, even if more than half the island is still without electricity service! But politics are like that so if they get that number up they can say they are electrifying the island super quickly..”

Thank you for your support. All of you. We’re making Puerto Rican’s lives a little better every day <3
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It's been a few days since my last update...so much has been done! I spent some time on the phone last night with Nahely. University has started back up, even though they lost power again yesterday! She is putting together a list of all the towns they've helped (with our funding) and plans on getting it to me today. I dispensed another $3000 to their family yesterday; they have met many incredible contacts on the ground and are also realizing that not all organizations that are present are appropriate to dispense our money to. I'm hoping my next update will be filled with so many wonderful stories of continuous aide for the people of Puerto Rico.
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Many blessings to all of your contributions! I’m still in shock that the money continues to come in. I’ll be allocating some to a few organizations tomorrow and will update you as soon as it happens. I’ll be talking with the family I left in charge of the finances within 24 hours and will know more shortly. We are doing so much good together for the people of Puerto Rico!
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