Category Archives: Service Projects

Christmas Giving

We know that Christmas is the time of giving. We hope you will consider a donation to our work. You can donate online at our website. Paypal is the processor. You can send a check to the address below. We also have a system to accept stocks from the Stock Market. You need to call Gordon for details on donating your stock. We know some have IRA and retirement accounts and the government requires you to draw a minimum legal amount each year or you are penalized. The amount of withdrawal is then income and will be taxed. However, a donation to Charity Anywhere from the IRA or retirement account is not taxed as income and satisfies the minimum withdrawal amount. Again, contact Gordon on how this is done.   Our work this past year has been wonderful. In Ecuador we are presently delivering rugged locally built wheelchairs to the poor with mobility issues. Our goal for next year is 40 chairs per month. The Overland One Foundation has partnered with us on this project. Just last week we delivered in Ecuador 8 of these tough wheelchairs. Go to our website to see how well they are built. This helps employ people in Ecuador and bless those struggling with walking and moving issues.   Our malnutrition program in Guatemala has taken a big step forward by expanding our distribution of Incaperina to 3 other villages near Senahu. We have been serving 200 babies, children and mothers and now will be serving 300. Again, the website has information on this great program. We have partnered with NaruGuatemala Foundation..   We continue to serve the Dominican Republic on the hearing impaired school in Baharuco. We have a group going in March to do more work on the school.   Mexico has taken giant leaps forward with service to Tijuana, Rocky Point and Agua Prieta. These are the cheapest expeditions because we can drive to each. Construction is our main focus. We had over 15 expeditions this year and this coming year will increase to 20.   We do have on our website a report of the funds donated and how they were used. We reported that 93 cents of each dollar goes to the programs. 7 cents pays for the expenses such as warehouse, vehicles, insurance and utilities. We pay no taxes and have no employees.   Again, please consider a donation to help us meet the coming year’s goals and programs.   We thank all the volunteers and donors for their support. We wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope to see you all soon on another expedition. Remember our foundation name is Charity Anywhere. Charity is the pure love of Christ. Our volunteers and donors take the pure love of Christ to the world.   Gordon Carter

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Future Projects

Here are some more expeditions coming up this year and next year.   November 17-25, 2018 – Tijuana Mexico – Thanksgiving -Construction   June 14 – 22, 2019 – Agua Prieta Mexico – Construction   February 9 – 20, 2019 – Ecuador – Medical, dental and education

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Saraguro Grand Opening Ceremony: Disabled Center

We attended the opening ceremony of the disability center here in Saraguro, Ecuador yesterday, May 31st. The ceremony mostly recognized the accomplishments of the local politicians, fire department and other staff workers.  It was heartwarming to see the youth and older citizens “El tercer edad” participate in the ceremony. Especially the mentally challenged playing instruments with a local band and also performing a choreographed dance.

During the ceremony the mayor (photo of man approaching the mic in traditional Saraguro attire) recognized the assistance of Charity Anywhere. I was not aware of your organization until he mentioned Charity Anywhere during his speech. They also mentioned they are in the process of clearing Customs for 2 containers of supplies sent from the U.S.

Best regards and congratulations,

Brian and JoDon Rawls

Vilcabamba, Ecuador

 

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Miracle in Dominican Republic

Thursday the 11th we went to pick up Adrianne Jones at the airport. She is affiliated with The Operation Underground Railroad that rescues trafficked minors. Mike and Marisa Johnson haven’t been able to get their car fixed and asked us to pick her up. We had found out that she was coming just two days before her trip. We hurriedly arranged for Gordon Carter to meet her and have her bring along a suitcase of stuff from Charity Anywhere Foundation. We were expecting her to have one of the suitcases that Mike (Christy’s brother) had loaded with nice clothing to give out to missionaries that needed them and throw in one of the musical instruments he had to donate to the children’s orchestra out in barrio Viet Nam. Gordon couldn’t find those so he loaded about 200 reader glasses into a suitcase and filled the rest of it with random clothing and shoes from the warehouse and gave that to Adrianne to bring to us.

It turned out that she was on the same flight into Santo Domingo as Sister Rochon who was returning from meetings in Puerto Rico. Sister Rochon came out and then we waited a long time for Adrianne. She finally emerged following a guy who had confiscated the trunk with the donations in it. Since we were also picking up Ruth Kartchner who was due to arrive about 90 minutes later and also bringing extra stuff, we had Carlos (who lives near the airport) meet us in case we needed him to carry more cargo.

We followed Adrianne and the customs guy to some offices way to the end of the airport complex and waited to get a chance to speak with the one who decides things. The problem was that his suitcase had about 200 pairs of reader glasses with all the tags still on. We did not have time nor even had thought of any need to provide Adrianne with any documentation about what all those glasses were for.

For some reason the customs guy didn’t think that 200 reader glasses with the tags still on is the sort of thing that typical tourists would travel with. .

It was a good thing that Carlos was there. He is very smooth and could talk an elephant out of his trunk, or talk a customs guy out of keeping ours. Carlos convinced him that the glasses were for a legitimate charity and we would be sure to have documentation from here on out. The official released the trunk back to us and requested that we send him emails confirming who we were and what those glasses were for. That we did.

In the end we didn’t really need Carlos to haul anything. But if he hadn’t been there we don’t think we would have gotten that stuff out of the customs office. These are what we often call “tender mercies”, the way things work out almost by accident. Read on for the rest of this story. There are no accidents. Christy had gone through the clothing and shoes that had arrived in the suitcase with the glasses. The clothing was not missionary attire, but could be used for regular wear. There was also a good assortment of shoes of various types and sizes. We boxed all of that up and took it with us to church thinking possibly to give it to the bishop.

After the meeting Christy decided to offer all of that to Kadensy to use for his family of 8 or distribute as he saw fit. Kadensy was there. He wanted us to know that some of his family members could not attend church because they didn’t have anything to wear. He has 6 children with another near on the way. His wife didn’t have any tops that fit that she could wear to church and one of his boys had outgrown his good trousers. It turned out that just about everything in those two boxes was something that they needed. His son now has two pair of pants that fit him well that he can wear to church. There were several large blouses that would fit his pregnant wife and all of the shoes would fit someone including a blue pair of running shoes that fit Kadensy perfectly and would match the blue shirt that the staff will wear in the school where he teaches. There was something for everyone.

So to sum this up: the random clothing that Gordon threw into that suitcase at the last second in Utah (because he couldn’t find the ones he was looking for), that was saved because we had Carlos with us at the airport, and that we randomly decided to take to church with us that day and then hand over to this family were just exactly what they needed. Kadensy had to choose whether to pay tithing or go buy a few clothes. He paid his tithing and then this all showed up out of the blue, and outfitted them better than they could have hoped for. As we often say to each other, there are no accidents.

This is Gordon. You get my part of this little miracle.

I was told an hour before Adrianne was to fly to Santo Domingo to get a suitcase ready for her to take and rendezvous with her at the airport. I thought I knew where the suitcase for her was in the warehouse but I couldn’t find it. I then decided to make another suitcase. I knew they always could use reading glasses. I found a box with over 200 reading glasses at different powers. I put it in the suitcase and then grabbed 2 bags of clothing. I went through it and most of it was 4x large clothing for men and women. I hesitated to send those down but decided that maybe one or two for women would work. I sorted out all the children clothing and put them in. I weighed the suitcase and it was 4 pounds short. I knew we had some new shoes so I ran back and got 7 pairs of different size shoes. One pair was huge and blue. Again I thought would a pair of big shoes be used. I decided, why not send them, they will find someone to use them. I put the shoes in and weighed the suitcase. It was 50.2 pounds.

I immediately put the suitcase in the car and headed for the airport. Sure enough, 2 minutes after I arrived Adrianne showed up.

We are thrilled to help Kadensy family. The Lord works with the weak and simple to get his work done. I was honored to be one of his helpers. Kadensy and his family. Ruth to Kadensy’s left. We didn’t know that when we took this, most of those kids were wearing about the only cloths they had that still fit. They couldn’t bring themselves to go outside, much less wear those to church.

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