Category Archives: Service Projects

My Popcorn Party in Cuzco Peru

My Popcorn Party in Cuzco, Peru

April 2011

Susan and I were part of a team of medical and dental workers who had come to Peru to help the poor indigenous people in the mountains.  We were in Cuzco during Easter weekend before we had to set off to our designated work place.

As part of the Easter religious celebration, there was a big parade.  It was very long and solemn and depicted the death of Jesus.  The procession snaked through the city very slowly and reverently as mourners remembered the sacrifice of the Savior with slow drum beats and music.

We were determined to see the parade and decided to pick a spot on the parade route on the huge steps outside the Catholic Cathedral. The steps were almost like bleachers and overlooked the main town square.  We were not sure how soon the parade would get to our spot but many locals were gathering in this area.

We waited and waited.  Nothing even looked like the procession was coming.  A mother with a little boy and girl carried a big basket to a place where we were sitting.  The big basket was filled with sacks of popcorn.  The little boy and girl started going up and down the street selling the popcorn.  I noticed that they did not have much success.  There was about 8 in our group so I thought that it would be nice to just go down and buy 8 bags of popcorn.  When I got to the big basket I saw that they had about 40 bags.

I asked the little boy how much a bag of popcorn cost and I think it was like 50 cents.  I then asked how much it would be to buy the whole basket!  He did not understand what I was asking.  I thought how fun it would be to buy the whole basket and then give it out to the people sitting on the bleachers.

One of our group spoke Spanish and so she asked the little boy.  He ran and got his mom and we negotiated a price for the whole basket.  It was like $20.  I started giving the popcorn away to the children that were around us.  They loved it!

As soon as I paid the mom the $20, the little boy took off on a dead run to somewhere.  We couldn’t figure out where he had gone.  He was all smiles.  After 10 minutes I realized why he ran so fast.  He returned with another big basket full of bags of popcorn!  He was one sharp little business man.  When he saw that he was sold out of product he immediately took off for more.

As the little girl and mom handed out the free popcorn, the audience of children in the bleachers literally mobbed them.  I tried to control the give away but was rather unsuccessful. I was totally pleased with the results in that the little family were successful in selling their popcorn.  That was the best $20 I have ever spent!

These are not the boys but they looked just like these boys.

Gordon Carter

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Eagle Project Ideas

  • Family photos in a developing country.  Take a printer with the scout.  Print photo in evening after the family photo.  Have troop make picture frames for photos.  Deliver to family in frame.
  • Gather baseball equipment, uniforms, hats, gloves, etc.  Deliver to Dominicun republic
  • Gather quilts.  Make Quilts.
  • Gather vitamins and bag in zip loc bags 30 to the bag.
  • Make hygiene kits.
  • Gather Spanish books for poor Mexican school libraries.
  • Make school kits.
  • Gather used eyeglasses, clean, grade and wrap for future trips to developing countries.
  • Gather used shoes.  Clean, grade, and categorize for future trips to developing countries.
  • Gather English books for Southern Indian reservation school libraries in Utah.
  • Make newborn kits.
  • Gather soccer balls, uniforms, goalie gloves, nets.

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List of Expeditions for 2017

September 22-30 Guatemala – Medical, dental and construction. Oct. 13-22 – Dominican Republic – Construction  – Benedict’s in the DR Nov. 17-26 Guatemala – construction – Leader Monty Eggett

Nov. 17-26 Ecuador – construction – Leader Orem Home Schoolers

Dec. 26– Jan. 2 Tijuana – construction – Leader Will Sant and Bracken Lind

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List of Expeditions for 2017

September 22-30 Guatemala – Medical, dental and construction. Oct. 13-22 – Dominican Republic – Construction  – Benedict’s in the DR Nov. 17-26 Guatemala – construction – Leader Monty Eggett Nov. 17-26 Ecuador – construction – Leader Orem Home Schoolers Dec. 26– Jan. 2 Tijuana – construction – Leader Will Sant and Bracken Lind

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Beyond 5, Help

The singing group Beyond 5 from Nashville, Tennessee helped load donations for the street kids in Bogota Colombia.  The donations included 40 hygiene kits and 20 pairs of boys shoes and 20 pairs of girls shoes.  The donations were distributed this week in Bogota.  Beyond 5 is from Nashville, Tennessee.  Check out their website HERE.

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New Projects

Oct. 1-3 – Navajo indian reservation in northern Arizona.  deliver needed goods to individual senior citizens on the Navaj  o reservation.  Diapers, coats, sweaters, towels, paper products, school supplies, shoes, clothing, wet wipes, bed pads, eye glasses, tooth paste, 3 Nov. 21-29 Santa Clara, Ecuador.  construction crew to build homes and a dental office.  Open Nov. 19-22 rosariao,MX – Construction Nov. 22-29 rosarito, MX – Construction Dec. 1-9 – Pujo State Government officials visit SLC Dec. 20-26 – rosarito,MX – Santa claus and construction Dec. 26-Jan. 2 – rosarito, MX – construction, education and eye glasses project Mar. 7=14 -Otavalo, Ecuador – Medical, dental and construction Mar. 7-14 – Rosarito, MX construction May. 9-16  Santa Clara, Ecuador – Dental June. 8-13 – rosarito, MX construction JUly 11-18 – Xalapa, MX construction project Aug. 8-15 – Santa Clara, Ecuador – construction project. Aug. 8-15 – Rosarito, MX. construction

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Rada

Good day Mr.Carter,

I just got back from my trip to Tijuana, Mexico and I had the best experience ever! I met Erin and everyone else who was with me the same week! Everyone was very kind, good and caring towards me and I cannot thank you enough for such an amazing experience !!! I learned so much and I made everlasting friendships !!!  We did constructions including the rebuilding of a soccer field of a catholic school, renovating two rooms in an orphanage and building the basics for a home! I also assisted two dentists in cleaning and extraction of teeth. I am sending you some pictures so you can see what we did this week!!! Best, Rada

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Rada

Good day Mr.Carter,

I just got back from my trip to Tijuana, Mexico and I had the best experience ever! I met Erin and everyone else who was with me the same week! Everyone was very kind, good and caring towards me and I cannot thank you enough for such an amazing experience !!! I learned so much and I made everlasting friendships !!!  We did constructions including the rebuilding of a soccer field of a catholic school, renovating two rooms in an orphanage and building the basics for a home! I also assisted two dentists in cleaning and extraction of teeth. I am sending you some pictures so you can see what we did this week!!! Best, Rada

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More help in SLC

Charity Anywhere again delivered paper products to The Catholic Civic Mission which runs a daily soup kitchen.  Also, paper products were delivered to the Service Mission for Homeless Men and Women.  Over 200 rolls of toilet paper, 10 rolls of paper towels and 10 boxes of Kleenex and 10 packages of wet wipes were delivered.

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