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Service Award by the LDS Dental Academy for 2015

L. Gordon Carter, Founder of Charity Anywhere Foundation, was presented the Service Award by the LDS Dental Academy for 2015. One of the major purposes of the Academy is to encourage service to under-privleged people throughout the world.

Dr. Evan Roundy, Executive Committee member and past President of the organization presented the award on Aug. 15, 2015 at the annual banquet.on the campus of Brigham Young University. Dr. Len Aste also received the award. On hand to congratulate the recipients were current President, Dr.Lawrence Palmer and Academy Founder, Gordon Christensen.

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ANOTHER AMAZING MIRACLE

A few weeks ago Dr. Zambrano in Quito wrote a short note with pictures of a little 11 year old girl that was born deaf. Her father left the family because she was a special needs child. The mother decided to sell her house to pay for a $51,000 operation for the little girl to provide her with hearing. They inserted some thing into the brain and then ran wires to a hearing aide by her ears. Dr. Zambrano said that the wires and battery had gone bad and wanted to see if we could help. The pictures were very helpful in seeing what the operation was about.

A Dentist from Cedar City, Utah had called about doing an expedition with his family. Susan and I were headed for St. George. So I called the dentist and said we were in ST. George and could we meet. He said his complete family was in St. George and we could meet that evening.

I went to their condo and we discussed the various options on expeditions. Of course, Ecuador was part of the conversation. The mother explained to me that she was very busy in that in Cedar City she worked a lot with hearing impaired people. I then explained to her the story on the little girl in Ecuador. I tried to explain the wires coming out of the top of her head and then the battery pack, etc. She stopped me and said look at my 10 year old son. Yes, he had wires out of his head with a battery pack. You could have knocked me over with a feather. It was the same operation that the little girl had.

The mother offered to help Dr. Zambrano find the proper parts. She has offered to send down the parts her son had used before being replaced with new technology. I truly felt like I was to meet this lady and family to help this little girl in Ecuador. What a miracle it was to have her son with the same apparatus as the little girl.

I went to bed that night with a smile on my face.

Gordon Carter

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Needed Kits

Here are some kits that are needed for our humanitarian projects. If you would like to make these kits and contact us at Charity Anywhere

Hygiene Kit

2 unbreakable combs without sharp handles 4 toothbrushes 1 tube of toothpaste (6-8 oz.) 2 bars of soap (3.5 oz. each)| hand towels All items are put in a 1-gallon zip-lock bag

School Kit 4 unsharpened pencils 1 rubber pencil eraser, approximately 1-2” 1 pair of blunt nosed scissors with metal blades 1 pencil sharpener 1 straight edge ruler – 12” Glued or spiral bound notebooks with lined sheets, 8” x 10.5” or 8.5” x 11” – Notebooks should total approximately 450 sheets 1 set assorted colored pencils (at least 12 per set, approximately 7” long)

Newborn Kit

4 single thickness cloth diapers, approximately 25” x 27”  (No pre-fold or disposable diapers) 4 diaper safety pins 1 pair booties or baby socks 2 bars of soap (3.5 oz)  Ivory or other non-allergenic brand 1 receiving blanket (36” x 36” to 45” x 45”) 1 layette gown, size NB to 6 months (No footed sleepers, buttons, zippers, or strings) All items in a 2-gallon zip-lock bag

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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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