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Vine International is a low-overhead organization that specializes in providing assistance to rural medical clinics in Central America. I'm personally acquainted with the operation, and I've seen that the staff and volunteers of Vine will risk their necks to transport medical supplies and equipment, including wheelchairs, to recipients that really need it.

Vine collects surplus medicine and supplies from hospitals and vendors in North America and takes it where it is most needed. Vine works in concert with other organizations, notably Samaritan's Purse in the US and Hospital Shalom in Mazatenango, Guatemala. With respect to the tax code in the United States, Vine International is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity.

(Photo of bus loaded with supplies)

In November 1995, Vine volunteers loaded a schoolbus with medicines, hospital equipment, and wheelchairs, and then drove it from Tennessee to Guatemala. (The chairs were donated by Wheels for the World, the organization founded by Joni Earickson Tada).

(Photo of VINE team and Lopez children)

When the load arrived in Guatemala, the recipients of wheelchairs included the five children of the Lopez family. Standing are (L to R) David Richard, the three Lopez adults, Vine Director Woody Woodson (with his son Gabe), and Mark Richard.

As of A.D. 2008, Vine has two blogs:
Vine Friends (in the USA)
Vine Bodega Guatemala

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