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A couple who took donations to a children’s shelter in Ciudad Juarez is looking for a volunteer to transport clothes and food they collect from American churches.

Garry and Terese Mathewson represent Harvest Hands Ministries, which financially contributes to the shelter, Resplandor de Vida (Radiance of Life).

The shelter houses children for a variety of reasons. Mainly, the kids stay at Resplandor de Vida Monday through Friday while their parents work at Mexican factories.

“Some of them (children) come just because their mom maybe isn’t financially able to take care of their situations. Maybe they don’t have a home to live in,” says Mathewson, president of Harvest Hands Ministries.

Most of the children are released to their parents on Fridays or when the parents decide they’re equipped to care for the child.

The founder of the shelter, Joaquin Estupinal, began building the shelter nearly 13 years ago. As a man of faith, he says it was his calling to help children in the outskirts of Juarez. Estupinal believes the rural neighborhoods are the ones with most need.

Resplandor de Vida is about five miles north after crossing the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. The couple transported donations from a warehouse in Anthony, New Mexico.

Due to health reasons, the Mathewsons moved to New York in April. They plan to continue their work with Resplandor de Vida, but they need someone to help transport the donations.

Anyone interested in volunteering can email Garry Mathewson at

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