Care Convoy Back From Mexico


By Alexa Tieu

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Care Convoy is back from another successful trip to Mexico.

But this time, the organization had some guests.

A national CBS crew met Care Convoy to document the trip for its 'On The Road' show.

"There's some towns down there that don't have anything, not a fire truck, nothing," says Tristan Smith, student at Wendell High School.

Tristan Smith is a student at Wendell High School.. And he just got back from a trip with Care Convoy to donate medical supplies to a town in Mexico.

Smith says, "I think it's a great thing they're willing to put the time and effort into emergency vehicles in general to give to the less fortunate."

The non–profit organization receives donations from different places in the Valley.

This time, Care Convoy received help fixing up the ambulance from local high schoolers.

Todd Jaynes, Director, Care Convoy says, "The auto tech program really got involved. We had them go through and fix up the ambulance we got donated from Dietrich."

"We pretty much did an ultimate tune–up," says Coy Jaynes, Traveled to Mexico.

"I worked on the transmission, the axel and the bumper," explains Devon Carter.

Smith says, "Just normal things you do to your car to maintain it."

Because of their hard work, students were invited to travel down south.

"This is the first time we've had students. It went really good. We're hoping to make this an annual trip for the auto-tech Program," explains T. Jaynes.

The organization now also has some memories of the journey..

T. Jaynes explains, "The audio–visual part of auto-tech they sent a student with a camera to document our trip."

And, what did the students think of this experience?

"You get to know more people, you get to meet new people. You get opportunities you don't get just sitting here in Idaho," explains C. Jaynes.

Smith says, "I think it's one of the greatest things I've ever done. Gave me a chance, not only to help out others, but to learn a lot more about vehicles in general. I've learned stuff on the ambulance that I'd never learn by just reading a book."

Giving a chance for students to learn and help others at the same time.

Care Convoy donated more than $5 million in materials last year.

This year, organizers hope to hit $10 million.

Care Convoy organizers want to donate supplies to Mexico, but also to Liberia and Uganda.

For more information on how you can help, search for the organization on Facebook.

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