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Hilarious Givers

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Causes: Food, Food Programs, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: We feed orphans and other needy children and their families by collecting surplus and donated food, recruiting volunteers to distribute, and organizing outreach to the least among us.

Results: Our mission has served literally millions of meals to kids who would otherwise go to bed hungry. Thousands of young mothers have learned about nutrition, sanitation, and the word of God through the efforts of our volunteers.

Target demographics: We serve orphaned children, children of migrant indigenous workers, children from high-risk homes and other needy kids who live in Mexico near our California homes.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We have served more than 4,000 needy kids and their families during the past year.

Geographic areas served: Mexico

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

smardrury

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I call Hilarious Givers "the Godmother organization," because like the miracle-working Godmother in children's tales, they provide so much--from food, to reading glasses; from beds to school uniforms--for many charity partners in the border-towns of Mexico. It all began with a mission to feed the starving children of migrant farmers who often had to abandon their kids for all to have a chance at survival. From there, the organization met with the self-sacrificing, loving people who assist other underserved segments of the Mexican population--young men deported back to Mexico though they've spent their whole lives in the US, children living in remote places who need eye exams, farm laborers who need a chance to live free instead of beholden to a system that keeps them perpetually enslaved. So much need just steps from our lives of abundance!

I traveled with Judd, the founder, just south of the border to meet with some of the charity partners. Our journey was an education to me--I had known there was need, but had no clue how much need there was. It showed me the bountiful love Judd had for all people, and just how enormous Hilarious Givers's calling is. As we drove along the coast, he explained how the migrant farming system works, what happens to special needs children, the fight for education of the native children...and on and on. He sees every problem, and by some miracle, Hilarious Givers has been able to address the needs of a wide swath of underserved people.

Every charity has a purpose--I'm not here to argue one is greater than the next. What if you found a charity with the purpose of supporting the good missions of other charities through resources and connections they dig up from home? What if you found a charity who runs so lean, they rely on donated warehouse space and office space so they could focus resources on the work? That's Hilarious Givers.

If there are angels on Earth, I think Hilarious Givers's charity partners would agree with me, they are the founders of Hilarious Givers.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hilarious Givers has been a truly blessing for these children in the border of Tijuana, Mexico. They have provide faithfully food, clothes. Also, they have improved their living conditions at the orphanage. Not many people have the heart of the founder Judd Wheeler. We need more people like him in this world; not only to help the less fortunate,but to inspire others to fallow his steps and make a difference in the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have helped them with mattresses and my church has worked with Hilarious Givers down in Mexico. Heard nothing but great things about this organization.

2 Debra O.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hilarious Givers has been a life changing experience for thousands of people. Over the past 4 years Hilarious Givers has given food, clothing, shoes, mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets, general household items, including stoves, ovens, furniture and what ever else they could round up to help the poor, the hungry and the homeless. They have also provided a place for families to gather and volunteer and feel like they have done something for a third world country without crossing a border. There are no salaries paid at Hilarious Givers, everything that is done is done as a labor of love and with a purpose of serving mankind which was placed on the hearts of Judd and Debra and all the wonderful volunteers which help to make this organization what it is today!

1 Carla Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm honored to know Debra and Judd. I don't know any other people more caring than this amazing couple. Hilarious Givers have helped so many people and I hope to participate in the future by donating my time with Hilarious Givers!

1 Adolfo D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bibliotecas Hermanas congratulate the work that Hilarius Givers provide to the poor, we need to support the work they do so they continue this great work.

1 Robert72

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Judd and Debra are amazing examples of people who follow their passion, thus automatically making the world a better place and making the lives of many better as well. I cannot express enough how impressed and humbled I am by them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Chula Vista sits just south of San Diego and only miles from the US/Mexico border. For many residents, it's unconscionable that less than an hour's drive to the south, impoverished children and adults suffer and die because they lack the most basic necessities. How can frostbite and malnutrition exist within arm's reach of one of the fastest-growing cities in California? Locals Judd and Debra Wheeler and their great team of volunteers at Hilarious Givers are tackling this issue head-on. They do amazing work, collecting everything from mattresses and clothes to food and appliances and distributing them to the neediest they can find -- all on a shoestring budget. My family and friends are proud to support Hilarious Givers and couldn't endorse them more strongly for support from others.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It's so impressive how Judd and Deborah Wheeler collect and then distribute food, bedding and all types of household effects each and every day. I can tell you that it is pretty impressive to witness first hand their devotion and commitment! I would encourage anyone to spend a weekend with them, as I was able to do, and see first hand all of the good that is being generated from this warehouse and office. Like I say, it's just pretty impressive. There are countless people who benefit and dare I say depend on the Hilarious Givers doing what they do best.

6 Yadi E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome organization! We're so thankful to partner with them. Debra and Judd are always ready to serve 24/7. These people truly give their lives to serve others I Mexico, and by doing this they've helped us provide for food, blankets and toys to literally thousands of people. That work they do and the passion they have truly encourages us and inspire us to continue serving others.

4 Sara64

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hilarious givers is an amazing non profit organization that enjoys helping the less fortunate people who lack the most basic necessities in life. We have an organization in Mexico and they have always been excited to provide services and help to everyone in need by providing , blankets, shoes, jackets and we are very grateful for all of their love and kind heart to serve every human kind without any type of discrimination to race or color. Their committed to help and provide as much possible. We personally love Debra and Judd for their sacrificial service to their community and to our country Mexico.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm thankful I discovered this wonderful family-oriented outreach to the hungry and poor. The Wheeler's ROCK! (My two young grandkids had a rewarding and meaningful time helping stock and load pallets with food at the warehouse.)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I met this wonderful and giving couple Debra and Judd from Hilarious Givers, with not doubts, I decided to start donating my time to help with everything I can possibly do for this organization. I have seen the orphans, the poor and the elderly getting resources of food, clothes, blankets and mattresses but most important knowing our SAVIOR JESUS.
I'm honor to be part of the volunteers for Hilarious Givers!
Lya

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen the good work that Hilarious Givers has done since its inception & I am proud to be a donor to their cause. There is a constant need for help to the less fortunate in our world & we all need to give more of ourselves, for goodness sakes. It's food for the soul.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Judd and Debra are doing a great job leading Hilarious Givers Organization. I had the pleasure of traveling with the into Mexico to see first hand the fruits of their labor. They are definitely doing Gods work in their ministry. May He continue to bless them in all they do!

2 Kuby

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a marvelous organization that demonstrated a knowledge for the love of our God. They go into Mexico and feed the hungry, provide clothing and goods for families, and help people with general living conditions. They also show great love for their volunteers and make them feel valued and honored. It has been a privilege to have been able to donate to this organization. I wish I could do more.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Worthy organization that regularly feeds the hungry and provides other needs such as bedding and clothing. Also includes people and family in the community to assist with taking items and giving emotional support to the people in need. The natural warmth of the leadership of Hilarious Givers draws others to want to contribute either financially, physically or both.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hilarious Givers has helped us clothe and feed hundreds of families in an impoverished colony in Baja called colonia 89. Not only are they generous in what the give, they are also generous with their time. Each time we visit they are glad to see us and give us what we need to help others. We are so grateful for their ministry.

4 merfersi

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hilarious Givers has helped us greatly, at Morada del Nino Jesus, to feed 30 children whose parents are either dead, in prison, unknown whereabouts, or children whose mothers can't afford to feed them.
Wonderful, wonderful Christian people!!!!! Loving, trustworthy, hard workers, patient, generous, kind, caring people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on a mission for Hilarious Givers where they gave clothes, toiletries and toys to the less fortunate children in Mexico both in and out of the orphanages. Food is also provided. I have seen where homes were built for those that could not afford it. The children would ask to trade in their toy for a jacket because they needed the jacket more. It warms my heart to know I can help out others. It is also a great experience for kids and teenagers to volunteer and really learn to appreciate what they have in their lives and not take for granted the home, love, and support that they receive. I will continue to donate my time and any items that I no longer need to Hilarious Givers. It is also great that they not only help out those in Mexico but those in the US as well with help with mattresses, food and other supplies. Whenever someone needs help, they go above an beyond to try and answer the call for help.

4 Bill C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hilarious Givers is a wonderful resource for helping the children of Baja GiverCalifornia. I get food and other items from Hilarious Givers and take them to qn orphanage with about 70 children. The donations of food make a great difference in the children's quality of life.
I highly recommend supporting Hilarious Givers.

5 Voice of the Bride Ministries

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hilarious Givers is such a blessing to those of us who serve the needs in Mexico. When I first started my organization and began researching resources for Mexico it was very discouraging. It was easy to get things that were being thrown away anyway. But impossible to get donations from local food banks because of policies that require all donated food to remain in the US. One of the most exciting comments I stumbled upon when reading about HIlarious Giver's was their policy that stated; "food collected must be distributed in Mexico - no exceptions". It was such a blessing to discover. And then after meeting the directors Judd and Debra, now my friends and partners in the mission, it sealed the deal. They have the biggest hearts and are so faithful seeing that resources are consistently stewarded on both sides of the border. God loves a cheerful and hilarious giver!

3 Ruthann L.

Donor

Rating: 5

I live in New York..But I find this organization so worthy of my small monetary donations..from time to time..in these economic times that we all are facing I still manage to do what ever I can to help.. Judd and Debra have devoted their time and money to help the less fortunate . I am very proud of them.. Very proud to know them personally. wish I could do more.. BUT you never know I may go to California one day and see what I could do in person for this wonderful charity.. PROPS to Judd and Debra..
Ruthann LaGrega

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hilarious Givers has provided us with food on a monthly basis to share with the poor in Mexico while teaching about Jesus. They also were able to provide us with chairs for the new Calvary Chapel church that we are pastoring in Tijuana. The directors, Debra and Judd, go out of there way to make sure that everyone can receive the items and their hearts for the people of Mexico are pure and generous.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been receiving food for hungry children in Mexico through Hilarious Givers for the past year. This organization is fantastic. Judd Wheeler is an amazing manager and also meets us with a smile and a heart to serve no matter how tired he is serving so many people and working full time as well. We have been able to use the food that they have given us to feed children in six different breakfast feeding program in east Tijuana, helping over 250 children. These programs are all run through Christian churches and many of the children would go to school without breakfast if it were not for these programs. There is a real need for food for hungry children in these poorer colonias. More important, the children are taught about God and His love for them. We have also been able to distribute bags of assorted food to single mothers trying to raise their children on very little income; and large families that cannot provide the food for all their children. All food is distributed with the Word of God. None of this would be possible without Hilarious Givers and the work they are doing. The very first time I met Judd he brought 1,000 pounds of food to our ministry bodega in Mexico and reviewed the ministry that we are doing and how they can help. I believe Judd knows the people he is giving food to and does his very best to make sure that the food is being used as the donors requested. My experience with Hilarious Givers is that they are professional, punctual, generous, understanding, ready to serve and intelligent. Over this year I have come to know Judd and Debra as friends as well as partners in the food crisis in Mexico. Many people are thanking God for the ministry of Hilarious Givers!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is hard to fully grasp the need for food until you personally witness a plate of food given and it is literally licked clean. It breaks your heart. I am involved with several locations that their HOPE is to have one meal every other day. Some are very young children (even infants) and others are bedridden and cannot even fend for themselves. To die not of their illness but from malnutrition. In Mark 8 pity was plentiful, but only compassionate action could meet the needs. Jesus’ compassion was part of His passion. It culminated upon Calvary. As in Jesus’ day, the multitude is around us still. There is the multitude of misfortune, disadvantage, outcasts, sinners, and the bewildering multitudes who have nothing to eat. Pity looks and says, “How awful.” Compassion weeps and says, “I’ll help.” Pity looks from afar. COMPASSION rolls up its sleeves and pitches in to help. Pity waits for a convenient time. COMPASSION knows no office hours. Pity is plentiful and cheap. COMPASSION is rare and costly. Jesus looked on the multitudes and said, “I have compassion.” Hilarous Givers HAS COMPASSION and those who support them and enable those such as I to go out and make a world of difference AND let them see how far Christ love reaches. I have had crisis situation after crisis situation and to allow me to empower those that need help I need help from others such as Hilarious Givers who has stepped up and allowed me to start development while providing relief.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Several of the churches I work with are served by Hilarious Givers ministry. They have a heart for the hungry children in these communities and work unbelievably hard at making sure that we have food to distribute to needy families. They are a God Honouring blessing to our ministries here in Baja California.