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      Charlie van der Horst was a force for good, he was integrally involved in many activities benefiting vulnerable populations.

      In keeping with Charlie’s values, his love for swimming, and interest in helping youth, Charlie’s fellow swimmers and friends have formed a nonprofit charitable organization in his name. The mission of the initiative is to equip children with life-saving water safety skills by providing a high quality water safety program to second grade North Carolina students.

      In addition to your donation you can support the Dr. Charles van der Horst Water Safety Initiative at no cost to you through AmazonSmile.  Simply sign up at or through your mobile device Amazon Shopping app under settings. AmazonSmile donates 0.5% for every purchase made to the charity of your choice.  You can shop the same products for the same prices as you would through Amazon using your same account, and with the knowledge that you are supporting water safety programs for children throughout North Carolina.  Search for the Dr. Charles van der Horst Water Safety Initiative and make it your charity on AmazonSmile today! 

      Dr Charles Van Der Horst Water Safety Initiative ( is a Section 501(c) (3) charitable organization, EIN 84-2837052. All donations are deemed tax-deductible absent any limitations on deductibility applicable to a particular taxpayer. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your contribution.