For as little as $13, you can send a small flat-rate box of goodies (under 4lbs) to the orphanage yourself!
I don't know why I never thought to post this info before. (And perhaps it's not a good idea to keep this info up while I am over there, but...)
For this week I'll keep this posted, and hope some of you take the leap! Thus far the orphanage has received EVERY SINGLE box that has been sent since last May. Twenty boxes! But with over 100 children living there, you can imagine that a box of, say, socks does not last very long.
Here is how to send something, if the mood strikes you. I will be there at the other end and can tell you when you box is received! ( If you let me know what you sent and when you sent it!)
Go to your local post office. You will need to fill out a customs form. You will need to say the contents are worth under $25, even if that's not the case. (Otherwise the orphanage will have to pay on the other end.) You'll have to wrap it REALLY well to prevent theft along the way. (Think a roll of duct-tape.) You will need to address it VERY clearly. Write what appears below in BIG BOLD LETTERS.
I usually write the following Russian text in a prominent location on the box, to help prevent theft. The translation for it is " a donation for the children." I'll enlarge the font for easy copying...lol.