Anyway, the good news is there's a container being packing in the US that will be shipped her. It takes a month or two to arrive in Galmi (unless of course there was a coup d'états last year and the temporary govm't is waiting for the new elections and things get held up in customs . . . but seeing as that's already happened this year, the odds are in our favor).
So, for those of you who would like to get involved by giving, type in a comment below using an active email address (I'm the only one who can see them . . . not to worry) and I'll send you the address of where to mail the goodies.
Here's what we can use:
- Cast shoes (all sizes). You know, those 'shoes' that people wear over casts so they can walk. Med supply stores or Walmart.
- Bubbles. Small containers that can be given to kiddos when their about to be discharged from the hospital. They are quite the novelty and they encourage fine motor skills and visual tracking and hey, when you're a kid it's nice to get a present.
- Turtlenecks (baby and kid sizes). I know what you're thinking 'Uh, Deb., you live at the edge of the SAHARA!' But when it's 120F and it drops to 70-80F and your body is acclimated to the heat, it's a COLD two months (needless to say, I CAN'T WAIT!)
- Duct Tape. I love red, but any color is welcomed. Maybe it's available in Niamey, but I've looked and couldn't find any.
- Splinting Materials. This includes thermoplastics, velcro, and straps. If you have any questions, ask an OT.
- Toothbrushes and travel-size toothpaste. I've decided if I'm going to give anything out, it should promote good hygiene.
- Peanut Butter M&M's. Hey, if the OT ain't happy, ain't nobody happy! :)