We do it every year. I buy extra school supplies in August when they are so cheap and just store them during the year. We also buy a small toy ($2-$6) and additional school supplies, not every time, but many times during the year when we go to Wal-mart and stock those up. Also, if you have a Dollar General type store, we go there and buy coloring books and colors. You can get the big coloring books for $1-$2. Then in June, we carry an extra 30" duffle bag full of these toys and supplies to Jamaica. I give the staff at the resort that I am close to a chance to get stuff for their kids first. The remaining supplies, i give to the resort manager and he delivers them to local schools and or churches.
Lat year, I received and unexpected bonus. When we arrived in Jamaica, our plane as well as three others all landed at the same time. by the time we got our bags, the line at immigration had nearly 100 people standing in it. The Jamaican nationals line had one person in it. I grabbed my wife and said let's go. She reluctantly followed and away we went. I told the guard in the nationals line that I had a huge amount of stuff that I thought I might need to "claim", with them. I opened the duffle and explained what Iwas doing with it....kids, churches, schools.... and he sent us straight through. No waiting in line, no mess, no fuss, straight to the Couples Lounge for a cold Red Stripe.
Peace, Love, and Respect
CN 2002, COR 2007, CTI 2009, 2010, 2011
CTI June 4-15, 2012