Your Donation Shopping List

If you don’t already know, Bethany and I are currently working in Tanzania at a girls’ home (with 46 girls from 6 to 18) and school.

Bethany’s parents and my sister are all coming in August and each have a spare suitcase, which means we have a lot of room for some pretty awesome donations! After spending half a year here and seeing the sort of donations that are typically brought, we’ve compiled a list of some more creative items (things that we could really use, but may not be the first thing people think of when they’re looking to donate).

If you see any of these items for a good price, please buy them and pass them along:

  • Yard Games
  • Board Games
  • Hammocks
  • Digital cameras (we’d like to get at least 6), memory cards
  • MP3 Players
  • Headphones
  • Portable speakers
  • Small radios
  • Legos
  • Sun glasses
  • Kid’s costumes
  • Watches
  • Sewing kits
  • Small folding stools
  • Anything solar powered (radios, chargers, etc.)
  • Pool Floats
  • Art projects for groups over 30
  • USB Sticks

If you want to buy something online and have it sent to my sister or Bethany’s parents, we’d love to have more children’s books about children in Africa (currently they books we have at the school library are very North American-centrique. Some books we’d LOVE to have sent include:

More expensive items, we’d also appreciate would be things like:

Additionally, there’s always a need for children’s DVDs and NICE clothing for girls (aged 6 – 16), and clothing for toddlers (either gender) though that could easily fill all of their bags, so buy these sparingly.

None of these things are cheap new (so don’t buy them new!), but if you’re thrift shopping or shopping a yard sale and you see a deal, then you should buy it, message me, and I’ll let you know who to give it to so it’ll get to us!

Keep in mind, these things are being packed into luggage so lighter items are better (i.e. if it’s a yard game it’s better if it’s foldable/travel sized rather than made of wood/bocce balls).

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