Many of you have asked how to send letters or packages to us. Thank you so much! We can receive mail at:
David & Melissa Smith
P.O. Box 148
Papua New Guinea
If you would like to mail a package, the best option is a flat rate box from USPS, not UPS or FedEx. It will take 4-6 weeks for any mail to get here – sometimes boxes take longer.
Make sure to keep the total amount you write on the box (on the customs form) UNDER $50 or customs will probably open it, which often means it won’t make it to us. Be very general in your descriptions – “kitchen items”, “toiletries”, “media” and don’t list food items, DVD’s or electronics specifically. Make the outside of the box look boring too! Inside the box you can put everything inside a trash bag and tape the bag up, then tape the outside of the box. This doesn’t guarantee it won’t be opened, but it does make it less likely.
We have also received many questions about what sorts of items we would appreciate in a care package. Please know that we will be excited and thankful just to hear from you!! But here are some ideas for those who have asked:
- American candy or “fun” foods
- DVD’s – kid’s movies; tv shows; sci-fi, fantasy, or action, especially if they were released after August 2014 – you can see a list of some specific movies here
- Music – especially praise and worship
- Stickers, pencils, crayons, and other fun, small items for the kids
- Holiday themed items, especially Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day – they may get here well past the holiday, but can be saved for future years!
- Nail polish, hair bows, earrings (both Makaylah and Sophia have pierced ears)
- Toy cars, small shovels, buckets, etc (lots of dirt piles to dig in here!)
- Warm pj’s – girls size: 2T, 3T, 10/12; ladies size: medium, large; boys size: 4- 8; men’s XL
- Fuzzy, slip resistant socks/slippers
- Cloth napkins
- Team yellow items – Handkerchiefs, head bands, shirts, etc. Annual Sports Day at the primary campus is a big deal here, and we will be Team Yellow as long as we have elementary age kids.
- Children’s books
- Dog supplies: flea and tick shampoo, collars, leashes, toys
- Board games – specific ideas here
- Playing cards
- Food storage containers
- Ziploc bags
- Flash drives – for sending pictures and other files back and forth to family