- Magazines or colored printed pages of favorite articles or photos of things you like- I can use this in my English Club and in other activities around personal development.
- Letters, Letters, Letters. Send a few thoughts about your days, write a story that you remember about us or from your family or grab some markers and draw a picture.
- Photos. Its fun to show Moldovans what Americans look like and what America looks like. While I can show on the internet, its nice to “not” use my phone for communicating. A photo of you and your family and friends. Talk about what your family likes to do, where you are from, what your profession is, etc.
- Hot Sauce (Cholula Hot Sauce- chipotle flavor is my favorite) or packets of red pepper flakes to add to pizza
- Your favorite local food product. Moldovans are interested in what grows in America. I’d love to have them try some of the great products that are made in the different parts of the US and/or cook something form the American “melting pot” food culture. Walnuts have been dropping here so I have been talking about the pecan trees in my yard, would love to share some Texas Pecans with my co-workers, students and host family.
- Children’s books in English- the libraries here are always in need of more books.
- Coffee for me to give as gifts. Mandy Moldovans drink tea (Ceai pronounced like “Chai”); however, coffee is gaining popularity and most of it is instant. I would like to share real coffee with my co-workers and the teachers in the school.
- Random photos or paper for making cards etc. I’ve started my collection of stuff to start making cards and hope to cover some metal cans for holding things. At the center I work at, we do crafts regularly and I hope to incorporate some into my English Club.
- Small Toys or Schwag Have any schwag or small toys that you don’t want any more, send them to me and I can use them as prizes for the attendees in any of the clubs that I run this year.
- Games: Card games, small travel games, Bananagrams, dice, board games for any age. We have a few old decks of Uno that are really worn out from usage and two bingo games. I actually haven’t seen any board games here, only small plastic toys for children. I work with grades 1-9 and it would be fun to have “game time” during winter when there isn’t much to do or next summer as most of the children can not afford to go to camp.
My mailing address :
c/o Luda Cosolean
Tudora (MD-4239), Stefan-Voda