I project this to be a pretty good list of the items we will be needing to make this trip successful. Can you help?
9 extra large suitcases. They need have wheels and pulling handles and be sturdy enough to make a one-way trip to Jamaica. These bags will not be coming back to Kansas City. Do you have an extra suitcase in your basement? Or come across one at a garage sale or thrift store?
70 pairs of adult athletic shoes. These shoes need to have some life left in them. They don't have to be brand new, but if you don't want shoes because you've worn them so much they have holes in them, probably no one else does either.
140 pairs of adult athletic socks, ankle length. These need to be brand new. The amount of men's vs woman's depends on the amount of shoes we receive. But we always try to give 2 pairs of brand new socks with each pair of shoes.
65 cinch style back packs. These are very light weight, flat, and easy to transport. They also work as great backpacks. Do you have some leftover from a company event? I don't mind if they are advertising a product, as long as its okay for kids. Don't have 65? Thats ok. I'll take what I can, get where I can get it.
65 boxes of 24-pack crayons. I'm hoping for seven donors. Six donor would buy 10 boxes of crayons, and one would buy 5.
65 pairs of child scissors. I'm hoping for seven donors. Six donor would buy 10 pairs, and one would buy 5.
65 packs of pencils. Six donor would buy 10 boxes of pencils, and one would buy 5.
130 pencil grippers - enough to give each child two grippers.
30 packs of blue or black ink pens. These would be broken up so each child would have a few pens.
65 rulers, 12 inches long.
65 boxes of markers, the 'fat' kind in 8 primary colors.
65 boxes of colored pencils. The kind that comes with 12 basic colors.
65 kids books. These can be purchased from Scholastic for $1 each on their monthly book orders.
65+ glue sticks. Enough for each child. More would be a bonus!
Good job / Gold Star stickers. These can often be found at the $3 bin at Target and have 1000+ stickers.
Teacher supplies - Pens in blue, black, and red inks. Classroom decorations like colorful charts, large ABC cards, bulletin board supplies, a stapler and staples, chalk (small for writing on boards and sidewalk size requested).
10 soccer balls. These can be purchased de-flated for easy traveling.
10 jump ropes.
Finally - the means to get all these supplies to Jamaica. In the past we have flown AirTran, and been charged $50 per suitcase as baggage fees. Southwest Airlines is purchasing AirTran. Currently I'm not sure what the baggage fee costs will be. We do have the cost of hiring a large van to get from the airport to our hotel. ($100) We also have to hire a taxi cab to get from our hotel to Brown's Town. ($50) If you'd like to help with these costs, let us know.
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If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in November 2014, there are several ways to help. You can donate your in-good-shape, still life left, adult athletic shoes. You can donate brand new adult socks. School supplies are always welcome. Shop on Amazon via the link on the right hand size so we get credit to help pay for baggage fees. Visit our GoFundMe page - http://www.gofundme.com/afj10s
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