Another thing my husband did with the supplies in the hockey bag - he divided the paper into a few equal piles and put them into individual plastic bags and taped them shut. This helped keep the paper from shifting and putting the bag off balance. We arrived at the airport in Toronto early so that we would be checked in before others… their fax did say that first come - best chance of the items being accepted.
Don also had all the Mustard Seed items in bags to make it easier to deliver. When we arrived, we put the bag in a corner of the room until we were able to determine when we could deliver the items. Having everything in its own travel bag made it easier as we didn’t have to go into it when we were unpacking our own stuff and our gifts for specific friends. BTW, the dress for Emelina for her baptism and the chain & crucifix were in my carry-on bag.
We telephoned Isaira Tours and spoke to Martin. We arranged for a driver to pick us up and we went first to Cabarete with the school supplies and took them to the DREAM office (photos in our webshots album). The driver was at our disposal and we were able to spend the amount of time we wanted, where we wanted.
We then went to Checkpoint and visited with Colleen and Mark. They were really busy so, short time to talk. We had printed information on DREAM and the work of Debbie’s Dominican Travel Foundation which we left with them. We will spend more time with them when we return in April and will have some things for Sousa Kids which they support.
The items for Mustard Seed, we had the driver take to the Isaira office for pick up. Mustard Seed is a place I would like to visit BUT, as with schools, I would not want to go there just for the sake of visiting. Too many interruptions to their schedule is not helpful to the children. We hope people understand and do not expect to receive a tour as there are so many wonderful people who donate, it would be very intrusive to the home.
As mentioned in my earlier post - you can get lots of information on http://www.beyondthebeach.org and can print that to show people what is done by these organizations. There are photos and reports on this site as well.