I had so much fun preparing our first care package to our little boy, Henry! Since we're not sure if he'll actually get to play with the toys or wear the T-shirt, we wanted to send just a few things for now. I'll be happy if he receives his helicopter baby blanket (that I've been sleeping with) and his photo album so he can get used to our faces. In his album, I also printed (on glossy photo paper) three of the photos that the agency gave us so he can look at his own baby pictures. I'm not sure if we'll get this back either so I took a short video clip of the album. I also hope the agency will take plenty of photos of Henry with the disposable camera and return it to us on Gotcha Day.
The Easy Peel White Mailing Labels (Avery 8167 for Return Address) are very useful to label both the camera with your child's name, and the photos inside the album. Our agency provided some useful words and phrases ("mother," "father," "our dog") in Chinese so I copied and pasted some of them several times into Word. I also looked for some of the words on this Translate-to-Chinese site as the agency's copy was a little pixellated. I just had to make sure the characters matched!
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These items were included in the second care package for the orphanage: random T-shirts and onesies, socks for kids of different ages, plastic bibs, stickers, cookies for the nannies, and a pen for the Orphanage Director. I read on one of the Yahoo Groups to also pay attention to the Director as s/he is ultimately in charge of your child.
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My USPS "shoebox" boxes haven't arrived yet so I went to Target and bought some small Scotch Mailing Boxes (11.25" x 8.75" x 4") - they're PERFECT! Just roll what you can! I got quite emotional packing my son's toys as this is our first connection with him. Sniff, sniff. As recommended by our agency, I also included in both boxes a copy of our PA and a translated letter provided by the agency.
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The package for our son weighed 1 lb. 15.2 oz and cost $18.55 for First Class postage from Houston to China. The second package for the orphanage weighed 2 lbs. 11.8 oz and cost $23.92. Not bad at all! The Express Mail envelope on top of the boxes includes our I-800A package to be refiled with the USCIS - finally!!!