Toys for tots in foreign countries

Discussion in 'Americas' started by VelvtRide, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. VelvtRide

    VelvtRide i can haz a motrsykle?

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    When LR and I go to Mex, I want to bring toys/stuff for boys and girls in the small towns we'll be stopping at.

    I've got some brightly colored Mardi Gras beads for the girls, but what would you recommend for the little men?

    I'm looking for small items that are easy to pack and don't cost much so I can take load up.

    Please post your thoughts.... TIA.
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  2. JohnTM

    JohnTM Who's my daddy? Supporter

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    Pencils are ALWAYS good.


    (It's great fun to watch them start poking each other with them...:razor)

    Stickers and stuff are good too. Try looking at a party supply store - just make sure it packs small. You DON'T want to run out in the middle of a border crossing!
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  3. VelvtRide

    VelvtRide i can haz a motrsykle?

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    I guess then only half of us would be getting through, eh? :lol3


    Thanks for the ideas, John! :thumb
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  4. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS Motorcyclist Supporter

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    Boys always love stickers! And there easy to pack and bring along.

    The little tootsie rolls and lollipops are also great to take along, and go over great. Again, there easy to pack, and each day I stuff my pockets full so I can access them easily at each stop.

    When I go down on a non-bike vacation, I usually take along one extra suticase with bandaids, medical supplies plus some small toys (little balls, super putty, etc) and stop by an orphanage to drop them off. There always extremely happy and surprised.

    Enjoy your trip!!!
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  5. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Heidi,

    Last month in Mexico I took "lollipops" as well. I found that anything I had was appreciated, but the classic "tootsie pops" were the biggest hit I ever took along. Kids always lined up, even the shy ones. Getting more down there seemed to be easy. I went through several big bags.

    Like G-Man said, keep them really handy and have lots on hand. I kept mine at the top of one of my side cases. For small groups of kids, I usually gave out two to a kid. They acted as icebreakers, as I usually asked the kids their names and how old they were. More often than not, they would ask questions back, like where I was from and where I was going. In just a few seconds its smiles and high fives all around.

    Even the troops at the checkpoints appreciated them. So I started to give them even to the Pemex guys. Never had anybody turn them down.

    I think we all find out early on that in Mexico (and elsewhere) that it is the act of engagement that makes the trips worthwhile.

    Have fun down there...as I know you and Bob will.

    Bob :jose
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  6. VelvtRide

    VelvtRide i can haz a motrsykle?

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    Stickers!!! I've got a ton of them - perfect! :clap



    This is great info! :thumb

    My mom gave me some good info, too. To becareful handing them out when there's a big crowd around - the little ones seem to multiple by the second and I'll end up with nothing left. :lol3
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  7. Damir

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    Pens and stickers worked for us in Tunisia. You got link to my Tunisia RR in signature, there are few comments about pens.
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  8. enduro-ince

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    Might want to leave the "fyyff" stickers at home.:D Or tell the kiddos it means, "for you, you friendly friend".
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