ITEMS TO PURCHASE FOR OUR MISSIONARY WIVES’ CLOSET
Mixes of different kinds … taco, spaghetti, etc.
Craft ideas! We’re always looking for things that can be duplicated here for our ladies.
Office items: pens, pencils, crayons, map colors, small tablets, journals, sticky notes (really help when getting directions from a Pastor), mailing stamps, envelopes, pretty stationary, color books (for the kids), Bibles or New Testaments.
Travel items: shampoo, lotion, fingernail files, Kleenex, wipes, bath products that have a “Bath and Body” affect (smell good, compact in size, variety of soap, lotion, spray, ect.) , small tooth paste, mouth wash, toothbrushes, small shave creams, razors, small deodorant, antiseptic wipes and waterless hand sanitizer, gum, breath mints, safety pins, small sewing kits. When you travel there isn’t much room for extras sometimes so small items can go anywhere.
House items: bath towel sets, standard sheet sets, kitchen towels, – these were such an answer to the problem of our need in purchasing linens for our field – they are expensive here and not as good a quality. If you have a lady in your church that like to knit or crochet, making lap blankets for travel are wonderful! Plastic kitchen containers, measure utensils with metric and linear measure. I got quiet a few needs met with these items.
As to what to have in your missions c1oset… There are so many things that I have found useful in the few closets that I have experienced.
Household items: Tupperware of all sizes (large ones are great and a big expense but necessary to keep flour, sugar, and cereal in), Shout stain removal sticks, seasonings (Mexican foods, maple flavoring, cream of tartar, sage, just to name a few of the ones we can’t get here), sheets in all sizes and prints (children’s or adults), washcloths (the kind you get at Wal-Mart (12 for $2 or so) dish towels, complete towel sets, kitchen utensils, refrigerator magnets.
Personal items: pantyhose, hair spray, hair gel, deodorant, jewelry, razors, Christian novels, craft booklets (cross stitch for example), panty hose, knee highs.
For the kids: have some small toys for all age groups, hair bows, barrettes and pony tail holders, coloring books, crayons or colored pencils, markers, books for all ages, beanie babies, small travel games. When you are on the road with little ones it is always a welcome relief to be able to have a new toy or book that will give you a few more miles of peace and quiet.
Bags a great idea! They pack easier than baskets. All the baskets I received were beautiful, but it became hard to fit them all in while traveling.