A friend of ours has discovered an inexpensive way to send small things to us. Let me let my friend David explain how he does it:
I use a Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box (it's the same box for domestic and international shipping)
8-5/8" x 5-3/8" x 1-5/8"
Up to 4lbs weight
$13.45 to mail it to Kenya (make sure they know it's a Flat Rate Box if they want to charge more for it)
It requires the smaller Customs Form 2976.
I usually record the contents as "Housewares" with a value
I've used this method a few times and really like being able to send stuff on a more regular basis. The size is basically the length of a DVD case and just under 2 inches thick. I've been able to fit slightly thicker items. It does take some creative arranging of items, and I often take things out of their packaging. I've sent DVDs by replacing the standard DVD cases with slimline cases. Also beef stew and ranch dressing mix make great packing material as do the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.
Packages usually arrive in two weeks.
Hope this helps. Let me know if you need other information that would give people an "incentive."
So there you have it! FYI, I've updated our care package list. There's a link on our side bar, if you are interested.