Friday, March 16, 2012

Mailing Tips

The following is from Sister Roggia (the Mission President's wife) on her blog:

Dear Parents, Family and Friends,
When sending packages to Sierra Leone or Liberia, here are some helpful tips:

1.  The Priority Mail boxes usually work the best from the States.  Boxes from the UK have arrived safely.  Pouch is used by most African countries or by travelers coming to Sierra Leone.
2.   Tape well with clear tape.
3.   Religious pictures on the box seems to assist in its arriving in one piece.
4.   Write "Missionary Supplies" on the box and on the shipping list.
5.   If you are sending something new, take it out of the package, use it, wear it,  make it used so its value is "used".   Anything chocolate or liquid, put in a zip lock bag so it doesn't ooze all over everything. 
7.  It will take between two to four weeks to arrive or up to two months.
8. Please don't put anything of worth on the shipping list.  Don't insure it. The customs' charge can run into hundreds of dollars from the mission which are sacred tithing funds.  
9.  We check the post office about once a week.
10.  Anything for Liberia, that comes to Sierra Leone, will go with us when we drive to Liberia---once a month.  If we fly, we take as much as we can in our bags.

TO SIERRA LEONE (letters/card/packages/pictures)
Missionary Name
Sierra Leone Freetown Mission
P.O. Box 263
Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa

TO LIBERIA (letters/cards/packages/pictures)
Missionary Name
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Horton Ave & Capital Bye-Pass
P.O. Box 1905, 1000 Monrovia
10 Liberia, West Africa

One 8 1/2 x 11 inch page written on one side, folded, (can use a little tape) regular stamp, send to:
Missionary Name
Sierra Leone Freetown Mission
P.O. Box 30150
Salt Lake City, UT  84130-0150

Two other ways:
Letter to:
Package with:

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