I think whatever we bring in our extra bags should be:
- valuable in relation to its weight
(to justify its space in the suitcase)
- hard to find in Mexico, and yet needed by people trying to rebuild their homes and businesses.
So, yes, money is the most practical thing to donate, but maybe in addition -
a good bike? - should cost $75 extra, if Alaska Air does not relent...the quality of our bikes from the north is so much better that it is worth the expense
a big container of rechargeable batteries?
new or used hand tools
used lego pieces (I've seen kids playing with lego for hours down there...and if you can persuade your grandchildren to give up a bag full of their used lego pieces, it is light, can fit into a corner of a suitcase, and will provide a lot of creative play value.)
vitamins, supplements, that have a lot of nutrition/unit of space and weight
By the way, I think wheelchairs are free to bring down - you can ride through the airport in it, and then donate it!
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