What I Need

Many of you have asked about sending me care packages, so here are some items that I could use. However, please know that a simple letter will bring me just as big a smile!

Shipping is expensive, so I suggest using the flat rate boxes or envelopes. Here’s a few things I could use.

School supplies:

  • Books / I work at an elementary school, grades 1-6, and we are starting a library. Children’s books with an African context and multiple copies of easy chapter books are especially needed.
  • Index cards (4 x 6) / I’m using these to make library cards for the library, so I could use a large supply.
  • Markers, especially Sharpies
  • Scotch tape
  • Dice
  • Decks of cards
  • Games
  • Jewelry-making supplies

*I can use pretty much anything and would love to have extras to give to teachers as incentives for improvement! The only thing we have at school are blackboards and chalk.


  • Baby wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Tide to go pens


  • Summer sausage
  • Beef jerky
  • Tuna
  • Packets of chicken that don’t need to be refrigerated
  • Pesto
  • Alfredo Sauce
  • Dried fruit, especially berries
  • Raisins
  • Granola bars or protein bars
  • Taco seasoning
  • M&Ms
  • Any Chocolatey hard candy
  • Ziplocs


  • Books for my Kindle (no shipping!) / Search for my Amazon Wish List using my email fryman.j@gmail.com
  • Magazines
  • Cute blouses I can wear in the city to feel pretty once in awhile

My address is:
Jessica Fryman, PCV
C/O Peace Corps/The Gambia
P.O. Box 527, Serekunda
The Gambia
West Africa

Write “Air mail” and “Par avion” on the box too.

Thank you!

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