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Taking a case on Sat to Cayo Coco and will report back on the experience for any that may also be interested.
Lenny

Good for you, Lenny. I hope it goes well. You are a truly wonderful man for doing all that you do for Cubans.

Lenny: the last time we did that we used a whole day driving around to get the correct paperwork; even though we thought it had been included in the suitcase. And then NJT sort of went dormant. I didn’t know they had restarted.
That’s good info to know. Maybe see you at the next pack.

Done it three times now, dropped one off at a clinic in Moron, one in Trinidad at the hospital and another at a children’s hospital in a town between Santa Clara and Cayo Ensanachos.(can’t for the life of me remember the name) The only thing I don’t like is the fuss they make. It’s not like I was the one that donated it. I’m just the carrier.(I used to say mule but NJT didn’t like that, it made it sound almost drug like.

I’d just like to walk up to the front or back door and drop it but paperwork has to be signed. Anyway it’s a great cause so it’s worth a little embarrassment

When we took stuff to Cayo Coco we had to drop it off at the ICAP offices in Ciego de Avila, which was a bit of an adventure, but totally worth it. Have fun!

ps, we just dropped off the equivalent of 7 small suitcases at a tiny clinic near Guardalavaca in a town called Boca de Sama. They didn’t even have a telephone, so we couldn’t warn them we were coming. There were tears…

What kind of paper work is involved if I take a case to Cuba in November It’s been awhile since I’ve done it, but I just had to pick up the suitcase from NJT and they supplied papers in English and Spanish explaining what it was (for customs) and a paper to be signed by the recipient and returned to them.
They supply everything, you just show it when you go through customs.One time in Santa Clara we were waiting for the last bag, the NJT bag.All the other bags had been claimed, but no NJT bag. There it was, pulled away from the other bags and surrounded by official looking people. So I nonchalantly walk up to it and pick it up and start to walk away. I’ve got a grin because although all those official people are speaking Spanish, I can almost hear them saying"no so fast buddy" heheAnyway I pull out the paperwork as they open the bag and rummage through it. Ah ha! it’s the syringes that have peaked their interest. One of the officials, a lady speaks to me in English and I explain it’s a medical supply bag and I will be dropping it off at a hospital.After a few minutes of obvious excitement by these officials, the lady that speaks English says "thank you, that’s very nice what you are doing, you can go now". All the while my wife is watching this commotion wondering if I’m spending the night in jail or near the beach.

Still all worth it, in fact it gives me a few extra stories to tell

Hello everyone,please note that the Toronto group of NJT has restarted and is run by a very friendly and dedicated young man plus several supportive volunteers. They currently have an overload of suitcases, so anyone going to Cuba who has some luggage room can pick up a free suitcase and help the Cuban people.I’m packing the suitcases for NJT Ottawa and 99% of our carriers had excellent experiences (you may check our website to read their reports on the first page):

www.njt-pqt.org/english/view.asp?x=1

The only place where we don’t ship to is Holguin since we had many problems there with customs. We only send small packages, distributed throughout the carrier’s luggage, that are not flagged during X-ray upon arrival.Paperwork: We supply the carrier with a signed doctor’s letter in English and Spanish, emphasizing the fact that this suitcase is a GIFT, not an official donation for which different rules apply.We also give our carriers a print-out of the Cuban customs regulations that clearly state each visitor is allowed to import up to 10kg of medical supplies. Showing this letter to customs usually solves any issues (we encountered some customs officials who did not know about the 10kg rule).Also: if you don’t have room for a 10kg suitcase, we gladly supply you with a smaller bag from 1kg to 5kg.

For groups traveling, I’ll be happy to provide you with a first-aid kit for yourself (also free ).

I hope this helps. Please feel free to ask questions.

Brigit (NJT Ottawa)

BRIGIT!!!! It is awesome to see you here! Thanks for the most recent info on NJT – so glad you are still involved with the organization, they are lucky to have you!
Hello going to Cayo Coco in Nov 2015 and April 2016┬áIf need be we can bring a suitcase.Al & Linda from Ottawa Hello everyone,please note that the Toronto group of NJT has restarted and is run by a very friendly and dedicated young man plus several supportive volunteers. They currently have an overload of suitcases, so anyone going to Cuba who has some luggage room can pick up a free suitcase and help the Cuban people.I’m packing the suitcases for NJT Ottawa and 99% of our carriers had excellent experiences (you may check our website to read their reports on the first page):

www.njt-pqt.org/english/view.asp?x=1

The only place where we don’t ship to is Holguin since we had many problems there with customs. We only send small packages, distributed throughout the carrier’s luggage, that are not flagged during X-ray upon arrival.Paperwork: We supply the carrier with a signed doctor’s letter in English and Spanish, emphasizing the fact that this suitcase is a GIFT, not an official donation for which different rules apply.We also give our carriers a print-out of the Cuban customs regulations that clearly state each visitor is allowed to import up to 10kg of medical supplies. Showing this letter to customs usually solves any issues (we encountered some customs officials who did not know about the 10kg rule).Also: if you don’t have room for a 10kg suitcase, we gladly supply you with a smaller bag from 1kg to 5kg.

For groups traveling, I’ll be happy to provide you with a first-aid kit for yourself (also free ).

I hope this helps. Please feel free to ask questions.

Brigit (NJT Ottawa)

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