For the majority of us, the best method is to use USPS Priority packages. They come in several sizes. You will pay a fee on your end. But we also have to pays surcharge to pick up the packages, and these cost only 50 pesos each.
DO NOT send packages using USPS Global Priority. It sounds like it would be the right way, but Global Priority actually ships using FedEx and the charge to pick it up on this end is outrageous. So not only do you end up paying a lot to ship it in the first place, your missionary pays a lot to receive it here. The mission cannot cover these costs, so it comes out of the missionary's support. We will work with them to take out a little at a time, but it still must be paid by them.
Another method is LBC Express, although the locations are quite limited and are mostly in the west or on the west coast. They deliver right to the mission office and there is not a surcharge on this end. You can go to their website, or call
1-800-338-5424 to find if one is located near you.
For those that live near Ogden, there is a company called Z World Express that ships to the Philippines. It is located at 1153 N Main St in Sunset, UT; phone (801) 774-974. It may take up to two months for the package to arrive, but you pay a flat fee for a box 18x20x22 and you can fill the box with as much as you like, regardless of weight. We paid $100.00/box when we used this company last June. I don't know if the prices are the same. It would be a good idea to call first and get your questions answered before you go.
DO NOT send packages through UPS or FedEX. These charge on both ends, and the charge to pick it up here is very, very expensive. For example, we received a box that was approximately 8x5x3 and weighed maybe 12-14 oz. The contents were worth probably $25.00 and it cost 5600 pesos or over $100.00 to pick it up.
I hope that helps. We would always encourage you to include something for your missionary's companion in any care packages you send. They really appreciate being remembered, and for many, it's the only time they receive anything.
Thanks for all you do to love and support these amazing missionaries! I welcome any comments or helpful hints about sending packages.
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