small gifts to bring to jamaica

Aug 12th, 2003, 07:35 AM
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Hi MM

you may be right its not my body but yes its is my culture. I am not saying that if an individual wants to smoke weed they can't. I just feel that there are other things that may help persons in NEED which i think is the whole point of this thread.
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Aug 12th, 2003, 08:42 AM
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There is probably a bunch of very prosperous Jamaicans reading this and having a good laugh at the gringos who want to help all the "poor" Jamaicans.
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Aug 12th, 2003, 09:27 AM
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Hi Rusty,

I agree. I thought the point was for suggested gifts, not how be be a one-person relief agency.

The items I mentioned in a prior post were items specifically asked for by Jamaican friends.

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Aug 12th, 2003, 09:46 AM
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I never said that I wanted to be a one-person relief agency. However, I do want to leave the maid something "nice" along with money.

I think most people like to receive something a little unexpected.

And face the facts, many Jamiacans are relatively poor, and do not have the money for the many things us Americans are used to.....

My 2 cents....
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Aug 12th, 2003, 09:52 AM
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So are you doing this to make the maid happy or to make yourself happy? I can guarantee you that what will make the maid happy is 100% money rather than money and "something nice". If you give money then the maid gets to decide what is "nice", not you !!
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Aug 12th, 2003, 09:58 AM
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To each there own. Face the facts, many people that go to these resorts do not even notice, much less speak to the housekeeping staff.

I am still in contact (via mail) with the lady that cleaned by room last October in Negril. She was great to talk to, and she offered much insight to life on the island. She was very happy to have someone actually treat her like a person.

Everyone likes to receive an unexpected gift, what makes Jamaicans any different???

I plan to leave $$ along with a gift. Not sure what you are all worked up about....
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Aug 12th, 2003, 10:14 AM
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I had a friend who befriended and corresponded with a member of the hotel staff in Jamaica. The probelm is that one day the Jamaican showed up unannounced on the friend's doorstep in the States. Turns out that they just wanted to get out of Jamaica !!
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Aug 12th, 2003, 10:16 AM
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This lady had actually worked at Pinehurst Golf Resort here in the states a few years back and hated it here....
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Aug 13th, 2003, 12:40 PM
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Take american hip-hop music, they love it! You can burn several cd's at home. Take 50 cent, he's the latest. Of course this would go for the younger Jamaicans. The older Jamaicans would appreciate anything you had to offer.
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Aug 13th, 2003, 02:27 PM
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The ultimate gift - illegally made CD's. It might just inspire the Jamaicans to start their own criminal activities !!
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Aug 14th, 2003, 09:08 PM
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I took a few copies of some older reggae CD's & they were most appreciated by those who recieved them. Also took coloring books, baby clothes, BIC lighters, T-shirts, etc. In turn we were delighted to recieve a hand carved vase & a pound of Blue Mountain coffee. We have a few good friends in Jamaica & feel truly blessed to have them. Respect!!
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Aug 15th, 2003, 11:43 AM
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I always bring cds....but not illegal ones, ones by bands that allow taping of their shows. That does include some older reggae which is always appreciated as you/they can't buy these cds anyplace.

If you're active in any online communities that trade the Grateful Dead, Phish, etc, you can usually find some older reggae too.
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Aug 15th, 2003, 11:55 PM
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Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Les Nubians,Macy Gray,Shameeka Copeland --the big new soul,r&b and funky voiced ladies are favorites of staffers on the South Coast.
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