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Our Wish List…

UPDATED 06-June-2013

Thanks to all of you who have sent us so much stuff.  We are now only 4 months from our End of Service.  Therefore we kindly ask that you do not send any more boxes of goodies to us at this point.  The guilt of the shipping costs has finally outweighed our lust for fun boxes of much missed indulgences!  We salute all of you who have supported us so faithfully in our time of need and believe us that we have more enjoyed the items that we have received than you can ever imagine!   Hopefully we can thank you all in person in just 4 short months!  Love, US!

UPDATED 14-January-2013

Thanks to all who actually READ this page and sent us so much GREAT STUFF!  Our Wish List is getting smaller and smaller, thanks to all you great supports!  We will never forget your kindness!

UPDATED 12-December-2012

If anyone sends us a box and does not hear from us with a “Thank YOU!”  within about 4 weeks, PLEASE let us know!  We think we are getting all our boxes but its hard to know about the ones we might not be!

UPDATED 20 October-2012

Please note that we never want anything better than Target name brand unless specially stated.  Also – used items, including things you were going to give to the good will work great here. So if you have an extra or an old of anything on the list please send us the old used stuff and buy yourself something new.

Please make any food items fat-free or low cal if possible – there is no such thing here.

When mailing you can take things out of the wrapper to make a lighter package.  But if the item can leak in any way what so ever please put it in a sealed plastic bag.

We know the cost of shipping is crazy so if you want to send something but don’t have an extra $100 lying around please consider sending pictures and or a DVD of a cool movie instead of a big box. WE LOVE GETTING MOVIES ! We don’t have a TV so a movie on the computer is quite a treat. We also enjoy getting ANY current media such as newspapers or magazines – anything from People/OK to Time/The Economist.   We would also love to get pictures from home.  You can print on regular paper.  Sending an envelope is about $15 instead of $65.

  HIGH DEMAND ITEMS!  (In priority order)

  • Silicone ice trays
  • Crystal Light or any sugar free drink mixes
  • Large Rubber bands
  • Soccer balls, not expensive ones. we have a good pump already
  • Any movies – we LOVE movies 
Regular Demand Items:  (Newest Items at the top)
  • Pantene Hair Conditioner for fine hair
  • Any 100 calorie snack packs
  • Children’s school/craft supplies, such as  coloring books, drawing pads, colored pens,  puzzles, other crafts and things that kids would use in school.
  • Books for teenagers would be great!  My school library is so very lacking. Novels would be helpful but they also need any kind of book that is educational. 
  • Yard Games for Kids:  like a Frisbees,  ring toss, bean bags, yo-yo, matchbox cars, hacky sac, deflated soccer balls  and other shippable yard games for children and teens.
  • Doggie treats and flee collars
  • Airplane bottles of liquor to fill the spaces in the box you are sending.    Tequila, Bailey’s, Vodka, Crown Royal, Chivas, or Revel Stoke.  (Margarita mix is also desired)
  • Ritz or other high-end crackers!

When mailing please add our phone numbers (76744160 and 76744115) to the package .  Also please include both our names so we can both pick up the package. 

John Ratkovich and Carol Reckamp
(Tiroyaone and Gofaone)
Kwena Sereto CJSS
Private Bag 0018
Molepolole, Botswana
Call 767-44160 for pickup


Tiro (John Mark Ratkovich)
US Peace Corps
DAC Office #DA3
Private Bag 0048
Molepolole, Botswana
Call 767-44-160 for pickup

If you want you can download and print a mailing address here:Mailing Label

10 Responses to Our Wish List…

  1. mddevine

    Your list made me chuckle! How long does it take a package to reach you?

    • jm

      Thanks for the post! They say it takes 3 to 4 weeks, but we have not received anything yet, so we can’t be too sure yet. Please check the Contact Us tab on our blog for a bit more info!

  2. Louie & Melissa

    Please post your new address once you receive it. Miss you….just alittle. Love You!!

    • carol

      Please check the contact us page for address and all other ways to communicate. I have also included the address below:

      Carol Reckamp and/or John Ratkovich
      Peace Corps Volunteers
      Kwena Sereto CJSS
      P/Bag 18
      Molepolole, Botswana

      Cell Phone 76744115 or 76744160

      Please make sure you include the phone number as the post office usually has to call us and let us know the package is there.

  3. Karen Kostrzewa


    Rich and I are on it! We’ll start w the high demand items- and what flavor of airplane bottles do you want?

    Good luck- karen

    • Karen Kostrzewa

      Perfect- i will start getting the things today- do you have a preference for color of shirt??? Also- we will do our nov cubscout meeting and talk about what you guys are doing- we will have the boys make cards for Carol’s kids and ask them to bring something to send in another care package- love you guys_

  4. Garland

    Hi–I mailed a box on 12/19 (I think)–playing cards, small pocket knife, sugar-free chocolates (which are pretty good!), airplane bottles, Ritz, container of cleaning wipes, some fancy scissors for your arts & crafts projects, some other stuff I can’t remember (of course). I will be mailing an envelope soon–I copied a book we have filled with trustbuilding/communication games. Project Adventure is the best in the business–these games will hopefully help with your teacher project. Most do not require any props or tools. A few may be tough for non-native English speakers, but there are plenty to choose from. Good luck!

    • Carol

      Garland! That is so very nice of you to do that. I am sure the kids will love the crafts and John and I will love the rest. I can hardly wait to get the envelope with the games in it! The project is slowing moving along and I know this will be super helpful. Thank you again for all your support!

  5. Patrick

    JM and Carol,
    I got the coaster, measureing cup, measuring spoon, outdoor thermometer and pet shampoo. I would like to Thank ACE is Fox River Grove for discounting the items 20% for me because they were going to Peace Corpse volunteers.


  6. Patrick

    I sent you guys out a box you should get it next week next sometime.


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