Michael asked me to go buy all that was needed on the economy for a move in kit. This will help tomorrow when he tells others all the details.
Armed with our list we hit the stores. The toughest thing we ran into was deciding if we had hand soap, shampoo, or toilet cleaner. It also took faith to buy electrical items without being able to read the fine print. We aren't allowed to buy things on base to donate. The local stores say they can meet our need...I'm not 100% sure they can...but I'm all for giving our local economy our business...and bless families too...win/win.
We were able to buy almost everything at Sundays. We headed to the 100Yen store for plastic drinking glasses. I would love to know if anyone local finds plastic plates. We were asked to buy plastic over glass.
This is sort of like Operation Christmas Child - but we really overshot our box. I'll have to look for something bigger. I bought most everything at Sundays and got the last really good price on a rice steamer....it came to $238.50. I'm guessing a kit will cost between $200 (if you don't buy the electric rice steamer and hot pot) and $300 depending on the rice steamer you find. We're hoping some families will be able to give several kits, or maybe several families can go together and buy one kit. As many wives are gone I think I may need to arrange a merry band of shoppers. The chapel cannot accept cash, but they can accept these kits to be delivered.
The only thing I don't have in our kit yet is the Japanese Bible. I'm working on a source to be able to buy or receive Bibles. I even translated the list to Japanese for us to tape on the outside of the kits as they're donated. I'm begging to be allowed to be one of the drivers when these are delivered. I think I excel at adventurous Road Trips.
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Item Quantity Notes
Rice cooker 1 electric, small
Rice ladle 1 usually included with new rice cookers
Hot pot 1 electric
Fry pan 1
Cooking pot 1 medium size
Plastic cutting board 1 small
Kitchen Knife 1
Rubber gloves 1 pair for washing dishes, etc.
Rice Bowls 3
Drinking glasses 3 Japanese prefer small sizes
Tea or coffee cups 3
Chop sticks 3 sets
Soup spoons 3
Long chop sticks 1 set for cooking
Hand soap 1 bar
Dishwashing soap 1 bottle
Laundry soap 1 box (small)
Shampoo 1 bottle
Kleenex 1 box
Toilet paper 2 rolls
House slippers 3 pairs
Toilet slippers 1 pair
Kitchen sponge 1
Kitchen towels 2 small
Bath towels 3 medium
Cleaning cloths 1 small package
Clothesline 1 about 5-6 feet long
Japanese Bible 1
Living all of life before the face of God...