1. The new recommendation for the most efficient way to send letters and packages is to send them directly to him at the apartment in which Ray is currently living (see address above) instead of to the mission office.
2. If you decide to send a package, please consider using a large padded envelope rather than a box. They come through the mail as letters. They are more likely to be delivered quickly without additional charges. Also, keep these guidelines in mind: The sender is required to make an honest declaration of the total cost of the items contained. Once your package arrives in Italy, an importing tax is often tagged on if the total declared exceeds $49 and if the description of items says: shoes, medication, vitamins, cosmetics, soap, deodorant, lotion, toothpaste or dental items. This is just a partial list of items that seem to accrue a customs tax. These fees are sometimes quite exorbitant and exceed the value of the items sent.
3. If you feel you need to send a box to the mission office, please remember that smaller boxes are easier for us to deliver.