Can I send a deck of cards?

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My mom had an idea to buy decks of fun kiddo cards and send them to our kids in Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, and Haiti. they're too thick to get through customs in a big bunch, but we thought we could write their numbers on every card and just send them through like a whole bunch of slips of paper! :) 

Our question, though, was whether or not this might be tricky culturally; if cards would be negatively associated with gambling? I'm including a picture of the cards we planned on sending.

The hello kitty is a regular deck of cards, the puppy one is obviously a crazy 8's deck, and the Rhino one is a matching game. Would these be suitable? 

Thanks!

Haley W. 
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Susan

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Hi Haley! Sure, you can send these! I have sent other kinds of card games myself and explained how to use them in a letter. However, you will want to make sure that the characters or photos that are on the back of the cards are appropriate. No Pokemon please. :)
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I was just going to come on and ask about mailing playing cards!!I just bought regular card decks for the older teens. Do you think this will be okay? Do you have any advice on how to split up the deck or the best way to mail them Susan? Also, does the number need to be on every card?
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Absolutely, Raechel! I would suggest splitting them up into two or three zip lock baggies so that it fits the thickness requirement of being less than 1/4". Also, I think you would be safe just to write your child's information and sponsor number on the zip lock back in permanent marker :). If you want to be extra safe, you can write it on every card but I don't think it's necessary. 
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Would you write like instructions in the bag as well or is that not necessary?
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I would enclose instructions on how to play as well, Stephanie. Great thinking! :)
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Hey Stephanie, there's a website called Zazzle that sells decorative playing cards that you might like. I haven't sent any playing cards yet but I was thinking about ordering some off there and I found some instructions for Go Fish online and used Google Translate to translate the page of instructions to Spanish. I don't know how good the translation is but I figure it's worth a shot to try to help the translators out. You might also want to print the instructions in English just to be sure and then just write "Translation" at the top of the translated page if you think you might want to do that also and if Google has your child's language. Just an idea.
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Ha! great minds, Raechel... :) 

Thanks, Susan! So excited to send these as a birthday gift for one of my girls. :) 
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Do you know if it is ok to send playing cards to Thailand, Susan or Emily? I would love to send playing cards to my kids, but I think I read somewhere that it was not allowed in Thailand.... I can't remember for sure tho.
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Good morning, Jennifer. Regrettably, as Debbie kindly elaborated on further, playing cards are restricted and unfortunately cannot be sent to your kiddo :(. I apologize for this!
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Hi Ladies! I just spoke with our mailing department about this in further depth and although playing cards are restricted according to USPS, they may not be restricted for the shippers that we use in country. In saying this, you're welcome to risk sending a deck of cards to your child if you wish, but we unfortunately won't be able to guarantee that they will reach them as we will let the field determine if they are appropriate or not. I hope that this helps you both!
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I know people who have sent them no problem in Bolivia.
I'm guessing they'd be restricted in Sri Lanka as on the World Vision site is specifically says the country does not allow decks of cards to go through.  If it's a country thing I can't imagine it'd be different depending on who sends it. 
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It's actually a restriction of the postal service for Thailand (from the United States postal service)
Country Conditions for Mailing —Thailand

 

Prohibitions (130)

 

Coins; banknotes; currency notes (paper money); traveler’s checks; securities payable to bearer; platinum, gold or silver (manufactured or not); precious stones; jewelry; and other valuable articles.

Firing caps and charged metal cartridges for small arms and non-explosive parts of artillery fuses.

Playing cards.


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Thanks Debbie! :-)

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