Cuban Exiles Use Internet To Send Gifts

Associated Press:

A small but growing number of Cubans in South Florida are getting around the U.S. embargo that limits what can be sent to the communist island by sending their Christmas gifts through foreign Internet sites.

At least one Canadian Web site, CubaMaxStore.com allows people to ship items such as beef, jams and even deodorant to relatives in Cuba. While the gifts aren’t the I-Pods and Sony PlayStations that Americans crave, they are much appreciated by Cubans who earn an average of $10 to $15 a month and often struggle to put enough food on the table.

The trend exemplifies the creative ways Cuban families are seeking to stay connected, despite the restrictions on travel and exports imposed by the governments on both sides of the Florida Straits.

Photo by cubamaxstore.


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