I watched the whole series as well, very interesting fabrication!!
Seems sad, all the junk in my shop would probably be valuable to them.
My Mother and sisters went to Cuba yearly, until recently, and always took an extra suitcase each full of goodies for the folks they had dealings with.
Waiters, kitchen staff, gardeners, all the unnoticed workers and their family's were so grateful to receive many basics we have at our disposal.
Things like, pens, socks, tooth brushes, candy etc. were all highly appreciated.