Can I send my child gifts through Amazon?

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I know we can't send packages because of customs, but I know with amazon you can have the package sent to the project office or whatever. I was wondering if we could do this because there would be no charge to compassion?
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anna

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Lindsay

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I've wondered about the same thing. Also, I do a lot of international shopping and have been curious if it would be possible for me to buy things from, say, a Peruvian store and have it delivered to the Compassion Center. There aren't customs fees if you're sending things within the country. I'm very curious to see what Compassion's take is on it.
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Hi ladies! This is definitely a perk of Amazon and a great tool. I definitely understand your desire to send special and larger tangible gifts to your children. I know it may seem frustrating but regrettably, you're unable to send a package to your child through this route. 

The cost of custom fees and shipping rates are very high when sending packages but this is not the only reason that we do not allow packages to be sent through an avenue like your suggesting. While many of our country offices will accept and deliver any gifts that are dropped off at their location, it's not guaranteed that all countries will be able to perform this service, due to limitations within their offices.

Something else to consider is logistics for our field office. They would have to process all of the gifts shipped to their office and coordinate pickup with each project. With the amount of projects we have in each country and the number of children we have, receiving packages for the children in addition to their other tasks and responsibilities would become very overwhelming to our staff. Some projects are close to the field office, but some that are in more rural areas have to be reached by plane or bike. We feel it is more valuable for your to receive a monetary gift. They are not only able to choose what they need and want, but it helps to stimulate the local economy as well.

Although it's not possible to send packages to your child regularly, if you ever travel to your child's country or if you have a friend visiting the country, please let us know and we are able to provide instructions on how to send or drop off a gift at the country office during your visit! :) In limited amounts like this, we can allow gifts to be dropped off to be delivered to a child by a project facilitator. 
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Ah I see. Well actually I will be going to peru so I would love instructions on how to bring a gift that way :) I don't think that I will be aloud to visit my child but I would like to bring him a present
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Hi Anna! I am emailing you instructions on dropping off a gift at the country office in Peru. :)
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That makes perfect sense about the stress on the local office. I think I talk to so many of the really involved sponsors that I forget there's not a constant stream of things coming in since so many people travel.

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