Any ideas for older children?

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I just sponsered a 14 year old boy. I want to know of things I could send like the younger one I sent stickers. Also how can i build a relationship with both boys. I am 20 so not much older than Angel. Would that be weird for him?
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Ashley Brian

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Ashley Brian

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Also both are from Columbia. How long will it take my letters to reach them and how often should I write?
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Donna Hartsoe

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Once a month mail him in one envelope one page being your note the other five pages being a nice copy of devotions out of a selected devotional book for teen boys.  I have a Devotion book I do this with for my Sponsored child and he and his family benefit and look forward to these. (six pages limit to one envelope) Too, flat bookmarkers on occasion. They connect and enjoy pictures! (Ex: you go to a ball game take a picture tell him about your outing) I really encourage the Devotions. :-)

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Donna Hartsoe

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Letters mailed postal will take a tad longer than so the ones you do online. I do both but the devotions I mail. You can follow your letter activity well under your acct online and see when the mailed letters are received etc.
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Ashley Brian

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Good idea thank you!
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Donna, 
Great idea with sending devotions! :)
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Ashley, 
I am sure some other people on here can give you great ideas as well, but I would encourage you to send a variety of things. Some ideas might be: interesting articles or news stories that may be feel good inspirations, some sponsors will send clips out of books or send a few pages along of a book every letter that they send, you can send book marks and coloring pages that are a little "older", things with his favorite hobbies... so if he likes cars or soccer or whatever, maybe find him some cool pictures he could hang up. You can also send puzzles like crosswords and such. I think your best bet is to get to know what he likes a bit and then just send him things like that. I also love Donna's idea about sending devotionals! That is wonderful idea!
I would also encourage you to write about every month or month and a half if possible, but it not you can send them whenever you can! He will feel so blessed by you I am sure! :) 
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Maybe find out what they like and send some colored pages. My little boy is 12 and he loves cars and soccer/sports so I went to Amazon and purchased 2 coloring books for teenage boys, one of different cars the other sports and stuff. I colored 2 pages for him, one of cleats and a soccer ball the other a sports car..he loved them. I do the same for my 2 girls. I also have inspirational devotional coloring books for boys/girls that I color for them. Why so much coloring..well, even my stick men are horrible! Lol..I say if you can't draw, color.

Just get creative and find out the stuff they enjoy..oh, and write them as often as you can.
Letters are everything
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Writing to him will help him know who you are too, which will build the relationship. Take a picture of the tomatoes you grow, a sand castle you made, talk about a holiday that just happened and what you did. When they ask questions in their letters, then you get good hints into what is interesting to them.