Birthday Gift

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Hi, so the Child that I'm sponsoring has his birthday coming up very soon, and I wanna give him a birthday gift, but I'm a bit confused about it, do I only give a gift of those gifts that are an option on the compassion website, or am I able to personally buy a gift and send it via mail to his location?
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Pnhaco Snen

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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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The gifts in the Compassion Gift Catalog are NOT gifts you buy to give to a specific child. Rather, if you want to give a birthday gift to your sponsored child (I need to do this too) you can login through the website (I don't know how to do it on the app), click on "Additional Giving" in the left hand ribbon, find you child in the list and choose an amount in the Birthday Gift drop down.  All the money is sent to the countries once a month and the center is notified of your gift. 10% of your gift is used for the costs of distributing it and the center confers with the child's family as to how to best spend the gift, taking into account any note your wrote.  Once the decision of how to spend it is made, they go shopping and get the gift. Take a picture (if the gift was $60 or more) and then write a thank you to let you know how it was spent. You should get that thank you within 6 months of the day you sent the gift.

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Sierra, Employee

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Hi, Pnhaco! Thank you for your question. The directions Sarah gave you on how to send a Birthday Gift are excellent, and if you follow those, you should be able to send a gift without a problem. Regrettably, Compassion cannot accept packages for your sponsored child for the following reasons:

1) Everything we send to our country offices is declared at customs as a document. If custom officials find anything in a box of letters that isn't a document, we are assessed a hefty fine and the box will be held for weeks, possibly months. 
2) There is a high incidence of theft when sending packages to the developing world, and shipping items overseas can be quite costly.
3) The high volume of child letters Compassion processes every day makes it impossible for us to also process packages. 
4) The delivery services in developing countries are rarely as operational as they are in the U.S.

The only way we can send gifts to your child is if you send a monetary gift, and then, your child is able to buy a gift he most wants or needs!