Can I send a physical birthday present? .

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I’d like to send my child a big box of crayons and a pad of paper. She loves art and I’d like to support her in this.
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Ashley, 

We are very thankful that you desire to send your child a some crayons! Regrettably, we are unable to send items of this type. We encourage you to send letters and cards as often as possible. However, please know that the only physical items that are able to be sent are musical and pop-up cards, bookmarks and stickers. All of these items must be 100% paper other than the stickers which may include plastic stickers also. Anytime you send something to your child, please make sure to keep it to six pages (front and back) or less. All letters, coloring pages or pictures will be scanned into an electronic document, unless otherwise noted above, and then printed in the child's country office to be delivered. If you would like to send your child a gift not listed above, you may do that through sending a monetary gift through Compassion. You may give two child gifts each year in the amount of $10-$100, and you may send gifts to the family of $25 to $1,000 (not to exceed $1,000 each year). The local Compassion staff will meet with the family when the gift is delivered to help them decide how the money should be spent and guide them in using the money wisely. Please be aware that Compassion will utilize 10% of your individual child-gift donation for the ministry's administration and program delivery costs of the gift. You will receive a thank you letter, approximately six months from when the gift was given, to let you know what was purchased. Also, if you happen to send a gift of $60 or more, the family will send you a picture of what was purchased! :) Please know that you are welcome to also send a recommendation of what you would like your gift money used for, but if the family receives the money and decides they have a better use for the funds, we do allow them to make that decision, as this will ensure they get exactly what they need most! I hope this is helpful! Please let us know if you have any other questions! Have a wonderful day! 
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Sherri Johnson

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So what it sounds like is the monetary gift we give for the child’s birthday or other special occasion actually goes to the whole family. Is that correct?? Essentially we are sponsoring a whole family not just a child.
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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My experience is that birthday gifts tend to be used for the child and family gifts for more generally useful (A new kitchen, for example). But yes the family works with the center to choose how the money would best be used. In fact I've come to the decision to send all my birthday gifts as family gifts in the future because I WANT them to be used to improve the family and not further the divide between the child and their siblings, etc.
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Sherri, 

As Sarah mentioned, when you send a general child gift, a birthday gift, or a family gift, our staff will meet with the family when the money arrives and they will decide together what the best use for those funds is. That may be for the child specifically, or it might be for the family. It's actually very beautiful to see how selfless these children are. They just want even their own gifts to benefits their whole family. :)

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