Can I send Christmas cards to unsponsored children?

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I'd like to send Christmas cards to unsponsored children. How can I do this?
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Yes! You are welcome to send Christmas cards to unsponsored children. Here are the "rules" for the 2012 Christmas season:

1. Please only send 25 cards per sponsor.
2. Please do not include extras (stickers, photos, etc.)
3. Cards must be received by November 5. Cards received after this date may be held for next year.
4. Mail cards to Compassion International, Attn: Suzane Hall, Colorado Springs, CO 80997.
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Why only 25 cards? I make cards, and I would like to do a simple design that could make more than that. Will every unsponsored child get a card?
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Great question Lizzie! These cards are a completely manual process for our correspondence team- on top of the FLOOD of letters and cards we receive during the Christmas season. Because of this, we have to limit the number of cards to make the volume manageable for us.
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Okay. I wasn't sure. Thanks!!
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Someone asked on OC if it was OK to put stickers on the card itsself. I didnt want to say it was OK unless I was sure. I know we cant send a sheet of stickers, but can we put stickers on the cards?
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Yea definitely! Just no sheets of stickers.
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I saw on a blog, that we can send Christmas cards for unsponsored kids. Does it matter what language the cards are in?

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Christmas cards for unsponsored children.
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Yes, the cards should be written in English.
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But, Shaina, I thought he was asking whether or not we could send Christmas cards in other languages like we can for our sponsored kids? I send Amharic cards for my girl in Ethiopia. Could we send Amharic cards so that they can go to Ethiopia, for example?
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Regrettably, you can't send cards in other languages. They are being processed in our Colorado Springs facility manually. Since the correspondence team doesn't know all of the languages that the children speak, we wouldn't know where to send the cards if you wrote them in another language. If you sent a card in Spanish and we sent it to Africa, thinking it was a language spoken there, the card would be wasted as our translators would not be able to translate from Spanish- only English.
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Ah. I see. That makes sense. I just didnt know if it was the same as sending it to our sponsored children. But i guess not because there isn't any numbers on them. Thank you for the clarification.
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We could also send letters last year. Is that possible this year too?
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You're welcome to include a note within the card!
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When sending Christmas cards to unsponsored children do I put each one in an envelope or send all together in one envelope?
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Nope, one envelope is good!
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Hi
I have made four christmas cards for unsponsored children. Is it okay if I just send four or do I have to send twenty-five? Thanks!

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Christmas Cards for unsponsored children.
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Nope, you're welcome to send as few as you would like.
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Can we send cards for unsponsored children for 2013 as well?
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We do accept Christmas Cards for unsponsored children. You can buy or make Christmas Cards. Please sign them, and add a bible verse. That is all that is needed. Please keep in mind that these cards will not be translated. It would be helpful if all the cards were already in unsealed envelopes with no attachments (stickers, photos, etc.). We will begin receiving these cards in August. Please send these cards to the address below by November 2nd, 2015 so that we can get them to the children in time for Christmas. 

Compassion International
ATTN: Christmas Cards for Unsponsored Children
Colorado Springs, CO
80997-0004
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Is all this info (due date and address) current for this year? Also, should we not include attached photos or things such as coloring pages or sticker sheets?
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Hi Emma! Yes, the information in Susan's post above is correct for this year. Just to clarify on the due date, the deadline for Compassion to receive the cards is November 2nd. Cards should be mailed in unsealed envelopes with a bible verse or a short note with no attachments such as photos, stickers, or coloring pages. Thanks so much for wanting to send encouraging cards to the kids for Christmas! :) 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Can we send christmas cards for unsponsored children for 2013?.


Also, what is the new address for this year to send them to? Is the limit still 25 per sponsor? Do they get get given to sponsored children that don't receive letters, as well, or just unsponsored children?
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There is no limit on the number of cards! You can send as many as you'd like! When we send the cards, we pray, and tell the staff to pass them out as the Lord leads them.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Unsponsored Children Christmas Cards??.


Do you still do the program of Christmas cards to unsponsored kids? If so how does it work I would love to send out some cards to the kids.
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I tagged you in the Facebook conversation, Susan! Also this sponsor was told: http://forshamim.blogspot.com/2014/08/christmas-cards-to-unsponsored-children.html 
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Thank you so much, Amanda! I'm working on bringing everyone on the same page. :) 
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I have confirmed the deadline with Suzanne Hall as November 17, 2014. 
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Hey Susan is Nov 17th when we should have cards in for our sponsored children as well?
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Hi Melissa! The Christmas cards that you choose to send to your own sponsored children are processed separately from the Christmas cards that people can volunteer to write for our unsponsored children. Your personal child's card still goes through the normal process and is translated in country before being given to your kiddo. I would encourage you to send any Christmas card's to your children 2-3 months in advance. A good time frame to ensure they reach your child by Christmas, would be sometime in October. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Christmas Cards for Unsponsored Children.


What is the process for mailing extra Christmas Cards for those would may not get one?
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Yes! You are welcome to send Christmas cards to unsponsored children. Here are the "rules" for the 2012 Christmas season: 

1. Please only send 25 cards per sponsor. 
2. Please do not include extras (stickers, photos, etc.) 
3. Cards must be received by November 5. Cards received after this date may be held for next year. 
4. Mail cards to Compassion International, Attn: Suzane Hall, Colorado Springs, CO 80997.


Is the above the same rules?  Minus them being due by Nov 17?  Do you prefer picture cards or just regular Christmas cards?
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Hi Laura! I'm so sorry for the confusion. We no longer have a limit to the number of cards you send. It is generally a good idea to not include extras and to keep your messages short. You are welcome to send any type of Christmas card. I usually just send the very generic Christmas cards, especially those that have a nativity scene on them. However, you can use any type of card. The address is the same but the date is obviously different this year. It is November 17. 
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Okay thanks! Perfect!  I was thinking of using a type of card like that.  Thanks again!  Just curious.  About how many extra Christmas cards a year do you usually need?
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Laura, we have thousands of children who are currently waiting for sponsors. Regrettably do not normally get cards for every unsponsored child in our programs. However, we take this ministry very seriously. We pray over the cards and ask the staff to pray about which children to give the cards to. We want them to have maximum impact. :)    
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Thanks for the information!
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For what I've heard, the amount of cards is not limited anymore.
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Hi Lea! No, there is no longer a limit on the number of cards you send. :)
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Are handmade cards ok to send?  My daughter and her friends are wanting to get together and make some cards for the unsponsored children.
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Hi Casey! Sure, you can send handmade cards! That would be such a special touch if your daughter's friends were to make cards! :)
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Thanks, I just wanted to make sure. We always make our cards from construction paper and add stickers and drawings. Should we put them in envelopes?
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Casey, yes, you are welcome to put them in envelopes.
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Susan, I guess I need a refresher course here. We can put the cards in envelopes? And include pictures?
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Hi Garry! Refresher course coming at ya :). Yes, you can send the cards in envelopes. It's actually helpful if all of the cards are already in (unsealed) envelopes and we ask that you please do not send attachments and pictures with your Christmas cards you write. The Deadline this year for us to receive them is November 2nd.   

Send them to:

Compassion International

ATTN: Christmas Cards for Unsponsored Children

Colorado Springs, CO 80997-0004

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Christmas cards.

I hand wrote about fifty Christmas cards for unsponsored children. Who do I mail them too again?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Christmas Cards.

I was planning in sending the cards I had handwritten for about 50 kids.  But I ended up in the hospital and just got out.  Is it too late to mail them?  Can you send me the address again and I will mail them tomorrow if it isn't too late.
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Hi Laura! I am so sorry that you were in the hospital and I pray that you are quickly recovering and getting healthy again :(. Thank you so much for still wanting to send cards to these kiddos for Christmas. It's not too late! Please send them in by November 17th. I merged your inquiry into this conversation so that you can see other posts about Christmas cards as well as the address to send them :). Let me know if I can help you further!
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Thank you so much!

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