Can I send my sponsored child a package?

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What items can I send my sponsored child? Can I send a care package?
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I understand the items for the child needs to be paper and needs to be 8 1/2"x 11" and 1/4" thick, but when I mail it to Commpassion, can i send it in a 9" x 12" clasp manilla envelope? Would the childs items within this envelope need to be in its own 8 1/2 x 11 envelope? Thanksk, Lisa
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Hi Lisa, you can send the items for your child (marked with their name and child number) in a 9x12 (or any size) envelope. The size requirement just applies to each item that is mailed, not the package size mailed. I'm sure your child will be happy to receive their goodies from you :-)
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Thanks Becky! So once you get my goodies I'm sending the child in the 9 x 12 envelope, you go through it and repackage it and interpet it and sent it to her? I know it states it takes 2 to 3 months for the child to receive the package, but is that a pretty good time line when sending mail to Bolivia? I'm so excited!! Oh, if the material inside is thicker than 1/4", will you send it in two packages to the child to insure they get it or do you just send some of it and throw away what is over the size limit?
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Where, where do I send the package of gifts? I need an address please. I know it goes through Colorado...then to India...but where do I send it in Colorado. So confused...
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Beth, your correspondence (letters and paper gifts) are mailed to the same address:

Compassion International
Colorado Springs, CO 80997-0004

There is not a street address, as Compassion has a unique zip code in place!

I answered this on your other thread with a question, but I thought it might be beneficial to answer it here as well.
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Beth, I just sponsored a child in Africa and was about to ask the same question about the address! I will see what you are told! Also, I think I am pronouncing my child's 1st name ok, but I wondered if there is a way to find out how to pronounce his last name? I could post it here if that is appropriate. Susan
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I understand the instinct to pick out a particular gift and send it, but my suggestion for most people would be just to send a monetary gift for birthdays, Christmas, etc. I've usually gotten specific thank-you letters from the children telling me what they bought with it, and in many cases it has been amazing. Things are typically much cheaper in their countries, and they're able to choose things that are appropriate for their location, culture and needs.

For example, a girl I sponsor bought fabric for a traditional formal dress that is worn in her culture. Even if I wanted to send her clothes, there's no way I would know what to send. It was really heartwarming to read about it. Another boy I used to sponsor bought sports equipment for a game that's played in his country.

I do agree that mementos and cultural items (paper gifts) have a lot of value, though. Cards, photos, post cards, etc. are all good things to send.
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I TOO SEND MONETARY GIFTS TO MY CHILD IN ETHIOPIA & SHE WRITES TO ME THANKING ME & TELLING ALL THAT SHE IS ABLE TO BUY. SHE HAS TOLD ME SHE LIKES STICKERS SO I BUY THE BOOKLETS WITH PAGES OF STICKERS, I CUT THE STAPLED OR HEAVILY GLUED "RIB" OFF & MAIL THE SHEETS OF STICKERS...THESE CHILDREN ARE SO GREATFUL FOR OUR LETTERS,OUR ENCOURAGEMENT ,PRAYERS & LET THEM KNOW HOW MUCH WE LOVE THEM AND HOW MUCH GOD LOVES THEM :)
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Since I just sponsored Firmin, would it be better to wait to send the first package? I purchased items from the list on the top of the blog. Do I put the items into an 8 1/2 by 11 envelope, unsealed, and include my child's name and number on the inside along with my letter to him, and then place all of this inside another envelope (10 by 13) and mail it to Colorado Springs?
I realize if I wait, all of this information will probably be sent to me from Compassion. I just hate to make Firmin wait any longer!
I am glad to know the lag time for gifts...I will need to send his bday gift in June since his bday is in September!
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Susan - go ahead and send your package for Firmin to Compassion! As long as you have his name and child id number on the items, we can make sure your gift gets to him.
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What items can I send in the mail? Crafts? Homemade gifts? Books? Bibles?

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What items can I send in the mail? Crafts? Homemade gifts? Books?.
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http://www.bloggingfromtheboonies.com... You will find lots of ideas on this post.
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When I want to send my sponsored child a package, how do I send it? What address and format do I need to use?

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How to send packages.
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Address and ideas for what we can send can be found here: http://www.bloggingfromtheboonies.com...
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I was reading the item list that bookmarks can only be paper and plastic cannot be sent but that laminated flowers are OK. I wanted to create a bookmark in my Photoshop program that included my sponsor child's photo as well as a Bible verse (I plan to order an English/Spanish bilingual Bible from the Christian bookstore so I can print the verse in Spanish and he will be able to read it) and planned to have it laminated, would this go through due to the plastic coating?
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Yes, anything laminated will be fine.
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While we can only send things that could be classified as "documents", there are still so many items you can send to your child that fit within those requirements.

This blog post shares a lot of ideas for fun items you can send in a package to your sponsored child: http://www.bloggingfromtheboonies.com...
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I see that I can send band-aids. How should those be sent? In a plastic bag? Surely I do not need to put child's name on each one do I? Thanks for your help!!
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It would be best to send them in a plastic baggie with your child's number and your sponsor number on the outside.
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Hi! I was wondering if I could order Tom shoes for my child (he's five turning six) for his birthday or if I would have to send the order to his education center. Also I wanted to know how early I should send his birthday gift so he can get it on his birthday or the day before.Something like these http://www.toms-us.com/bmz_cache/4/4b...
or some classics that we both can have together (:

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sending shoes to my sponsor child in a package or giving CI the money to do so..
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I just sent our sponsored child a birthday monetary gift. Will we be informed on what he got with it? Is it possible to send us a picture of the child with the gift? Also, how often will we receive an updated photo of the child we sponsor? I know he is having a birthday so we would appreciate seeing a picture of him that is more current.

My mom is hosting a Jack and Jill for us and instead of party favors she is making a donation to our sponsored child. Is there a way I can obtain a picture for that or should I just print one off myself?
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Yes, you will likely be informed by your child what he got. Of course, you will have to wait about 3months after he received the gift. If you do not get a letter saying what he got, you can always call or e-mail Compassion asking what he got, as they will know. Sometimes you will get a picture of your child with his gift, but some project don't have the things to be able to do that. There is a picture taking day at each of the center about once every 1.5-2 years. You can read more about it here- http://blog.compassion.com/taking-pho...
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I thought that this might be a good idea, but then I thought some more and wasn't sure, so I thought I would ask you guys :) I always find it interesting to see other countries currencies. I thought it might be fun for my sponsored children to be able to see some different ones too. I thought I could scan in a dollar bill and print it out. Then send it to my child telling them about the presidents and such. Do you think this is a good idea or not? I know that they don't have much money, so I am not sure. Thank you, Lizzie :)
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I made a big card for my sponsor child it was all paper but it was kinda thick. I put it in a manilla envelope and already mailed it. Will she still get it?
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If CI realizes in the mailroom in Colorado that they cannot mail something to your sponsored child, then they will contact you.
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Can we send Crayons or coloring utensils?
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Please look at the first reply on this thread by Shaina Moats. That will give you all of the Mailing requirements.

We cannot send crayons or coloring utensils through the mail.

We can only send these items if we happen to know someone travelling to the child's country who is willing to drop off a package. I have been able to do this by networking with other sponsors online and on OurCompassion.org.
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The centers usually have some sort of coloring utensial, whether it is markers or crayons.
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ok. thanks
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What are good things to send to older children (ten and up) who may be getting too old for stickers and coloring books? Does anyone have good ideas for this? My sponsored child is almost eleven.
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I just wrote a post about this within the last few weeks: http://www.bloggingfromtheboonies.com... You may find it helpful.
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Thanks for sharing!
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I was wondering if we can send a Putumayo sticker book. it's all paper no plastic or metal binding on it http://www.putumayo.com/world_culture...
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I love the stickers! It should go through just fine.
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The cover would need to be removed for us to be able to send it. All items we send are declared as documents and can have no resell-able value.
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ok thank you for your response!! though it is an actual hard back book with no plastic or metal binding.... so it seems to be ok? it's size fits the recommendations.
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Yeah, it seems fine to me. Anyways, if when Compassion gets it and they decide it is not okay, they will contact you. I am actually thinking of buying one of the books myself :)
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Hardcover books are a no. The things we send have to be flexible.
While Lizzie is right in that the Compassion staff will contact you if an item is not ok, I look at it this way. For every item that has to be pulled from the stack, set aside, a sponsor contacted via phone or letter to be asked if they want the item back, those delays and extra manpower, in essence, cost Compassion money.
Personally, I like to err on the side of not sending anything questionable.
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Coming back to say, that book is adorable. If there is any way to cut out the pages and send those, I would. You could even scan/copy the cover and staple it on to the pages so it would go through without problems.
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Oops, I forgot that the covers had to be taken off.
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I would like to send a pretty dress and shoes and maybe hair necessaries.

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can I mail a package to my sponsor child?.
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I am sorry, but that cannot be sent. If you look at the top of this post, you can see a list of what can be sent.
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ok thank you. there aren't any pages in the book really it has a landscape on the inside cover where the child puts the stickers and makes the "story their own".
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Last year I sent some small paper books in Spanish to one of my kids. It fit in my envelope. What happened to these books if they can't get them?
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Compassion will contact you if the books can't go through. Then (I think) you will have the choice of having them sent back to you or they can donate them to a local charity. But, if you haven't heard anything from Compassion about the books, I would say they went through just fine.
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what about a pocket bible?
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Does it fit within the size guidelines?
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Where were you able to find the books?


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I was wondering about a pad of paper. Like a little notebook that was bound with glue. Does it have resellable (not sure how to spell that :) value?
Thanks, Lizzie :)
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Normally if it is bound with glue, that means that it will not pass the flex test. If you can bend it in all different directions, it will probably go through.
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Hey Lizzie! A few years ago, I found these really cute little notebooks that I sent to my child's mom and they went through fine. However, I know that the guidelines have changed since then. You could always try and see if it would go through.
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I getting a feeling that money is like the best thing for child. Because it's flat & it's paper thin. Is there anything that beats money, that a child would love to get or to have? The name is Jonathan, btw. :) I'm not sponsoring a child, but sponsoring a child has been on my mind for quite some time now. So, do you know if there is anything, that is better than money for a child to get & have?

Also here is a picture of Flor. One of the children, I am thinking about sponsoring.
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While money is flat and paper thin, we cannot send cash directly to our children. Monetary gifts are handled by sending a payment to Compassion directly by using the website or calling the 1-800 number. They money is transferred to the country Field Office and Compassion staff helps the family with the purchases.

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