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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Jonathan-in my opinion the best gift you can give the child is to be their loving sponsor. To send them letters and words of encouragement, and tell them you really care about them. After your sponsored child knows you are there for them and really care about them, they will have received a wonderful gift. Monetary gifts are also greatly appreciated and they are wonderful to send. I love sending monetary gifts because I know the families really appreciate them.

I hope you will decide to sponsor; your child will love the gift of having you as a sponsor and receiving letters from you!
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I want to send a package to my sponsored child in Ghana. He is 12 years old, and I'm not sure of what to send him. Any ideas?

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Some paper things that my 12 y.o. son enjoys and likes to send: Paper airplanes (there are instructions on the internet for some really cool airplanes), origami boats and animals and hats--directions and paper for folding, sports trading cards, complicated mazes and dot-to-dots. We also keep an eye out for cardboard models of things like bridges or animals to build. Those kits are a little more expensive, but would make a great special limited-to-paper-items inclusion in a birthday package. :)

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Abby, this post has ideas for older children: http://www.bloggingfromtheboonies.com...
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I would like to send my sponsored child a gift. How can I find out what he likes with out him knowing and suprise him?

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I would absolutly love to send my child a little princess dress as a gift as I head off to college. I have checked with the specifications of the Guatemalan mailing customs, and the only down-side to the gift is that it is extremely expensive to send. How do I bypass "compassion customs"? I realize that some of the compassion countries have extremely difficult customs to dance around, Guatemala though, is not one to my knowledge. Suggestions?

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Due to our mailing guidelines, you aren't able to send a dress to your sponsored child.
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It would be better to send a monetary gift. For the cost of buying a dress in the US or Canada (which may very well be imported anyway) and shipping it to Guatemala, your sponsored child could probably buy several dresses locally, plus other things she might want or need. Your sponsored child would probably love photos of you and your family and friends, and maybe some post cards of the area where you live or the college you are going to attend.
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It's great to know that you are interested in giving something nice to your sponsored child!

I do think monetary gifts are the most practical, and the best way to bless a child. If you are hoping that the child uses the money for a particular item (a princess dress, or anything else), I would only mention it as an alternative, and leave it totally open to the child (guided by family and project staff) to buy something appropriate.

I think it's great to let the child know she's free to buy a "luxury" item like a nice dress. But I wouldn't want a child to buy a dress just to please me, if there's something else she wants or needs more. (There are often traditional local clothing, jewelry, etc. that we wouldn't even think to suggest.)
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I am putting together a package with some activity pages and stickers for my sponsor child's birthday...can I send it in a manila envelope or do you I need to find an 8 1/2 by 11 mailer?
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Send you things in any size envelope you want to. The envelope does not go directly to your child, so it can be any size.
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We wanted to know if there was anyway that we could send Oscar bigger gifts. For instance, soccer balls and a pump, clothing, shoes, etc. Please let me know as soon as possible.
Thanks

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Although you can't send large gifts like sports equipment or clothes, it is really better to send monetary gifts. The cost of buying and shipping a large gift - even if you could do it - would be disproportionate. For the same amount of money, the child can buy things locally that are culturally appropriate and probably much, much cheaper. And there will probably be money left over for extras.

I have received letters from my sponsored children, telling me what they bought with the monetary gifts I gave, and I was really amazed at what they were able to get for the money. There is no way I could have bought and shipped those things to them, even if there were a way to do it.
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Is there any special format that show be used to send a care package. like where to put what information.

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How long would it take for my sponsored child to have access to additional funds I would send? I am looking to make an additional contribution for her to have a gift in time for her birthday.

Also, how does the process work? Will my child have access to 100% of the monetary gift I send? I understand a compassion representative will help spend the money... Does the child actually go shopping with a compassion representative or does the child just get additional access to what compassion already has available there?

I love Compassion!!! Thanks for rocking ministry across the world!!! :)
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A monetary gift takes 2-3 months to travel. Compassion sends them all out at the end of every month, so you might want to do it online or over the phone today to help it get there faster!

From what I understand, sometimes the child will go shopping with staff and sometimes the staff will go and buy the decided items and bring them back to the child development center. The child/family does have input. Also, with most of our sponsored children, the money left over is either given to the child as pocket change or some candy is bought to use up the last of it. A special treat!

I also know of some children who have desired to tithe 10% of the gift money off of the top and that is such a sweet blessing!

Here is a post I shared about financial gifts: http://www.bloggingfromtheboonies.com...
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Thanks Michelle! I love that Compassion goes alongside the child to share a little wisdom with stewardship! Love you guys! Thanks for being there for me to partner with! Blessings to you and the team! :)
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I think what strikes me the most is the outpouring of love I see from people. Not only are they willing to sponsor a child, but they also long to send that child tangible presents like a special dress or sporting goods. I used to send little booklets, but I guess that's out now. I know that sending the little presents costs Compassion time and money, and certainly there are legal limits, too, but it's rather discouraging that you can't even send a thin coloring book anymore. Dover publications has wonderful thin coloring and activity books that even older children can appreciate, and there are little Christian books written in Spanish (for one of our sponsored children) that I'd love to send.
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My child is in Uganda, I just sent a very small paper booklet in with her letter. I found a pack of six at the dollar store. I'm anxious to see if it goes through. It was only the size of my palm and four pages at best. It fit in a small thank you note sized card. I also sent a small paper trophy with a #1 student and a bible verse on the back. I was encouraging her in her studies. I have t heard that there was a problem sending it, I'll post what I hear from her or Compassion.
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Yes, we can still send coloring books and thin booklets. They have to be softcover and flexible and thinner than 1/4".
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YES! I get mine from world missionary press (www.wmpress.org) they have allot of biblical stories for kids and such available in 180 different languages. i even found Amharic for my girl in Ethiopia (which isnt easy to find) I love it! And my kids talk about them. THey are light weight, flexable, and there is no translation needed and if I get a kid with a new language (or one that knows multiple languages) I send them allot! :)
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Sending the little extras is so cool, thank you Compassion for making this available, but more than that thank you for being an extension of God's hands and feet in these otherwise un-reached places. Thank you for giving these kids Jesus. Giving them Jesus brings new hope which really is EVERYTHING!

Blessings to the team! You are in my prayers! :)
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Does anyone know if we send the gifts for the children (stickers, bookmarks, etc) to Compassion in Colorado or to the child's home country Compassion office?
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Hi, Judy! We are to send everything to Colorado where it will be processed and then sent on to the various countries. I have a blog post that shares the address we send to and how to label everything. I hope that it helps you. Click here: http://www.bloggingfromtheboonies.com...
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Hey Judy! Please send your letters and gifts to Compassion International. Colorado Springs, CO 80997. Please include your sponsored child's number and sponsor's number on the letter and anything else you send.
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What I did for my little boy in the Philippines is i got the address of the main office in the Philippines where I could send packages. Could I send a package filled with soaps and toiletries to him (like once a year) since it wont be going through CI customs and it would be used using my own funds, but it would be going to the CI office in the Philippines. I will still label all the things with his number and my number. I just wanted to know if it was allowed. I already have the address. I just wanted to know.
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Hey Kimmy! No, you are not allowed to mail packages directly to the office. If you received the address from our visit's team in order to drop off a gift at the country office, you should have also received instructions that directed you not to mail packages. Mailing packages can cause lots of extra work for the staff and we have no way to verify that your package made it to your child. Also, it is extremely expensive to ship internationally. Sorry!
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I like to send confetti in birthday cards to my friends, could I put confetti in a birthday card for my sponsor child?
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That sounds like fun! Since the card will have to go through processing and translation, it might be a good idea to put the confetti in a plastic bag inside the card. Otherwise, it might all get lost.
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Can I send paper dolls printed on card stock paper?
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Sure! As long as it's not thicker than 1/4".
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what is the address to use to send packages?
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Hi Christi! I miss seeing you on FB! Hope the kids are well!

The address for letters is:
Compassion International
attn: Child Correspondence Dept.
Colorado Springs, CO 80997
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Also, what i like to do, is I request stationary from CI with the kids numbers, names and barcodes on them, and with them come pre printed envelopes with the address on it. All i have to do is put a stamp on them. :) And I put whatever I want in them. (within the guidelines, of course)
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what about crayons or colored pencils? Cause i wanted to send my SponsorKid some coloring pages, but didn't want to if she didn't have something to color with.
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Nope, only paper items may be sent.
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We would like to send our sponsored child a gift package. Where do we mail it to? Thanks

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hi, im sending a package containing a coloring book, stickers, greeting card, post cards, pictures, and a compassion letter. is this ok?
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Yes, this is absolutely okay as long as your colouring book isn't thicker than 1/4 8in and isn't a hardcover.
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Sorry, 1/4 in thick not 1/4 8in.
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ok and i send that with the compassion letter inside to be translated, correct? also, will you let me know when you receive it and when it goes through?
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Yes. Make sure you include your sponsored child's name, sponsored child's number, and your sponsor's number on every item and letter you send. (I always include my name as well, just thought it was a good idea, and it is on the Compassion stationary, too). They don't let you know when your letter has been received, but they do apparently let you know if something you send doesn't meet their standards. Hope that helps! Blessings on your sponsorship!
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if postage is an issue, can we include extra money to cover the additional cost for shipping? we're teaching our 4 year old daughter about the real meaning of Christmas and giving and she picked out a non-glass/ceramic ornament that has a baby Jesus and "it was never about the gifts, it was always about the Presence" on it to send to our child. also, her listed hobbies are cars and jump rope but we can't send her either?
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Hi Kyle, unfortunately we are not able to send any gifts that do not fit under the guidelines found at the beginning of this post. Everything must be classified as a document that is sent, but that still leaves lots of really fun options for mailing. Here's a great website for ideas: http://www.bloggingfromtheboonies.com...

Compassion explains in their blogs several reasons for not being able to send gifts through for our kids: "Why can’t I send a package?
Everything we send to each field office is declared as a document. If the box of letters went through customs and customs officials found something in it that was not a document, we would be charged hefty fines and that box would be held for weeks, possibly months.

Also, sending items overseas can be very tricky. There is a very high incidence of theft, and we’re not willing to take that chance with items that you have spent money on.

On top of that, shipping items can be quite costly. After paying for the item, shipping it to the country, and paying for customs fees, you would probably spend two to three times more than the worth of the item you shipped.

Instead, we encourage you to send monetary gifts. The child and family can choose what they need from the market and it helps to stimulate the local economy."

Courtesy of Compassion International: http://blog.compassion.com/nine-most-...

I would certainly suggest sending a monetary gift in lieu of a package though because it really does help the family and 100% of the funds are used for the child/family. I recently had one of my kids buy a mattress, food and clothing...All things we take for granted but he and his grandmother desperately needed.
~Kristen
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Do we send cash or a check? How much for an 8 year old boy in Indonesia for special occasions?
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We can mail in a check with notation of what it is for (including child's name and number) or you can call Compassion at 1-800-336-7676 and they can take it from a credit card.
How much you give is a personal decision. Most people I know send $10 to $25 for birthdays. Some people send $100 or so for a bigger family gift. Some people like to look at the child's info packet, reference the average monthly income and then use that as a guide. Pray and let the Lord lead.
Here is more info about giving financial gifts. http://www.bloggingfromtheboonies.com...
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Is it possible to get the address where I can mail my own package to my child?

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I would like to send my child a package directly. How can I do so?

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For security reasons, we do not give out contact information for your child or the staff at their center. All mail must go through Compassion.
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Thanks for the great suggestions about what can be sent to our sponsored children.

I have purchased some of these items, and now I'm wondering how best to mail them? For small things like bandaids and small sticky note pads, can they be put in a plastic bag with a sticker on the outside w/ my and my sponsored child's info?

For pages of coloring books... If I tear out and send multiple pages, can I staple them together and just put my info and my sponsored child's info on one of the pages? Or do I need to put it on all of them?

Thanks!
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Hi Nicole. For the smaller item's you can put them in a small baggie or envelope and mark it with the child number and your sponsor number. It is also okay to staple, paperclip or tape a few coloring pages together when you send them. I would still put at least the child number on each coloring page. Although we do our best to keep item’s together, it is better to be safe than sorry.
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Why is what we ship so restricted? My husband just spent a ton of money on our sweet Eunice and we were looking to see where we needed to send it just to find out that just about everything we got her we can not send.
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Cindy, I am sorry you are frustrated. There are a few reasons for this. First of all, it is more cost efficient to be able to send shipments through customs as documents. Secondly, for many countries, it is difficult to get packages through customs without it taking a lot of time and, in some countries, theft in the process occurs frequently.

However, if you have a friend travelling to the country where your child lives, you could send a package of bigger goods with them, to drop off at a project or the country field office. Because of the friendships made at the OurCompassion site and through advocacy, we've been able to send gifts to a number of our children.

Where does your Eunice live? Maybe I can find someone travelling to that country in the near future?
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Hi Cindy- I am sorry that you spent money on items that we can't send to your child. Michelle is correct about why we can't send items other than paper to the children. Between the cost of getting the item's through custom's, to the worry that the items will get stolen, it is just better to send paper items or monetary gifts. For some really fun and creative ideas of what you can send, please click the following link; http://www.compassion.com/letter-writ...
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Cindy, there are a lot of good ways to use the items you bought - for example, you can donate them to a church or community organization that helps children. The children you help would be blessed by that.

Also, I would encourage you to think about sending a monetary gift instead of buying things in the US and trying to ship them. As a sponsor, I've been amazed at how much a child can buy locally with even a modest gift. It's still good to send photos, cards, and personal remembrances, though.

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