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 am sure there are specific requirements for care packages (I believe I saw those posted in another question/answer); but should we desire to send a care package to our sponsor child, is there a specific address we should send it to? I am assuming we would send it to the same address as Child Correspondence in Colorado but wanted to make sure. Also, should we label each item in the box with the Child's Sponsor number to ensure the items reach them? Thanks so much!

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Everything must be paper. There is the guidelines listed above. Just send it all in an envelope to the Child Correspondence address in Colorado.
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You can't really send a box of things, but you can send flat, paper items. If you get creative, you can find plenty of fun things to send. (Or check my blog: http://www.bloggingfromtheboonies.com
The only way you can send an actual package is if you know someone travelling to the country. thanks to the OurCompassion website, I've been able to send a few packages to our children when people have gone on sponsor visits!
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Are there things we can send our child in the mail? My child is a girl, almost 13, living in Honduras. We were thinking of sending her some sticker sheets for something fun that is simple and small, but my teenage daughter says a girl that age wouldn't care for that. I feel that in poorer cultures, children would be more open to things like that at a later age than in the US. Do you have suggestions about other small flat items that we could send to her with our letters?

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I sent stickers to my twenty year old girl in Bolivia. She thanked me for them. I doubt she'll use them but I told her to share them. So yes, I think she would like stickers. Dot to dots are good, and so are complicated coloring sheets. Origami and instructions, mazes, extra paper, scarbooking kit (paper, stickers, and photos with example finished sheet)- these would all be good for a teen girl. She will appreciate everything you send her. I suggest you join OurCompassion.org Sponsors often share what they send there. Have a great day :)
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I know plenty of teens who like stickers. We send stickers to all 19 of our Compassion kids, including the 18 year olds!
You can find a lot of ideas here, too: http://www.bloggingfromtheboonies.com...
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Is there any weight limit for an envelope to send?
Each item in the envelope should be no more than 1/4" thick. The envelope itself doesn't need to be 1/4" thick, correct? 
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Newsponsor, there isn't a weight limit for the envelopes. What you send in that envelope does need to be less than a 1/4" thick, but not the envelope itself. We take everything out of the envelope anyway :).
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hi I am sponsoring some children! I wanted to know how do I send the package to an address?
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After you compile an envelope of permissible to send items, you mail it via a carrier of your choice (USPS, UPS, FedEx) to CI at the address above.
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Hi Chasity- you can send only paper items to your child. Items need to be no thicker than 1/4 of an inch thick and no bigger than 8 1/2 x 11. You can mail letters and paper items to : Compassion International, Colorado Springs, CO 80997.
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how long does take for you to receive are money to sponsor kid when write a check? I just sent out to pay four kids for march, 2013!
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I'm unclear if you mean your monthly sponsorship check or a separate financial gift to the child or his/her family. Your monthly sponsorship check is processed when it is received at CI. From my understanding, at the end of each month, CI totals up all the money from sponsors, divides by the number of children registered in projects, transfers the appropriate percentage of the total money to each country office and then the country offices disperse the money to each project. Because CI pools the money across all sponsors, they are able to be a non-profit organization. If they simply mailed each child a check each month from the money received from the sponsor, then they would not qualify to be a non-profit organization. Once a child is registered in the project (at the local church), the child receives sponsorship benefits regardless of if the child is sponsored. CI simply requests that sponsorship money be received by the 20th of the month.

If you meant a financial gift, those monies take about 2-3 months from when you donate until the child receives the gift. Shaina wrote a great blog about it: http://blog.compassion.com/give-a-gif...
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It can take two to three weeks to receive and process your sponsorship donation if you send it by mail. We will receive your March support for your four children in plenty of time.
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I realize that I am not alloud to send any other items than paper items, but would I be aloud to send I friendship braclet made out of the incredibly thin embroidery floss? I love to make them. they're super thin and would make a great gift.
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I realize that I am not alloud to send any other items than paper items, but would I be aloud to send I friendship braclet made out of the incredibly thin embroidery floss? I love to make them. they're super thin and would make a great gift.
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Hey there! You aren't able to send floss to your child. Sorry!
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I made a bracelet from string, not floss. Is it ok to send that to my sponsored child?
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Kathleen, we can send very small amounts of string. 
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Is ribbon considered a cloth???
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Lindsay, you are welcome to send very small amounts of ribbon.
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I am a quilter and just sponsored two children, the quilter in me wants to send them their own special quilt...will I be able to do that?

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We cannot send quilts. If you read through the mailing restrictions, everything has to be able to be classified as a "document", so paper or cardstock.

If you know of someone going to your child's country, you can arrange to have a gift dropped off. I have met friends on OurCompassion.org and has been able to do this several times.

You can find more tips or ideas for things to send at www.bloggingfromtheboonies.com
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I have an folder that I want to send that contains sheet protectors so that my kids can store there letters. There is no metal in it, and I only used a little string/ribbon to hold the sheet protectors in. I've seen conflicting answers about all these things, so I am going to ask the questions:
Can I send the sheet protectors (there just like photo protectors in an album but bigger)
Will I need to cut the folder down to 8 1/2 by 11?
Can I use a little string to hold it together? Should I staple it instead or use some other kind of holder?
Thank you for the clarification.
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The sheet protectors should be fine. It does need to be cut down to 8.5x11". String to tie it together or staples will work.
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Thank you so much for the clarification. :D
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We cannot send baby dolls. If you read through the mailing restrictions, everything has to be able to be classified as a "document", so paper or cardstock. You could send paper dolls.

If you know of someone going to your child's country, you can arrange to have a gift dropped off. I have met friends on OurCompassion.org and has been able to do this several times.

You can find more tips or ideas for things to send at www.bloggingfromtheboonies.com
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Can I send a little wooden cross necklace? It is just wood and string, no metal or plastic anywhere. It is very small and within the guidelines I think?
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We cannot send wood. If you read through the mailing restrictions, everything has to be able to be classified as a "document", so paper or cardstock.

If you know of someone going to your child's country, you can arrange to have a gift dropped off. I have met friends on OurCompassion.org and has been able to do this several times.

You can find more tips or ideas for things to send at www.bloggingfromtheboonies.com
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I am new to Compassion and recently purchased some gifts to send to my child. I bought these items at a store where I live. Am I able to send these items (they are under the $10 dollar limit) or must I give gifts only accessible on the Compassion website/money??

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what address do I put on the envelope so that way I can send my child a package?

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how do I send my child a package? I mean what do I put on the package so that he will get my package..
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If I send a thin coloring book or coloring book pages, will crayons be provided for my sponsored child to color them?
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Most projects will have some sort of colors for the children to use.
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I found a six piece cardboard puzzle that is within the size limits above and does not contain metal, plastic, etc. Can I send it to my child?
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Hey Sarah! Unfortunately, we aren't able to send cardboard.
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What kinds of things can we send to our child? If you're familiar with the Rainbow Loom...we made a bracelet for our child with the colors of his country's flag. The bracelet is made out of small rubber bands.

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Amy, right now the Rainbow Loom bracelets are going through so we can send those.
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This is great news! Rainbow loom and silly bands!
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bt they need money as well as i think
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I saw the previous person's post about a bracelet and thought that would be a great idea! If the bracelet was made of the embroidery floss. The same colored floss used in cross-stitching. Would that be ok? It should be very thin.
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No, only paper items can be sent.
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I actually made embroidered bracelets with the color of our children's flags and they made it through, I don't know how because I see so often we are told paper only. But all three kids from different countries thanked us for the bracelets, and we are SO thankful they made it to them!
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Rachel, while it's great that your bracelets got through to your kids, I would not advise anyone trying to get things through that we aren't supposed to send. Compassion classifies everything as a document that is sent and one thing can hold up an entire box of letters for a while lot of kids. IMO it just isn't worth it. If you really want to send items that aren't allowed through the mail, trying connecting with people on the Our Compassion forums. There are many people who take sponsor trips and are willing to take small gifts for your kids. I've been able to do this three times.
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That's a great idea too! I didn't actually know that they weren't supposed to go through, I thought things just had to be 1/4 in thick, I learned the paper only rule AFTER I sent them, that's why I was surprised to receive their thank you notes. I don't usually look for ways to break the rules, haha. :-)
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why is there so many limitations to what can be sent, is this because of their government?
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I think that may have been covered earlier in this conversation. Packages are sent through customs classified as "documents". This keeps costs affordable and mail moving quicker. Packages of other things are much more expensive to ship, are often held in customs for a long time and are also often targets to theft.
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My question as well. That's too bad about customs. NO matter if I'm a sponsor, I would love to share more with my child. I would love to be able to send him clothes or things he needs for school.
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I think it actually helps your child's country more if you send money, because then the items such as clothing can be purchased locally. This helps the whole country more than sending items from the US.
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I understand the legality of it, but I also feel the sentimental desire to physically pick out something for someone that I love and give it to them with love.
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can you send packet vegetable seed ie like carnival and yates etc
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Good question, I'm guessing no because of agricultural laws but that would be a great gift. I'd like to see the answer as well. :-)
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Hey there! I'm checking into this and I'll let you know what I find out. :)
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Rebecca, you are correct. Regrettably, we are not able to get seeds through customs. :(
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So sad that we cannot send items we would want these children 2 have .But I know they will except anything we send them .Pic's I can imagine they would luv 2 have .
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Your children will indeed treasure photos!! I met a formerly sponsored child (who now sponsors!!) and she said to send a photo with every letter. She loved them so much as a sponsor child and now sends them to her kiddos quite often. :)
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I also agree that It is sad that we can't send what we want. I want to treat my sponsor child as if she were my own. I feel that if we are choosing to sponsor them and send the money; then we should be able to send gifts also. My heart aches sometimes that I can't do for her like I do for my biological children.
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Oh Shannon! I'm so sorry that you're heart aches about this! I can tell that you really care for your sponsored child and I'm so thankful that she has you in her life! If we could, we would allow gifts other than paper and money. However, we are limited due to the customs in many of our countries. Sending anything other than paper in the mail often ends up costing more than the item is worth in tariffs and fees and could delay a shipment of letters for weeks. We are trying to be as efficient and economical that we can. Also, sending monetary gifts so that your child or family can buy something in country, helps support the local economy and our efforts of releasing children and communities out of poverty.  
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Yes, Dee, the children absolutely cherish photos! So please feel free to send them! 
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Hi everyone!
When sending the above approved items, what is the address we use to make sure the items get to the sponsor child? Thank you!

God Bless,
Ashley
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Attention Child Correspondence Dept., Compassion International, Colorado Springs, CO 80997

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