Can I send my sponsored child a package?

  • 96
  • Question
  • Updated 4 years ago
  • Answered
Archived and Closed

This conversation is no longer open for comments or replies and is no longer visible to community members. The community moderator provided the following reason for archiving: The majority of this conversation is no longer relevant. I am archiving to avoid confusion.

What items can I send my sponsored child? Can I send a care package?
Photo of Shaina Moats

Shaina Moats

  • 1915 Posts
  • 404 Reply Likes
  • excited

Posted 9 years ago

  • 96
Photo of Morgan Hensley

Morgan Hensley

  • 2 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Would it be possible to send a care package directly to the child I sponsor since it is not possible to send via Compassion?.


I bought my child marbles and wanted to send.
Photo of Susan

Susan

  • 7386 Posts
  • 1591 Reply Likes
Hi Morgan! Regrettably, we are not able to give out direct addresses for the children in our programs for their security. I am so sorry! I appreciate that you are trying to be creative in sending fun items to your sponsored child. One thing that you could do is that if you or a friend of yours is traveling to your child's country you are welcome to drop off a care package at the country office for your child. We'd be happy to deliver them to her once they are in country. If you'd like you could visit www.ourcompassion.org (a social media site designed for Compassion sponsors and donors) and see if there are any sponsors visiting your child's country in the near future and ask if they would be willing to carry a care package for your child. 
Photo of bulldogmama

bulldogmama

  • 3 Posts
  • 3 Reply Likes
If that is the case, can we mail the care package directly to the country office and have them deliver it to the child? How do we get the address for the country office? Mine is in El Salvador.
Photo of Susan

Susan

  • 7386 Posts
  • 1591 Reply Likes
Hi there! You are welcome to drop off a package at the country office. If you should choose to mail the package from here, you do so at your own risk. Postal service in developing countries is unreliable at best. Your items may not get there safely and there may be a high charge on postage and tariffs. If you would like instructions on dropping off a package at the country office in San Salvador, please email us at ciinfo@us.ci.org.
Photo of Dawn Lash

Dawn Lash

  • 4 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
I have a little girl in El Salvador also. I would like to connect with bulldogmama in case she travels there or knows someone that is traveling there so I can send something! How do we sign up for trips that go, so we can see our sponsored child?
Photo of Susan

Susan

  • 7386 Posts
  • 1591 Reply Likes
Dawn, all of our group trips and itineraries are listed here: http://www.compassion.com/get-involved/group-trips-list.htm It sounds like bulldogmama is not traveling to that country but rather wanted to be able to mail packages directly to the country office. 
Photo of Janalita Sillero

Janalita Sillero

  • 2 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Sending gift package for Sponsor child.


hello.. i would like to ask if in which address i can send the package for my sponsor child? Her location is Burkina Faso, Africa. Is it possible also to send some dress?
Photo of Derek Brandy Ervin

Derek Brandy Ervin

  • 2 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Where to?.


How do I find out where I need to send the package to? We would love to send him paper items but how do we get them to him?
Photo of Susan

Susan

  • 7386 Posts
  • 1591 Reply Likes
Hi Derek! I love that your excited about sending things to your sponsored child to encourage him and brighten his day! Please feel free to send any paper items, cards, or letters to:

Compassion International
Colorado Springs, CO 80997-0004
Photo of Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

  • 6 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
I took an extended trip this summer and picked up postcards in nearly every state I visited. I have about 40 for each of my sponsored children. Based on the information at the top of this thread, it would appear to be better for me to put them into 8.5x11 plastic photo album sleeves rather than sending a stack of card? Yet, I see there is a restriction on plastic. Does that apply to album pages?

Also, I don't want your staff to have to go through the trouble of interpreting every descriptive word printed on the postcards, so will the cards be treated like photos?

Finally, I picked up a few postcards from my visit to Disneyland. Is Mickey Mouse and the gang acceptable in the eyes of the Compassion team?

Okay, one more dumb question. When I am logged into Compassion, why do I need to relog into a social media site, like Facebook, to leave a reply?
Photo of Susan

Susan

  • 7386 Posts
  • 1591 Reply Likes
Hi Greg! Wow! You're sponsored child will love getting to know the US through all those postcards! As long as the stack is under a 1/4 inch thick then you may send them all together. I would suggest writing your child's name and number on each postcard if you are going to send them loose so that we know which child they are intended for. A plastic photo album would not be permitted. However, you may be able to find or make a paper photo album and secure it with stables or a small amount of thread.

Mickey Mouse is just fine. Our only restriction of cartoon characters are those related to Pokemon because these characters represent gang activity in many of the countries where we work and can put your child at risk. Other than that, we recommend using common sense when deciding what would be appropriate to send to a child. 

I've responded to your question about social media and Get Satisfaction in another thread. Regrettably, this community support platform is not a product of Compassion so we cannot change their policies. If you have security concerns about logging into Get Satisfaction, please feel free to contact us via email at ciinfo@us.ci.org or via phone at 800-336-7676. 
Photo of April Downer

April Downer

  • 2 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Packages.


I would love to send my child a package. What size should the envelope be and should it be a padded envelope?
Thank you
Photo of Susan

Susan

  • 7386 Posts
  • 1591 Reply Likes
Hi April! Please make sure the items themselves are paper and no more than 8 1/2" x 11" and no more than 1/4" thick. There's no need to send a padded envelope, as your letters and items will be bundled with other letters in a box going to the same country. They'll have plenty of protection that way. :) However, if you'd like to send them in a padded envelope to protect them on their way to our USA office, feel free.
Photo of Sara

Sara

  • 2 Posts
  • 1 Reply Like
I bought some stickers for my sponsored child and the stickers come packaged in a clear plastic or maybe it's cellophane. Do the stickers need to be removed from the packaging and sent without it's packaging?

Also, some of the stickers are 3-dimensional soccer balls. They are made of paper. They had a small circular foam piece on the back as the sticky part, but I removed that... assuming it needed to be removed since the above info says no foam crafts, though I would not consider this a foam craft, yet it had a very small foam piece. Would this have been acceptable to leave this on?
Thanks!
Photo of Susan

Susan

  • 7386 Posts
  • 1591 Reply Likes
Hi Sara! The clear plastic around the stickers should be fine to be sent. Also, the stickers, as long as they are fully paper and no greater than 1/4 inch thick, could be sent to your child. 
Photo of Nachelle

Nachelle

  • 3 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
Is there a site I can log into or someone there that can help me find the exact address to send items to my child?
Photo of KristenH

KristenH, Champion

  • 1122 Posts
  • 695 Reply Likes
Hi Nachelle, the address to send things to your sponsored child is exactly as follows:
ATTN Child Correspondence Dept
Compassion International
Colorado Springs, CO
80997
Photo of Nachelle

Nachelle

  • 3 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
I'm sorry I should have been more clear. I mean an address directly to the family? I would like to send things that don't meet the criteria through compassion. I have read the risks of customs and what not, but still would like to try.
Photo of Michelle Wright

Michelle Wright, Champion

  • 131 Posts
  • 54 Reply Likes
We aren't allowed to do that, I am sorry. If you know of someone traveling to the child's country, they can drop off a package at a Compassion CDC or the country Field Office. The package has to be labeled inside and out with the child's name, child number and sponsor name and number.
Photo of Michelle Wright

Michelle Wright, Champion

  • 131 Posts
  • 54 Reply Likes
That is the address for flat, paper items like cards, photographs, calendars, magazines, etc.
If you want to help your child with clothing and school supplies, you can send a financial gift. To do that, call 1800 336 7676 or log into your account online and click Additional Giving.
Photo of brian Lorenzini

brian Lorenzini

  • 2 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
what address do we send gift to.
Photo of Susan

Susan

  • 7386 Posts
  • 1591 Reply Likes
Hi Brian! Just as a reminder, we can only send paper items. Please send your letters and paper gifts to:

Compassion International
[No street address necessary]
Colorado Springs, CO 80997-0004

You may also send monetary gifts of $10 to $100 (twice a year) to your child and $25 to $1000 to your child's family by enclosing a check made out to Compassion with the type of gift in the memo line. Another quick and easy way to send a gift is by logging into the "My Account" section of www.compassion.com. Visit the "Additional Giving" tab and use the appropriate drop down to select the amount. 
Photo of Susan Searle

Susan Searle

  • 4 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
What can I send my child? I remember a list of items, but cannot locate it.Does the child receive all items?.


When I sponsored a child years ago I remember being able to mail colored paper, bandades, pictures to color, post cards, stickers, etc. My child did not receive all items. Why is this?
Photo of Susan

Susan

  • 7386 Posts
  • 1591 Reply Likes
Hi Susan! I think this is the list that you were looking for: :) 

Gifts That Can Be Sent

  • Assembled puzzles in zip lock bags, sealed with tape or glue to remain assembled in the mail (see above size restrictions)
  • Band-Aids
  • Baseball and football cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Calendars, smaller than 8-1/2" x 11"
  • Construction paper
  • Greeting cards, including musical cards
  • Laminated flowers and leaves
  • Magazine pages only, less than 1/4" thick
  • Origami
  • Colored and uncolored pages from coloring books (may not send crayons, pencils or pens)
  • Pages from watercolor paint books (may not send paint brushes)
  • Paper dolls
  • Photos of you and your family
  • Postcards
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scripture cards
  • Small posters
  • Stamps
  • Stickers
Gifts That Cannot Be Sent

  • Balloons
  • Balls
  • Books and booklets
  • Candy
  • CDs/DVDs
  • Ceramics or glass
  • Clothes
  • Cloth items
  • Elastic hair bands
  • Foam crafts
  • Food
  • Foreign currency
  • Gum
  • Halloween items (such items are inappropriate in many countries)
  • Jewelry
  • Large items
  • Magnets
  • Ornaments
  • Perishable items
  • Plastic items
  • Plastic rulers
  • Ribbons
  • Seeds
  • Stencils
  • Tassels
  • Toothpaste and tooth brushes
  • Toys
  • Unassembled puzzles
Please remember to put your sponsor number and your sponsored child's number on your letters to ensure that your child receives your letter.

Visit our blog for more letter-writing ideas.



Was there a reason why you thought that your child did not receive your items?
(Edited)
Photo of Janice Rivers

Janice Rivers

  • 2 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Can I send my sponsored child a care package including clothing items?.


items such as pants, shirts, shoes and dresses. Toys?
Photo of Kate Ledgerwood

Kate Ledgerwood

  • 5 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Can I send this?.


Can I send a friendship bracelet made from embroidery floss to my child if I tape it onto the back of my letter and if it is less than a 1/4 an inch thick?
Photo of Wendy Pulver

Wendy Pulver

  • 4 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
There are plenty of paper-chain bracelet tutorials on line though! They can be made very colorful with several design options :)
Photo of Kelly Lynn Valencia-Aiken

Kelly Lynn Valencia-Aiken

  • 2 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
Hi, Susan! I am an artist and an author of children's stories. Am I able to send a flat canvas panel (3x6...I think it's about 1/2 centimeter thick, maybe thinner) painting to my children? I would love to be able to share my art and books with them. What about stories? Am I able to send a chapter at a time or a small book? What would the size restriction be for something printed? Thanks so very much!
~Kelly
Photo of Susan

Susan

  • 7386 Posts
  • 1591 Reply Likes
Hi Kelly! We have to take the covers off of books to make them look less valuable so that they will go in the mail. If you are able to send a chapter at a time that would be fine though. It would just need to be under 1/4 inch thick. While we are unable to send fabric, the canvas might be able to go through. You could always try and if we are unable to send it we will email you. 
Photo of Rob

Rob

  • 1 Post
  • 0 Reply Likes
What is the largest size poster I can send? I have a poster of the verse from John 3:16 that is 17"x 28". It came rolled up. Can I send it as a tube?

Thanks,
Rob
Photo of Susan

Susan

  • 7386 Posts
  • 1591 Reply Likes
Hi Rob! We can send paper items that are 8 1/2" x 11" and under 1/4" thick. Regrettably, we would not be able to send the poster rolled up in a tube but we might be able to send it if you can fold it down to a smaller size. 
Photo of Veronica Selwanes

Veronica Selwanes

  • 2 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
is there a way to send my sponsor a gift? like a toy?.


I would really like to send my sponsor a doll since that is what she likes to play with and it is Christmas time. Is there a way i can do this?
Photo of Brenda Ross

Brenda Ross

  • 2 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
send a small package.


I shared with my child that I make quilts and she was asking about it. I would love to send her a small 10" x 6.5" mini quilt. It is only 1/8" thick. Is this ok? I noticed in an earlier response that cloth items were not allowed. My child lives in Indonesia. I appreciate any guidance. Thanks! Brenda

This conversation is no longer open for comments or replies.