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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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Can I send my child a soccer ball?.


One of my correspondant children loves soccer. is there anyway, if not through compassion then by obtaining his address, that I can send him a real Soccer ball? not an inflated one, but a flat one that he can blow up with a pump (maybe that i send with it?)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
My child's birthday gift.


My sponsored child's birthday is coming up and I want to send her a doll and some extra money. Is this a possible gift to get through customs and if possible, how can I go about doing this?
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Sarah, you are more than welcome to send a monetary gift to your child. To send a gift, please log into the "My Account" section of www.compassion.com and click the button for "Additional Giving." There are three types of gifts you can send - birthday gift, general gift, and family gift. Use the appropriate drop down menu to select the amount and click "Continue" to checkout for this gift.  We will wire this gift through our country office in your child's country and convert it into the local currency. There is no fee for this and your child will receive 100% of whatever  you send. You will receive a thank you letter (approximately six months after the gift is sent) letting you know what your child was able to purchase. 

We are unable to send US currency in the mail (it is unsafe to do so because there is a high risk of theft). We also can only send paper items through customs. Please see the list of items that can be sent at the top of this topic. 
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My child's birthday is mid July and I would like to send a monetary gift for that. How far in advance do you recommend I do this so they will receive in time?
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2-3 months in advance Susan, so I would say around April.
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Are the children (or the parents if there are parents involved) explained why we are sending such meagre gifts? It would be natural for them to think that we are living in luxury here in the States and sending them items that are literally worth very little and not substantial things?
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We are able to send monetary gifts so that they are able to purchase what they need.
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I still think it is in place to explain that we have limitations placed on us, so they have the perfect understanding of the situation.
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Dawn, I have had the wonderful opportunity to speak with quite a few former sponsored children and what I have come to realize is that a majority of the children do not even receive frequent letters, much less anything extra to go with them. Honestly, they view our letters as gifts, and any extra we send along is definitely appreciated. I can say with assurance that the children and families are not looking at what we send and looking at them as meager gifts.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Could I send a gift myself to my sponsored child? Like something I purchased and would like to give him?.


I was thinking of sending him a birthday gift because Edem's birthday is coming up soon! April 5th! So I was just wondering if I was allowed to send him like a package of things instead of a monetary gift?
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Hi Christina! Regrettably, we are only able to send paper items in the mail. I'm so sorry but for everything else we recommend sending a monetary gift and we will purchase something in country for your child. You are welcome to purchase and send a birthday card though! 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Acceptable gifts.


Does anyone know if it is permissible to send the lace-up cards to our sponsored children? I didn't know if the plastic-tipped laces would be accepted.
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Hi Angie! Regrettably we cannot send any cloth or plastic items. If the laces are made out of cloth, we would not be able to send them. I love your creativity though!
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what about sending paper crafts made primarily of paper with small amounts of yarn, floral wire/pipe cleaners or craft sticks?
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Hi Lauren! That is such a sweet and thoughtful idea but regrettably we are not able to send anything that is not paper in the mail. You are welcome to send a monetary gift and ask that it be used for a baseball for him though. If there isn't a greater need, we'll be sure to get him a baseball. Also, if you know anyone that is traveling to your child's country, you are more than welcome to drop off any type of gift you would like at the country office.  
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Can I send my child a gift threw the mail?.


I bought my sponsor child some toys and clothes for her birthday. Can I send them to her or the compassion organization that she is located at?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Can I send my child packages for her birthday?.


My sponsered child's birthday is coming up and I wanted to send her a doll or something other than flat items, is there a way to do that?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
How to send a gift to my sponsored child.


I have a gift to send to my sponsored child. How do I go about it and how should it be packaged? The gift is a doll, I'm hoping that it is alright to send.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
What am I allowed to send my sponsor d things like, stuffed animals, coloring books and crayons, and blankets?.


I have been sponsoring a little girl in India, Asia, named Depanjali for four years now. I have always made sure to send the extra money for her to get gifts for Christmas, and for her Birthday, but I would lake to send her a package of my own. I just want to make sure what I am allowed to send. Thank you! :)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
How & where (address) do you send a gift for a sponsored child?.


I am anew sponsor & don't know how this all works. I would like to send a child in Rwanda a gift for his birthday in December, but don't know who or where I should address to?
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Hi Josephine! That is so sweet of you to want to make your sponsored child's birthday extra special this year! Regrettably, we can only send paper items in the mail so you are more than welcome to send a birthday card, some stickers, or other paper items to the address below. Please make sure to write your name, your sponsor number, his name, and his child number on whatever you send. If you need any of this information just let me know.

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

Also, feel free to send a monetary gift and he will be able to pick out something for his birthday with 100% of whatever you send. To send a gift, please log into your "My Account" and click the button for "Additional Giving." Use the drop-down menu for birthday gift to select the amount and proceed to checkout. You can also send a check with your birthday card if you'd like.  
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Can I send a homemade doll?.


I make felt dolls and was wondering if I would be able to send one to my sponsored child? Its just felt, other material, stuffing and buttons for the eyes. 

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Hi Juanita! While this is super cute (you're very talented!) and I'm sure your sponsored child would love it, we regrettably can only send paper items in the mail. We would not be able to send a doll.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
How do I know my gift is going to my sponsor child?.


I want to send a care/gift package to my child and family. All I get is send money. How do I know it is going to my sponsor child and not some1 else pocket or account?
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Hi Sandra! I'm so sorry for the confusion! Regrettably, due to strict customs guidelines, we are not able to send anything but paper items in the mail. That is why we recommend sending monetary gifts. Your child will receive one-hundred percent of whatever you send and you will receive a thank you letter approximately six months after the gift is sent to let you know what your child did with the gift. Monetary gifts sent to your child not only help your child but also help the local economy in your child's area because you are helping to support local business instead of sending US made items. If you are concerned about our financial practices, I would encourage you to research Compassion and decide for yourself whether you think that we are reputable. I know that there are some organizations who do not handle their money ethically so you are right to question. Feel free to look at our accounting and budget here. The watchdog organization Charity Navigator has ranked us with four stars for several years in a row. We also have submitted to third party research of our programs that showed that the money not only gets to the children but our programs actually work to release children from poverty in Jesus' name. 
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I saw origami on the "yes" list and I made two small origami cranes.  If they are flattened, they are a little under 1/4 of an inch thick and a little under 7 inches long.  Are they okay to send?? 
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Hi Andrea! Yes, we can send these. :) 
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Thank you!!  I meant to put under 5 inches.
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Either way, it should be fine. The limit is actually 8 1/2" by 11". 
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I have an activity book (paper) but it has a plastic spiral...no good?


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Hi Cher! Regrettably, we cannot send anything plastic. As a suggestion, you could remove the plastic spiral and just send the paper. Maybe even staple the together to make a book. That would be fine. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Sending gifts through the mail.


We sponsor a child in Brazile. Where can I find the guidelines explaining what I can and cannot send to her? Thank you
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Hi Rhonda! Thank you so much for sponsoring a child with us! I merged your inquiry into this conversation. You can review the first comment that was posted by Shaina that gives a list of gift items that can and cannot be sent to your child. All items must be paper products that are less than 1/4" thick and 8 1/2" x 11" or smaller in size. I hope this helps! Please let me know if I can assist you further. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled What is allowed in packages?.

Just wondering what all is acceptable material to send I'm my letters? Do things like felt, ribbon, string and thread bracelets without beads make it thru?
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Hi Kate! As long as it is paper, and under 8 1/2" by 11" and 1/4" thick we can send it. We can also send very small amounts of thread, ribbon, or string but we cannot send felt. The list above and some of the other things sponsors have posted might give you a better idea as well.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Can I send foam paper or foam stickers?.

These are paper made of thin flexible foam in bright colors and patterns.
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Hi Amy! Regrettably, we cannot accept foam items to be sent to your child :(. I certainly apologize for this inconvenience but I have merged your inquiry into this conversation so that you might get some other ideas on types of stickers and items you can and cannot send. You might also be interested in checking out our Pinterest page which has a lot of really fun and creative ideas! :) Thank you for thinking of your child and wanting to bless them in such a special way!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I make jewelry and would like to send a PAPER bracelet to my child....is this per....

Is PAPER jewelry permitted?
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Hi Sharon! What a great idea :). I think it's really cool that you made paper jewelry! If it's paper, then it will go through to your kiddo! Our size requirements are that the item must be less than 1/4" thick and 8.5 x 11" in size or smaller. As long as it fits those guidelines, you're golden!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I want to send some paper garland that is held together with a thin piece of hemp....

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Hi Emily,
I would like to make a paper pennant banner with my child's name to send for her birthday.  I'm sure I can fold it to fit the 1/4" x 8 1/2" rule.  My question is how to hold it together.  I had read no string or ribbon but you said small amounts of string are acceptable.  Does it have to be hemp?  Can I use 1/16" wide ribbon?  Also, there is some confusion about laminating.  Some CI employees say no laminating, others say laminating is ok?  Here is a sample picture of what I'm talking about.  Thanks so much.
Robin
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Hi Robin! This is so sweet of you and I am sure that your child will cherish such a banner! We have sent banners like this in the past. The string does not have to be hemp but I would stress that whatever material you use, it needs to be a very small amount only used to hold the banner together. Ribbon may be acceptable but it needs to be a very small amount. According to our correspondence team, lamination is acceptable. I am sorry for the confusion and that you have received other answers. If you can remember who told you that laminating is not okay, please email me at socialmedia@compassion.com. I would like to provide some more training to those employees who are giving a different answer to make sure we are all on the same page.
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Hi Susan,
I did send you that email.
Thank you so much!
Robin
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled What can/can't you send to your sponsored child?.

What can/can't you send to your sponsored child? I sent balloons to Yazuri, but that was not allowed.
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Items need to be paper and less than 1/4-inch thick. They also cannot be bigger than 8.5×11 inches.
Stickers, paper bookmarks, mazes, postcards, pictures, books and puzzles that meet the size requirements can all go through. I believe books need to be paperback and the cover may be removed to make it appear less valuable so it won't be stolen along the way.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Clarification on what to send?.

I read the page on what I can send my sponser children but there are two things I wanted to send that I'm not sure about. Felt pieces for crafting and thin magnets for dressing dolls. Both are super thin but since they aren't paper I wanted to make sure before I sent them. Thank you and God bless.
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sorry Emily, you can not send that cute little doll. but wow that would be cute! only paper please!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Sending Stuffed Animals.

I have a Bennie baby that I would like to send to our sponsor child and I see there a size limits. I was wondering can I use a vacuum sealer to reduce my gift to the sizes allowed? If so would you send this gift to her? 

Thank you 
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Jeremy, I merged your inquiry into this conversation so that you could refer back to it when sending items to your child. Although sending a beanie baby would be such a kind and thoughtful gift, we're not able to send stuffed animals to your child for a couple of reasons. We want to be good stewards of the funds we receive from our sponsors and we also want to be able to ensure that your items get all the way into your child's hands. Regrettably, shipping and duty costs would most likely exceed the value of the stuffed animal. There is also a risk of theft or loss as it goes through customs :(. Although we're not able to send items like this, you're always welcome to send a monetary gift to your child and I hope you can find some good ideas in this forum! I would also encourage you to check out our Pinterest page for other fun ideas that sponsor's have shared! 
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Can we put pages in the plastic page protectors to send stuff to our kids? So they are more likely to hold up overtime?

Thank you
Audrey
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You sure can, Audrey! :) You can also laminate pages if you would like.
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Thank you! It's so weird, I did not get an email that you had replied! I d9 have a laminator, I'm just not sure how I want to "package" my potential new item to send my kids...

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