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 Are we allowed to send toys and stuff?.

 Hi, I was wondering if we were allowed to send stuff like baby-dolls, shoes, stuffed toys etc. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled What type of gift can I send to my child other than monetary, say as a birthday p....

Just wondering if OK to send a puzzle or paper doll or something that can be shipped flat and light, but gives her something to open. She turns four in August.
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I have a couple of questions regarding what I can send to my sponsored child.   I understand that we can send stickers, do we have to take them out of the plastic wrap that they come in, or can we send the package of stickers in the wrap?  Additionally, I understand that we can send card games, as long as we send them a few cards at a time so as to not exceed 1/4 inches.  Do we have to write our child's name/# on each card, or can we put them in a ziplock bag (like the puzzles) and put the name/# on that? Thanks!
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Hi, Stephanie! Just another sponsor here but I can tell you that I do take my stickers out of the plastic wrap (I don't necessarily know if I *have* to). I staple any pages together and write the child's information on the back. As for cards, no, you don't have to write the info on each card. A small labeled bag should be fine like with a puzzle.
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Thank you!
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Hi Stefanie and Lindsay! No, you do not have to remove the stickers from the plastic wrap. I usually do just because I get large packages of stickers and like to split them up into multiple mailings or among multiple children. Please write your child's name and number on each individual item. This means if you leave it in the plastic wrap or put it in a Ziploc, attach it to the plastic wrap or baggie. If you are sending stickers loose, please write the name and number on the back of each sheet of stickers. This way, should an item get separated, we always know which child that item was intended for. Thanks so much for sending fun stickers to your child! They will love them! :)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Metal items?.

I have a little bible bookmark that I'd love to send to my older sponsor child! It is metal but it's quite thin and not much bigger than maybe a few staples, it's quite small! Will that go through the mail play or not? Just thought I'd ask because I know staples go through and was just wondering.
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Hi Lindsee! I'm having a hard time picturing what this bookmark might look like but generally, if the entire bookmark itself is made up of metal, then we won't be able to send this through and I'd suggest not sending it. Metal will set off the detectors in customs and hold up the rest of the letters that we send and so we have to be really careful about the amounts of metal we send :(. Now if the bookmark is made of another paper material but you mean that it has a few thin stables in it holding it together, that's fine and we can get it through. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled When sending a small gift package, is it possible to send....

When sending a small gift package, is it possible to send a pad of sticky notes? I am also wondering about a stack of blank notecards with matching envelopes. My biggest question is this: must the total items be 1/4 inch thickness, or is that per individual item? For example, if I send a stack of coloring pages that equal 1/4 inch thickness, does that mean I can't insert a few sheets of stickers, or band-aids? Speaking of band-aids, should they be individually taped to a sheet of paper, or can I paperclip several together? If notecards are permissible, the same question applies...can they be paperclipped into a 1/4 inch stack?
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Yolanda, Adam's response was so helpful and he provided great tips and information for you that I hope you find insightful! Just to clarify, you're welcome to paperclip items together as long as it's not multiple paperclips as we don't want them to set off the metal detectors and hold up the rest of the letters :). However, just as a note, our correspondence department does prefer if you staple items over using paperclips! I have merged your inquiry into this conversation so that you can read through other comments and ideas sponsors have posted about sending letters and how to package your items. Happy writing! 
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Thanks for your help, Adam and Emily.  That really clarifies things for me...and now I have a stack of little gifts ready to mail out!  
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Are there any countries and are more strict than others regarding in-bound custom....

Sending packages.
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Hi Jeff! Although I don't have a list of all items that are not accepted in each of our countries, there are some that are more strict than others. For example, Pokémon cards are considered to be inappropriate for the children in these countries:Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Mexico, Philippines, Rwanda, Uganda. We have general guidelines on our website that list acceptable items you can send to your child that we know are received in all of our countries. If a sponsor every tries to send an item to a child that we're not able to mail, we will contact them to let them know. 
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A great way to brighten your child’s day is to send a special gift with your next letter. Your gift will remind your child how much you care! When sending a gift with a letter, please remember to put your sponsor number and your sponsored child’s number on the items to make sure that your child receives your gift.

Because of strict mailing and customs regulations in many of the countries we serve, we limit gifts to 8-1/2" x 11" and 1/4" thick. Unfortunately, we can’t accept packages.Here’s a list of fun gifts that you can send:
  • Photos and or postcards
  • Stickers
  • Greeting cards (even musical greeting cards)
  • Bookmarks
  • Blank stationery pieces and construction paper
  • Coloring books and coloring pages
  • Band-Aids
  • Sports or flash cards

If you send a gift that we can’t deliver, we’ll contact you. To prevent this from happening, please remember that we aren’t able to deliver these items:
  • Balloons
  • Balls
  • Books and booklets
  • Candy
  • CDs/DVDs
  • Ceramics or glass
  • Clothes
  • Cloth items
  • Crocheted bookmarks
  • Elastic hair bands
  • Foam crafts
  • Food
  • Foreign currency
  • Gum
  • Halloween items (inappropriate in many countries)
  • Jewelry, including friendship or plastic bracelets
  • Large items
  • Magnets
  • Ornaments
  • Perishable items
  • Plastic items
  • Plastic rulers
  • Plastic mesh crafts woven with ribbon or yarn
  • Puzzles
  • Ribbons
  • Seeds
  • Small pieces of cloth
  • Silly Bandz (fun shaped rubber bands)
  • Stencils
  • Tassels
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Toys
By sending items on the approved list, you can help ensure that your child receives your special gift!

Your gift, along with your letter, will remind your child of God’s love — and your love too. Thanks for making an incredible difference as a sponsor!
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I'm so confused.  We fill up shoe boxes and send those every year with our school.  This year we have a child we are sponsoring and while writing letters today we decided we wanted to send a care package like those shoe boxes.  However, as described above, it appears we cannot.  Please help.
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Hi, Deborah. Regrettably, Compassion is unable to send anything through the mail unless it follows the guidelines Susan mentioned above. We limit gifts to paper products that are no larger than 8-1/2" x 11" and 1/4" thick, primarily because of high custom costs. 

Although you cannot send care packages through the mail, you can send monetary gifts to your child and the child's family. They are a wonderful way to bless the kids in a tangible way. Child gifts (including birthday) can be given between $10-100 up to two times a year. You may send a family gift of $25- $1,000 each year. The local Compassion staff will meet with the child and family when the gift is delivered to help them decide how to use the money wisely. Children and their families have used gifts to purchase things like shoes, clothes, toys, a supply of food. I've even seen a few families purchase their first bed!

 It sounds like your school participates in Operation Christmas Child, which an a wonderful program to be involved with! 
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Can I put foam stickers on the letter to my sponsored child?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How do I send a physical gift to Juliette?.

I would like to send her a bracelet and a doll but not sure which address to use.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Can I use a cushioned 8.5 x 11 mailer?.

Paper shelled envelope with bubble lining.
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Hi Tammy! Yes, you're welcome to mail your items in a bubbled envelope because we remove your items and re package it when it gets to us :). Feel free to place it in there if you want to ensure they're protected while being mailed to our office. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Can you send notepads?.

I want to send my child a notepad for drawing on. Can you do that?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Can I Send My Child A Doll?.

Can I send my child a doll? Her letter says she would like a doll, some clothes, and a sheep. I asked her what she would like if I could send her something.
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You can't send a "normal" doll, but you can send a paper doll!  I sent my girls one of those with the folding tabs so they could change the outfit up.  I put all the outfits in one labelled envelope and it got through to her :) She loved it!
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Hi Rhonda!

Thank you so much for wanting to bless Abiba with a doll. Regrettably, we are only able to send paper products that are under 8 1/2" by 11" and 1/4" thick through the mail to our children. Although you cannot send a physical doll, Teresa's idea is a great one! I've seen the paper doll items she sends to her girl and they are incredible! 

You can also send Abiba a monetary gift designated as a child or birthday gift between $10- $100 and suggest that she uses it for a doll. There is no guarantee that she will use it for one, as there may be a more pressing need, but gifts are a great way to be a blessing to our kids in a tangible way! Her birthday is coming up in January, so now would be a great time to send her a gift!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Can I send post or parcels direct to a family in Ethiopia by normal world post ?.
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Hi Roger! Thank you so much for wanting to bless a family in Ethiopia with a special package. Regrettably, sponsors are not able to send mail directly to the children and their families. All correspondence and gifts go directly through Compassion in order to protect both sponsors and the children. 

Because of strict mailing and customs regulations in many of the countries we serve, we limit gifts to paper products that are 8-1/2" x 11" and 1/4" thick. Unfortunately, we can’t accept packages. Here’s a list of fun gifts that you can send, which would be a great encouragement for them to receive:
  • Photos and or postcards
  • Stickers
  • Greeting cards (even musical greeting cards)
  • Bookmarks
  • Blank stationery pieces and construction paper
  • Coloring books and coloring pages
  • Band-Aids
  • Sports or flash cards
If you send a gift that we can’t deliver, we’ll contact you. I highly encourage you to send your sponsored child letters as often as you can. They are such an encouragement to the child and remind him or her of God's love for them- and of your love too!  
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Christmas.

Are we allowed to send Christmas cards to our child? If so, can we include a small gift such as stickers or bookmarks?
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Sarah, it's never too late to send a Christmas greeting to your kiddo! They'll be thrilled to hear from you and this will make them feel so special! You received great and insightful responses from others in your original post which I hope helped you out! But I wanted to merge your inquiry into this conversation to give you an idea of what others have sent and also so that you can easily view our letter guidelines that are posted on the first page. Happy writing! :) 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How does Compassion send the letter packages?.

So I was wondering, I am packing 2 large mailing envelopes that fit the guidelines for my 2 girls. I have put the pictures, and letters in their own small opened envelopes, and then the coloring pages, stickers etc I just put in the envelope. Is this ok? All pictures, envelopes, letters, and sticker pages are labelled with the child name, number, and sponsor #. Will Compassion keep all of this together or do I need to put it in a folder that Compassion can just re-package?
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Hi Audrey! Yes, this sounds fabulous! Thank you so much for blessing your kiddos with such thoughtful letter gifts! :) We will open the envelopes to make sure all of the contents can be sent but will keep them in the inner envelopes. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Specific item not listed.

Can I send a picture of Jesus holding a child in a small wooden frame( no glass) that is three quarters of an inch or less, to my sponsored child
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Stained glass.

Can I send finished art projects to my sponsored child that include card stock, tissue paper, and contact paper. They are birds, butterflies, and a nativity scene. They have a stained glass effect to them.
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Pamela, that picture is beautiful and it should go through just fine because it's make from all paper products. Thanks for being so creative and artsy with the items you send to your child! Have you thought about becoming a member of our Second Friday Letter Writing Club on Pinterest
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Can i send crayons to my child.

If i send my child a coloring book can i send them crayons with it.
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Hi Ellyce! Although we cannot send crayons through with your coloring pages like Debbie had mentioned, please rest assured that the center has supplies that your kiddo can use to color with! :) What a treat that will be as these children love to color and draw! Thank you so much for thinking of your kiddo and sending such a fun gift!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Sending Crayons along with coloring books & coloring pages.

If I were to send my sponsorship child a couple coloring book pages, can I also supply a few Crayons or Colored pencils? Or will they have access to these such things? My sponsorship child is 6 years old and I thought it would be fun to send him a few coloring pages along with my letters.
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Hi Kendra! We aren't able to send along crayons or colored pencils, but you're welcome to send your coloring pages! All items you send must be made of paper. Those crayons wouldn't go through customs but on their way to your child, they also might melt in the humidity and heat of some of our countries as it's traveling! They will have coloring utensils that your boy will be able to color your fun pictures you send to him, while he's at the center. Thanks for being so thoughtful! 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Stickers with rhinestones?.

The stickers I would like to send have raised rhinestones on them. Is this ok?
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Hi g.e.taylor66! All items that you send through the mail to your child must be made of paper material. Regrettably, because rhinestones are not flat and not made of paper, we cannot send them. I'm sorry for the inconvenience! Stickers are such a great idea! Just make sure they're paper and flat and we'll be able to get them to your kiddo :). Thanks for checking before you mailed them!

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