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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Because of strict mailing and customs regulations in the various countries where Compassion works, we cannot send our field offices items that exceed 8-1/2" x 11" and 1/4" thick.

Items that can be sent:
Band-Aids
Baseball and football cards (some contain gum, please don’t send gum)
Bookmarks (paper only)
Calendars (smaller than 8-1/2" x 11")
Construction paper
Greeting cards (musical cards are acceptable)
Laminated flowers and leaves
Magazines pages only
Origami
Pages from coloring books
Pages from watercolor paint books (may not send paint brushes)
Paper dolls
Photos of you and your family
Photo albums (if they are within size limitations and there is no metal)
Postcards
Scrapbook paper
Scripture cards
Small posters within size guidelines
Stamps (not intended for return postage)
Stickers (may not send stickers containing liquid)

Regrettably, we are unable to send the following:
Balloons
Books and booklets
CD's/DVD's
Ceramics or glass
Cloth items
Elastic hair bands
Foam crafts
Larger items (soccer balls, clothes)
Metal (including jewelry, ornaments and magnets)
Perishable items (gum, candy, flower seeds)
Plastic
Plastic rulers
Ribbons
Stencils
Tassels
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I'm a bit confused. Can I send as many items as I want at one time so long as each item meets the size guidelines or must all the items fit into one manila envelope and still be only 1/4" thick? Also, should my child's info be on each item or just the envelope? TIA!
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Hi DisneyWorld! I'm so sorry for the confusion, but I can definitely clear things up for you :).

The items you send, whether one or multiple, must be less than 1/4" thick when you place them in the envelope. So for example, if your items exceed 1/4" together, I would suggest sending them in separate envelopes. Please write your child's ID number as well as your sponsor number on every item that you send. The reason we ask this is because when your letter/gifts reach our office, we take them out of the envelope you mailed them to us in, and we re package them. We want to ensure each sticker, picture, and paper snowflake that you send, gets to your child. If any items are separated, we will still know what child they belong to if the ID number is on the item. 
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Thanks a bunch!
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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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