Great question, Brett, and one that comes up often! We ask that you do not send Silly Bands to your sponsored child. Compassion's website offers a few suggestions and guidelines as to what you can send with your (much needed, and much appreciated) corresondence to your child:
"You may send a small gift for your sponsored child with a letter. Children love receiving gifts that are simple reminders of their sponsors' special love for them.
You can enclose small [flat, paper] items, such as postcards, greeting cards, bookmarks, stamps, pages from coloring books, appropriate photos and pictures with the letters you write.
The items cannot be larger than 8-1/2" x 11" and cannot be more than 1/4" thick. It is a good practice to label all pieces with the child's number.
Unfortunately, we are no longer able to send the following:
We receive many items outside of these guidelines in our Correspondence Department. Each time, our team members contact the sponor (usually by email or letter) to let them know that we are unable to forward their time, and often these items are returned to the sponsor. This does cost Compassion in time and labor, so the more closely sponsors follow our guidelines the more time we can spend on sending their correspondence to the child quickly!