How are Christmas Gifts handled?

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Hello! May I ask, do all the kids in a project receive the same Christmas gift? If they all receive the same gift within the project, does it vary from project to project, or is it bought at the country headquarters and sent out to the projects? Are the gifts wrapped? What are some examples of what the Christmas gifts are likely to be?

I'd really like to understand better how the Christmas presents are managed; there are lots of sponsors at my church, and NONE of them have the faintest clue how it works, even though most of us read the blog all the time! 

Thanks for all you do, your work is appreciated.
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Mellanie McCreary

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Hi Mellanie! Each child registered in Compassion's program receives a gift of equal value. Appropriate gifts for each child are purchased by the center staff. In some cases, the gifts are purchased ahead of time, wrapped, and given to the children at the special Christmas celebration. In other cases, the children are able to pick out a gift from items of the same value at the Christmas Celebration. These gifts range from shoes and clothing to soccer balls and baby dolls. To give you more of an idea of what things look like and how Christmas gifts are handled, we have a number of blog posts written by country staff about Christmas celebrations.
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I know this is an old question, but I wrote a blog post of what my kids told me they received with the Christmas Gift Fund if anyone is interested in seeing what sorts of things they get :D
http://connectedinwriting.blogspot.ca/2015/10/christmas-in-october.html
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That's a cool blog, Teresa! Thanks for sharing this. It's very interesting. I noticed that most of the gifts are for things that are more of necessities rather than toys and things like that. It really shows the need that these children have.
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Thanks Adam :) Yes, you are right.  They seem thankful to get the items.  I don't think many kids here would be thankful for a 10kg bag of rice for Christmas. 
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I have something picked out om amazon I just need to buy it but how do I get it to the compassion headquarters.
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Hi Alexia! :) Thank you so much for wanting to share God's love and bless your sponsored child with a Christmas gift! Regrettably, we are not able to send packages of gifts directly to the kids because of the very high costs associated with shipping packages internationally. The Christmas gifts that Mellanie and Susan are discussing above are purchased by the Christmas gift fund. The donations to this fund are combined with other donations and divided equally among all the children so that they all receive a gift at Christmas.

If you would like to send your child a special gift from you, however, we are able to send Christmas cards and letters and small gifts made of paper to the kids such as stickers, coloring books, and card games. These items must be no larger than 8-1/2" x 11" and 1/4" thick. You are also welcome to send your child a monetary gift so that a gift can be purchased for them for Christmas. Just log into your "My Account" and click on "Additional Giving". Please send all cards and letters with any enclosures to the following address:

Attn: Child Correspondence Dept.
Compassion International
Colorado Springs, CO 80997-0004
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ok thank you