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I’m curious. I sent my “child” a belated birthday present. He has not acknowledged it yet. How and when will I know that he received it? In addition, my first letter from him was not written by him and had the birthdate of obviously a woman that was born in 1978. My husband and I would like confirmation that all is well over there at Compassion International. Thank you.
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Hi Jamie, I'm another sponsor like you. Someone from Compassion will be able to help after the weekend.
How long ago did you send this gift? Compassion allows six months for the thank you letter to reach a sponsor after they've sent the gift.
This is to ensure enough time for the wire transfer of funds to the country office, which happens once a month. Then the money has to be sent to the project your child attends. A meeting has to be scheduled with the family to determine how best to use the funds before a staff member goes out shopping for the item (s)
Then a thank you will be written and sent on for translation. This whole process can take 6 months from start to finish. If you go over that six month mark, Compassion will do an inquiry for you.
In all my years with Compassion and all my sponsored children I can count the inquiries I've had to do on one hand.
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Hi Jamie! I am so sorry for the confusion! I am not sure if you are looking at the date on the letter. It is as follows: 

I could see how you might see 78 as the year because of the tail on that number 1. However, they are just saying that the date the letter was written was March 2, 2018. 

It also looks like you sent the birthday gift earlier this month in March. As Kristen mentioned, you can expect the thank you letter for this gift sometime before September 2018. Thank you so much for blessing your child in such a tangible way! God bless you! 
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In many countries the tail on the 1 is much more pronounced then here, so it's almost a letter A without the middle line :)  Just a random fact haha. 

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