Can I drop off a gift for my child at the country office in their country?

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My friend is doing the World Race and she will be in the Philippines for 3 months, and i wanted to send her a package to send my sponsored child. I know that in order for this to happen, i need her to drop it off at the country office in the Philippines. Where is the country office located? Just so that it is easier for her to locate it, and she can drop it off for me? Thank you! I'm really excited for this opportunity!
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Hey Kimmy! That works out perfectly huh?! Email us at ciinfo@us.ci.org and we can get you the country office's address so your friend can drop off a gift for your child.
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Thank you! It does work out for me. And once i found out, I was really excited. :) I am confused though. I don't know the exact dates of when she will be in the city, and she doesn't want to see him, I just want her to give a package to the office.

Like, allot of questions, I dont know the answers to.

Arrival and departure dates
• Preferred weekday visit date (dont know)
• Lodging information (hotel name, street address, city and phone) (doesnt apply)
• Number of adult and minor (under age 18) companions joining the visit (doesnt apply
• Reason for travel, such as a mission trip, visiting friends, vacation, etc. (doesnt apply)

Im just really confused becuase none of the critera fits my situation.
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I looked at the application, and I can't answer 90% of the questions. Its asking about where she will be staying, and she doesnt know, and she wont know till she gets there. And it will change each day she is there. Its asking when I would like to visit my sponsored child, but I don't want to visit him? ANd I can't put the dates, as it wont make sense. Its just whenever she is in the area she will drop it off. Its really confusing me, since its asking for information that doesnt pertain to me or my situation. And its not like I can just skim over the questions, they are required. So I cant fill it out, as I dont need those questions.
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Sorry for the confusion! You only need to email us at ciinfo@us.ci.org to get the country office information.
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Thats ok. I was just thinking "This is allot of work for a an address! Especially when I'm not needing most of the information!" :) It just seemed like a lot of unnecessary work. :) But, I am glad its much, much easier than that. :) I'll stop pulling my hair out now. Thank you. :)
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I got it. :) Thank you.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Gifts for children, families & Center during our visit.


We are going to visit our 4 children in Nicaragua soon, and would like to take some gifts for them, their families and their centers. What are some things that they could use, that wouldn't be too difficult/heavy to carry?
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Hi Ann Marie! That is so exciting! I hope you have a great trip! I normally recommend bringing a backpack or Ziploc bag to help carry the things for your sponsored child. When I was on a sponsor tour, another sponsor sweetly brought a whole suitcase full of stuff for her sponsored child. The only problem was that there was so much stuff that he had trouble carrying it all home on the bus with him. Backpacks make for easy transport and most kids can reuse them. You can find some ideas of things to bring here. I'd like to echo what Stephanie said and say that practical things like tooth brushes, soap, clothing, etc. are great to bring for the kids. 
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What about for the children's families & the Compassion Centers?

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I'd say for the families, practical home items like soap or cooking supplies are appreciated. I saw one sponsor bring a frying pan for his sponsored child's mom. One of the most meaningful things you could bring is a photo album. Before the trip,  fill it with some photos of you and your family, and then when you get home, send photos of your visit with your child. 

For going to the Compassion centers, I recommend bringing bubbles, soccer balls, or other fun gifts or games that don't need translation. It's nice to have things like this to help you to play with and connect with kids at the centers during your visit and maybe to leave with them for ongoing fun! 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Care Packages While in Child's Country....


I'll be in Honduras in the winter, but only for a day. I won't have time in my schedule to try and meet with the child I spondor there as I won't be in the same region or anything and am so pressed for time, but I was wondering if there's any way to send a care package or something to the center while I'm there and sending mail within the same country. I've heard that it's fine to send packages along with others going on the visitation trips so I thought maybe this would be a possibility.

Thanks!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Gifts for sponsor child.

A wonderful fellow sponsor is going to be visiting Honduras and offered to take a small gift to our Karla. I was wondering if there were any stipulations on what we could send. I was thinking a small bible in Spanish. I was also wondering if this Bible needed to be a certain version. Any suggestions on what to send is appreciated :-) Thanks for all you do!
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Hi Melissa! I am so excited for you and that was so kind of the sponsor to offer to take her a gift while on her visit! A Spanish bible is a great idea and you would be fine to even pick your favorite version! :) I wanted to merge your inquiry into this conversation because there are some great ideas in the above posts that might help you out. You can also find other ideas here. I pray that this helps you and I know that Karla will be so blessed knowing you thought of her! Happy idea shopping! :)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled We are visiting the Domician Republic. Is it possible to mail a birthday gift via....

My wife and I are visiting the Domician Republic at the end of the month. Is it possible to mail a birthday gift, such as a doll or other toy, to our sponsered child via a church or local office while we are in the country ?
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Hi Hal! How fun that you'll be in the Dominican! Are you visiting for vacation or celebrating a special occasion? You're certainly welcome to mail a gift while you're in country! Regrettably, I couldn't locate your account using your name and email address. Please email us at socialmedia@compassion.com with your child's reference number or your sponsor number and we'll send you instructions on where to drop off/mail your gift while in the Dominican Republic. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and wanting to bless your kiddo this way!
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If bringing gifts directly to the Compassion centers overseas is acceptable, then what about gift shipments? Is shipping gifts from USA directly to the Compassion centers overseas acceptable if paid by sponsors?
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Hi Newsponsor!

I totally understand your desire to send a gift to your sponsored child through our USA office and it's so kind of you to offer to pay the shipping and fees. Regrettably, you are unable to do this. :( I know that may seem frustrating, but I promise that we do have a reason for the policy. We ask that you send monetary gifts because we do not pay any customs fees for it and the child and family can choose what they need. Shipping rates are extremely high to send a small gift, often running close to $200 for a small package. Yes, you could send your child a doll, but it would cost almost 10 times more than the purchase price to ship it to them. Also, It can be very difficult to pick out a culturally relevant and appropriate gift for your child.     

Another thing to consider is logistics for our field office. They would have to process all of the gifts shipped to their office and coordinate pickup with each project. Some projects are close to the field office, but some have to be reached by plane or bike. We feel it is more valuable for the child to receive a monetary gift. They are able to choose what they need and it helps to stimulate the local economy. When sponsors visit a country and drop off gifts, it's much less frequent than if we were to open up the opportunity for all sponsors to send packages thhrough our USA office to their children.

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I didn't mean to send a gift to USA Compassion office. I meant sending a gift directly to field office in India. For example, nice paperback educational kids books in Hindi could be ordered on http://www.amazon.in/ to ship directly to the Compassion office in India. The online books are cheap and appropriate for age based on Amazon description. Of course, somebody in the field office would need to check if they are appropriate based on culture and religion.
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Newsponsor, all items that go to your child must first pass through our Colorado Springs office. The exception is if it's a package hand delivered to the field in which the staff can easily let us know that this was delivered as, it doesn't happen as often, and we can record it in our system. If we allowed this for one sponsor, we would need to open it up to all sponsors and set guidelines for acceptable items, sizes, materials that would be prohibited and our field offices are not equiped to handle all of our sponsors sending packages directly to their offices. These offices are much smaller in size as well as staffing. Our USA office must account for each and every donation a sponsor gives for our own accountability to the IRS as well.

I'm sorry for the inconvenience this might be as it's definitely fun to pick out gifts and want to bless your child so tangibly. But I want to encourage you that sending monetary gifts is such a blessing to these children as it can ensure they're able to purchase their greatest need at that time and what will benefit them the most, along with teaching them how to purchase items wisely as well as gift stewardship and opening conversation for budgeting! :)