Does my sponsor receive my actual letter?

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Hello, I just began sponsoring a little girl who will be 3 soon in April. Due to her age I would love to make my stationary out of construction paper and make her letters more appealing to the eye, will she receive the letter I write if I take the time to make it extra special?
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She will not receive the actual piece of construction paper, no, but she will receive a high quality coloured scan of it, the scans are really beautiful.  So it`s not like she`s just getting a typed up version of it on plain paper either.  If you decide to use colourful paper or decorate her letter with drawings or something she`ll still see that, just make sure it`s flat (no pop-ups or it can`t get through the scanners). 
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Also, congrats on your new sponsorship!!!!  (and I should point out that I`m not staff, but staff aren`t around on weekends which is why I answered ahead of time for you ;) )
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Thank you so much, I want her letters to be personalized and that helped a lot.
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You're welcome!  I'm sure she's going to love your letters!  After all, what "almost 3" year old doesn't love mail?! 
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One more question since you seem to know all the details! What exactly is entailed for corespondent children? I would love the idea of giving Jany a compassion sibling and I would love to connect with another child. I just am unsure of how it works and where I find my child. 
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:) You don't really "find" a correspondent child as you can't choose them.  They are children who are already sponsored by companies or people who can't/don't want to write.  Some people want to give financially but just aren't writers, so they ask Compassion to find another person to write to their child for them.  If you'd like to volunteer to do that, just email Compassion and ask and they'll happily assign a child for you :) The child will show up on your account and you'll get a packet for them.  At the moment there are actually more sponsors who want to write than kids needing correspondents, so there is a waiting list to get a kid, but it usually goes fast.  Suddenly a company will sponsor a hundred kids at once or something etc.  I have over 45 correspondents lol!!!  I have time to write but not a lot of finances, and I kept feeling God's tugging at my heart to bless and encourage as many kids as I can!  I added them gradually over the years though!  I used to be so impressed when I'd hear someone had 10 kids and could keep up all that writing but I guess God had bigger plans for me than I did!  I know others with over 100 though!
I'd email socialmedia@compassion.com to ask :) I get pretty quick responses from them there!

If you want to specify the child's gender, age, country you can but of course the more specific you are, the longer you might wait to receive a child to write to :)

A couple things to note before going into it:

1) You could lose the child if the financial sponsor decides to drop their financial sponsorship (You'd be given first choice to take over the finances if that happens, but if you decide not to at that time they have to make the child available for another sponsor.)  You can also lose them if the financial sponsor decides they want to write to the child after again after all.  I've been a correspondent for almost 5 years to MANY kids, I've have lost 3 in all that time, which isn't a lot considering how many I have.  (Two were dropped, one the financial sponsor started writing again.)  I know others who have lost more though.  I think the best way to go into it is knowing that God will give you a child that needs to be blessed by you for however long or short a time that is, and that your job is to make as great an impact in that time as you can.   (I have actually lost 5 correspondents, but the other 2 aged out and graduated from Compassion as they were much much older)

2) The child may think you are their sponsor, especially younger ones.  They may even thank-you for extra financial gifts that weren't from you.  I felt awkward about that at first, but I'm used to it now.  They want to thank someone and figure it was you.  I don't say "You're welcome" but I usually just say "I"m happy you were able to purchase a new goat" (I'd advice saying something a little different if the money wasn't used to buy a goat ;) )

3) Your first letter might either a) Be really slow in coming because the first letter was sent to a financial sponsor before they knew they had a correspondent instead, and you therefore miss hearing from the kid the first time around or b) arrive quickly but be addressed to the financial sponsor.  This happens when situation a) occurs but Compassion catches it partway through and reroutes the letter to you.  Don't worry about it and answer it as if it was sent to you.  It's always cleared up by letter #2 and don't forget that your child doesn't know who "Bob" is anymore than they know who you are.  They don't really  care what your name is, but when they get to know you and find out you are writing to them, you are the person they'd want to know those things about them.

4) On very rare occassion, the child might ask you about their financial sponsor.  Some of the kids that are told about how the correspondent thing works think that you know the financial sponsor.  I usually tell my kids something like "I'm sorry, I do not know "Catherine". You have two sponsors. One who supports you financially and me.  I am your writing sponsor.  Your other sponsor loves you a lot and were unable to write but they wanted you to have letters anyways, so they had COmpassion ask me to write to you instead and I'm so happy to do it!".  I had one teen boy whose sponsor wrote a lot before I was assigned to him, so he was a little more confused at first, but it turned out that his financial sponsor had died and left money behind to pay for him until he graduated.  She would have been so proud of him when he did graduate (a few months ago) I'm sure, so I made sure to tell him that in my final letter too.  He was very sad about her death.

Well, that's all I could think of, but let me know if you have more questions :) I LOVE being a correspondent!  It's a very very wonderful program for sure!

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