Early birthday distribution

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My child's birthday is in September but I received a letter in early August showing he got birthday presents. Why were they given a month or so early?
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David Patton

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KristenH, Champion

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When you send the funds for a birthday gift it takes 2 to 3 months to get to the child. The child would then decide (with the help of staff) how to best spend the gift. They do not wait until the child's birthdate, but rather help the child use the gift when it's received...so if you want to make sure the child gets the money closer to his/her birthday I would suggest sending it only 2-3 months ahead of time! Either way, I'm sure your child is extremely grateful for your generosity!
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Denise Bailey

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I think one year I sent birthday gifts early to make sure I didn't forget and I think a couple of my kids got them early, too.  But for me that is okay because I am more often late with things like that so I didn't mind.  I think birthdays in some countries aren't celebrated the way we do them in the west and they are excited that you sent the money to them for their birthday and want to let you know they got it and are grateful!  Someone who works for Compassion will I am sure explain things better on Monday.  

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Emily

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Hi David! Thank you SO much for blessing your child with a birthday gift! I am glad to hear he received it but I am sorry for any confusion it caused you regarding him receiving it before his birthday. Just like Kristen mentioned; gifts are sent to your child as soon as we receive it from you and it takes 2-3 months to reach your child. If you sent your gift in March, this would be why you're receiving a thank you letter in August for the birthday gift you sent. Regrettably, I couldn't find your account under your name or email address. If you post your child's reference number on here, I will look up your account and be happy to check and see if this is what happened. :) You can also email us at ciinfo@us.ci.org or call our office at (800) 336-7676 and our representatives would be happy to help you! 

I want to encourage you that he still would have been told that the gift he received was for his birthday. Traditionally, birthday's are not celebrated in many countries we work in. Your child may know it's his birthday but not think there is anything special about that day. Because of this, your gift would have been such a fun surprise and blessing no matter what time of year he received it as it may be the first time he has received a gift or a card! 
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