First Letter

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I am sponsoring my first child now. After a week I got my packet with her picture, letter writing tips, and something to fill out with my information for my child. So I filled it out and will send it in the mail, along with a pack of stickers I got her. I was wondering if she will be sending a letter like the one I filled out soon? Or will that take a couple months? I also would like to write a letter online and send a couple pictures or should I will a little bit on that? haha just want to make sure I am doing this right. Not sure if anything else is coming in the mail soon?
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Krista Hoffbeck

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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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You should receive an introductory letter from your child within 4 months -- often they are already written and waiting at the project to send out as soon as they are notified the child is sponsored.  If you do not receive any letter from the child by 4 months, ask the social media ladies and they can do an inquiry for you. After that, you should not go without a letter for more than 6 months -- and if you are writing regularly can get them as often as every 2 months (but you can not inquire until 6 months).  I recommend NOT waiting to hear from the child before writing another letter, due to the length of the turnaround time.  I try to write a letter every 3 to 4 weeks so the child has a constant stream of encouragement coming their way without getting overwhelmed.  (IT also means if life gets busy, they still get letters every 6 weeks or so and are not left for long periods of time without hearing from their sponsor at all)

When I get impatient to hear from my child, I just try to think about the numbers of them that never hear from their sponsor at all and still have to write a couple times a year to someone they have to take on faith is out there.
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Kathleen walters

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I feel so sad for the children that people cancel or that don’t get letters. I love writing letters and was Luckey enough to have time to send a birthday gift. I was sooooo excited. I just love my child and think about her every day!
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Hi Krista! Thank you so much for getting started on your first letter to your child and welcome to the Compassion family! I think Sarah offered you a wonderful response to your question, but let us know if you have any further questions we can help answer for you. You are certainly welcome to write another letter to your child online with some photos! Children love getting photos, and I also know that the little introduction card doesn't allow for too long of a letter. The space in an online letter is longer than that little introduction card :). I'd also encourage you to download the Compassion app on your phone if you have an Android or iPhone. You'll be able to write directly from the app (uploading pictures as well) and see when a letter is on its way from your little girl as well. I can't wait for you to get to know your sweet girl! Happy letter writing!
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Yes, Krista you are doing this all right..........This is just how I started. I write letters on the compassion website, which is very easy.  I've also sent pictures.....Any doubts please feel
free to contact me.  Donna

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