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I just read the blog post (here) about delivery of letters. In the "How Can I Help the Process Go Smoothly?" section, we are advised to use Compassion stationery so letters require less manual processing. If I am responding to a young child or to a short letter, I often use the Compassion stationery. However, one issue is that it doesn't give much writing space, since the bottom third of the page isn't usable. Also, when writing to children who correspond in English, it seems silly to use the stationery and send two pages -- with the translation half blank -- when one full page is sufficient.

The online system is great.  I LOVE that we can hand-write letters and upload them as images. I would cheerfully use Compassion stationery more often if it had more space for writing.

That said, I do want to help the process to go smoothly. When I am creating my own stationery to send letters, what is most helpful? (Currently, I write the child's name and ID number at the top of each page, use the full page if writing to someone who corresponds in English, and leave the right half blank when writing to someone whose letters are translated. I have thought about including the header from the Compassion stationery on the first page, but haven't actually done that, mostly because I don't know whether it would be useful.)
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A. May

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How about you cut off the top portion of your letter that has the barcode and such on it, and paste it onto other paper? Or you could scan it and put it on your paper. They do have a barcode on it, so I am sure it goes much faster if that is used. 
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theresa angeletti

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These are both great ideas!!! Now I have to go write!!!
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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Honestly the lack of space to write is one of the reasons I rarely use Compassion stationary.
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Debi, thank you so much for your amazing heart to bless and encourage your children through letter-writing! We appreciate all of the time and energy you have invested into their lives. This ministry is truly a labor of love that leaves a lasting impact in every single life we touch! 

Thank you for taking the time to express your concerns. We are grateful for your helpful feedback as this helps us grow and improve :). We are also thankful for your desire to help Compassion process your letters easier. I’m so sorry for the limited space on the printed stationary that is sent to you in the mail, and we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. You are welcome to leave the translation blank or not when writing to your English-speaking children; however, your letters will still need to go through the translation process for quality assurance checks. If anything happens to need translating and there is no space available on the letter stationary, they will simply place the translation on a separate page to the child. A. May has provided some very helpful tips that would indeed work :). The main piece of information that you need to include on every letter is your child’s name, child’s number, and your sponsor number. We also have Compassion’s blank stationary available at www.compassion.com/multimedia/letter-writing-stationery.pdf, but this too will only have 2/3rds of the page available to writing on. Another recommendation would be to print out stationary on your online My Account by following the instructions below: 

1. Log in to My Account on www.compassion.com
2. Select Write My Child
3. Select Template and select Next
4. In the Write Letter box, enter one space. Then select Next without typing anything else.
5. Skip the Add Photos step by selecting Next
6. On the Preview step, select Print located on the top right corner of the letter. 
7. Do Not Send Letter! Instead, select My Drafts from menu and delete the blank draft you just created. 

That being said, we are happy to accept your letters on the stationary of your choosing, with or without bar codes. I hope this information was helpful! Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns.

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