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We gave to our 3 sponsored children and their families for birthdays and Christmas last year (and this year.) I just read the family sends a photo and note on what they bought wth the money. I don't believe I ever received this. Is there a way to look on my online account or another way to see what was bought? This is a really cool concept that I didn't know happened. Trying to distract myself while waiting from a letter from one of our children we sponsor in Mexico, praying she is okay from the Earthquakes.
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Haley

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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi Haley! We send photos for gifts of $60 or more. Regrettably, it looks like none of your gifts were this amount. That said, you should have received the thank you letters for the gifts that were sent six months ago or older. I have sent inquiries to make sure these gifts were received and to request thank you letters as soon as possible. We will notify you just as soon as we hear back within approximately forty-five days. Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention!

Also, I wanted to let you know that I just looked up the most recent update from our field office in Mexico as of September 26 and your child was not affected by the earthquake. Hopefully, that will help to put your mind at ease. 
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Haley

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Wow thank you for the information! That does put my mind at ease!
Thanks for the info, that gives our family even more incentive to save for gifts. Just to feel a little more a part of their lives. We were new to compassion last year and we're not sure on the amount to give. I read on this site an appropriate amount may be looking at the monthly salary in the child's region. Is this true? Or any other tips on giving?
I just found this site and love reading and learning more about compassion. What a wonderful organization. Thanks again for the info, I feel so blessed to have found this amazing resource for information. Have a great day!
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Haley, we are absolutely honored and so grateful for your partnership. I also really appreciate your sensitivity in sending a gift amount that will truly bless the family. You are welcome to send anywhere between $10 and $100 to your child and $25 and $1000 to your child's family. That said, I do typically look at the average monthly family income in the child's area to help gauge what would be a good amount. For example, if the average monthly income is only $30 USD, it may be a good idea to avoid sending more than $90 at a time because that would be three times the monthly income for the whole family. 
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The information about th average income in the community is like 10 years ago. I have asked my local friends and they said it's atleast double or triple the amount now. Will Compassion update this information sometime?

Another question is if it is a good idea to avoid sending 3 times the monthly income then the family gift ranging from $25-$1000 seems very high. Would there be jealously or would a child be in a risk if the gift amount was given over $500?
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Jenny, may I ask which country and area specifically you heard the average family income was incorrect for? What we list is different depending on the specific student center community. We review this information on an annual basis. If you know someone who lives in the same community, and you believe a particular center's information is incorrect, please let us know. 

I always recommend that a supporter avoid sending the full $1000 at one time for the very reason that you mentioned. I have even seen thank you letters take longer because the family was struggling to decide what to do with $1000 because it was more than they had ever seen all at once. Please also keep in mind that the $1000 limit is an annual limit. I would suggest sending smaller gifts of a couple hundred dollars or $500 at a time spread out across the year. 

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