Gifts from Site to YOUR sponsored child?

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We signed up to sponsor yesterday, and are very excited.  We discussed with the worker about sending our child gifts, or money for school/medical care.  She said that all could be done for him on the site.  However, now I am seeing that anything we purchase will go to the neediest child, not the one we selected.  I understand, but this was not what was relayed to us, and I am disappointed.  Why is there a reason we cannot send him care/etc. directly?  
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Krissy Schell Jones

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Andrea Watt

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I think you're seeing 2 different items. The gift catalog items are for the neediest child. However if you send an individual child, family, or birthday gift from your account that goes to your child.

The difference is that you send money and then the staff at the local center discusses with the child's family what their need is. Whereas the other gifts you can pick the item you want to give, then staff match that item with a family that needs that gift.

So you CAN send a gift to your child. You just don't get to do it from the gift catalog. I hope that makes sense.
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Andrea Watt

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One of my kids rebuilt their home with a family gift. I got to see the house when I visited and they were very proud of it. It's not what I would have envisioned for a child gift but I was very grateful that it had been so helpful.
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It just seemed like it goes to the neediest based on the wording.  No your sponsored child in particular.  
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Andrea Watt

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If you get something from the gift catalog it does go to the neediest. But if you go to your account on additional giving and pick birthday, child, or family gift it goes to your child.
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Krissy Schell Jones

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Ok...we are newbies, so we are learning the program.  I was not following why they would have you select a child, which was very hard, and then not be able to take care of their specific needs.  I do appreciate your help!  
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No worries! There are a lot of new things to learn. The support group is here to help. I was amazed when I visited how much I didn't know even though I had been sponsoring for years. :)
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Hi Krissy, 

Thank you so very much for choosing to sponsor with Compassion! We cannot tell you enough how much your love and encouragement will change the life of your little one! :)

Although Andrea already did such a wonderful job explaining how things work, I did want to give you a few more details. (And a huge thank you to Andrea for helping as well! :) )

As you know, the gifts provided through the Gifts of Compassion Catalog look first to provide for children and families with the greatest need. You are not able to specify that your sponsored Child's family receive a gift directly because often times the gifts that we feel would be helpful, are not what these families need or would choose for themselves. For example, if you buy chickens for a family that lives where they do not have land for these chickens, or where they have a lot of wild animals, your gift is much less beneficial than intended. What we would suggest is if you would like to give a gift of this sort to the families, you should write a letter asking what types of things would be beneficial to them. Once you have an idea of what they need, you can give a monetary gift to the family with instructions on what you would like it used for. Please note that even if you make a suggestion as to what your gift should be used for, the family does have the final say in what they need most at the time they receive the gift, and may choose to use it for something else that they feel would benefit them the most.

We are very thankful that you desire to send your child gifts and letters. We encourage you to send letters and cards as often as possible. Please know that the only physical items that are able to be sent are musical cards, bookmarks and stickers. All of these items must be 100% paper, except stickers which may include plastic as well. Anytime you send something to your child, please make sure to keep it to six pages or less (front and back). All letters, coloring pages or pictures will be scanned into an electronic document, unless otherwise noted above, and then printed in the child's country office to be delivered. 

If you would like to send your child a gift not listed above, you may do that through sending a monetary gift through Compassion. You may give two child gifts each year in the amount of $10-$100, and you may send gifts to the family of $25 to $1,000 (not to exceed $1,000 each year). The local Compassion staff will meet with the family when the gift is delivered to help them decide how the money should be spent and guide them in using the money wisely. Please be aware that Compassion will utilize 10% of your individual child-gift donation for the ministry's administration and program delivery costs of the gift. You will receive a thank you letter, approximately six months from when the gift was given, to let you know what was purchased. Also, if you happen to send a gift of $60 or more, the family will send you a picture of what was purchased! :) Again, you are welcome to also send a recommendation of what you would like your gift money used for, but if the family receives the money and decides they have a better use for the funds, we do allow them to make that decision, as this will ensure they get exactly what they need most! 

Also a fun tip for you, if you ever have any letters or cards, drawing, etc. that you would like to ensure will be sent physically instead of scanned... if you send an item that must be physically sent, such as pop up or musical card, bookmark or sticker, everything with that will also be sent physically. For example, if you send a letter on it's own, it will scanned, translated and then printed in the child's country. However, if you send a page or stickers with it, both items will be sent physically to your child. 

I hope this is helpful. Please know we are always happy to answer any questions you may have and are just so thankful for your kind heart to want to be such an engaged sponsor! 

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