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I was wondering if it is possible to send items to your child (I had bought a small notebook and some pens for my child for Christmas) for their birthday, Christmas, etc. Also, please tell me where to send it if it's possible. Thanks!
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Hello Kyra! Thank you so much for your generous heart towards your child :). Regrettably, we are not able to send items like small notebooks and pens to the children in our program. Everything we send to our country offices is declared at a customs as a document. If custom officials find anything in a box of letters that isn't a document, we are assessed a hefty fine and the box will be held for weeks, possibly months. On top of that, there is a high incidence of theft when sending packages to the developing world, and shipping items overseas can be quite costly.Instead, we encourage you to send a monetary gift for occasions like birthdays and Christmas. The child and family, with the assistance of church staff, will purchase what they need most. This also benefits the local economy of your sponsored child by supporting local businesses.

Along with a personal letter, you can send: stickers, bookmarks and musical greeting cards. These items will be physically delivered to your child. You can also send: letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards, coloring pages and paper crafts. However, your child will not receive the original items. The items will be scanned and sent electronically. The total number of items (including stationery and the letter to your child) should not be more than six sheets, and each flat paper gift item should not be larger than 8.5” x 11”. Items sent without a personal letter will not be delivered to your sponsored child.

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