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HelloI would like to know if theres any way i can personally send a gift that i choose to send, instead of giving money and have them buy a gift?
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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If you travel to the child's country, you can send a physical gift to Compassion to giveto them (though evidently the in-country postal countries do not always work very well).  Or hand deliver it to the Compassion office if you are going to be in the same city. If you know someone going on a trip to the country, and they are willing, they can take a physical gift with them to your child. Other than that, the only physical items that can be mailed to the child are flat, made out of paper -- bookmarks, musical cards, stickers, pop up cards.
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Hi Amy! Sarah is correct :). Regrettably, we are not able to send packages to your child. This is for a couple of reasons. 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. Sadly, there is also 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. 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. 

There are other fun ways to bless your kiddo too! As Sarah said, along with a personal letter, you can send: stickers, bookmarks, musical greeting cards, and pop-up 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”. If you have any further questions about our letter writing guidelines, please let us know. Thank you so much for blessing Walter! Have a blessed day!

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