how can I send non-cash gifts?

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Lyndsey

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Debbie Skacel Tovar

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Not clear by 'non-cash gifts' if you mean paying by a credit card (which can be done either by going on your account on the website, and selecting the pull-down amount for a child), or if you mean sending an actual gift, which cannot be done through Compassion.  Compassion feels it is better to have the children (with an adult) go and buy a gift as money goes further that way--you wouldn't believe what they can buy for $15 or $20 in most countries, and it saves the problem of postage, and postal problems in other countries. The only way you can get an actual gift to a child is if you know a sponsor going to one of the countries that is willing to take gifts along, but those opportunities are very rare.
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Lyndsey

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yes, I meant an actual gift. Thanks anyway
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Sarah, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi Lyndsey! Due to customs regulations, we are not able to send physical gifts to our children though the mail. Like Debbie mentioned, you are able to send monetary gifts to your child and the family that will not only benefit them personally but stimulate their local economy as well! Once a monetary gift arrives at the project, a project worker will sit down with the child and family to help them use the money wisely.
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From what I've read (probably on the Facebook page, which I understand a Compassion employee has to give you access to), some sponsors are able to connect with another sponsor who is going to a particular child's center and they are able to send a gift along that way, if the sponsor who is traveling there is willing to take it to the child for them.
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Benjamin Damato

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if this is the case, I'd like to hear more about how to do this
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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Actually, all you need to do is give the gift (with sponsor and Child ID on it) to someone who is going to the same country who is willing to carry it. The visiting sponsor can pass the gift on to a Compassion employee in country who will make sure it gets to the right child.
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Sarah, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Benjamin, are you requesting to be added to the Facebook group for correspondents and sponsors? If so, I can do so for you today.
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Benjamin Damato

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No, I was more curious how I could, as a sponsor, send non-money gifts.
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Benjamin! We would be happy to add you to the correspondent Facebook page that may lead you to another sponsor who may be willing to take a gift to your child. Just let us know if you are interested in this. However, you are always welcome to give a monetary gift where the church will assist the family in purchasing gifts that are wise, and the largest priority for them.  

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