How do I become a correspondent?

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I'd like to write a child. How do I get on the waiting list for a correspondent child?

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Kasey Hallmark

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Could I request a correspondent from Brazil and from Nicaragua? Thank you
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Sarah, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi Kasey! I have placed these requests on the list for you :).
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Elsje

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I would like to add two more girls to my correspondents! Please give me two children between the ages of 5 and 16. Countries desired are: Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Haiti.
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Hi Elsje, 

I have added these two new requests for you! :)
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Elsje

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Actually, make it three. I decided I'd like to write to all of those countries. Other specifications are the same (gender, age).
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Elsje, I have added you the list again at this time. :) 
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Elsje

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I'm so pleased to have Shnaude! I sent 6 letters your way today. Many more to come. I just want two more girls, one from Sri Lanka, one from Guatemala. I already made the request, but I wanted to be sure I don't get more than one from one place instead of one from each. :) I am happy to wait however long it takes. Ages 5-16. I love being a correspondent.
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Elsje, I have verified that there are only two requests on the list for you - a girl from Sri Lanka and a girl from Guatemala, both of them ages 5-16.
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Elsje

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That is perfect, thank you! :)
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Hilary Hopkins

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Hi, I would like to be placed on the correspondent list for 2 girls, one from Colombia and one from Brazil, and a boy from any country in South or Central America.

Also can you confirm that I still have 2 other requests on there- a girl from Bolivia and a girl from Guatemala? Also, my correspondent, Abigail, graduated the program last month. I'm guessing that her sponsor chose not to sponsor another child. In that case was I automatically added to the list for a replacement? When I got the call about her I was told that I would be put on the list for a replacement, and I wanted to confirm if that happened. Thanks so much!
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Hi Hilary! I have added your requests to the correspondent waiting list. Your requests are below: 

Country                             Gender          Age          Number
Bolivia                                 Girl             Under 10          97
Guatemala                          Girl           12 or under       103
Colombia                            Girl                Any               179
Bolivia                                 Girl               Any                180
Any South/Central Am        Boy               Any                181

When Abigail completed the program, we did offer another child for consideration to the financial supporter. Regrettably, there were some complications with this because soon after we had offered this child to the financial supporter, the child unexpectedly left the program early. Therefore, we are in the process of offering another child to them for consideration. Would you like to continue to wait to see if they choose to accept this child, or would you like us to place an additional request on the waiting list for you? 
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I'll wait and see if they accept the new child! Thank you for letting me know about the situation:).
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Hilary Hopkins

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Oh, a little Honduran girl- HO24900427- just showed up on my account :). Can you send me her sponsorship history and photos? Thanks so much!
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Yay! I am emailing you her pictures and history now :). 
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Kasey Hallmark

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Could I get put on the list for one child from Colombia please? Thank you
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Christina, Employee

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Hi Kasey! I have taken care of adding your request to the waiting list. Have a great day! 
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Elsje

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Please add an additional request for me: Colombian girl between the ages of 5 and 16. Thank you!
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Elsje, I just added this request to the list :).
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Elsje

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As my husband's health worsens, it brings me joy and keeps me occupied to continue writing letters. Please adapt my first two requests (they should already be in with slightly more restrictive ages), and I'm adding one more so I can keep plenty busy... Writing to Melannie today, and I will send it as soon as my printer is fixed.

Country                             Gender          Age             
Guatemala                          Girl           4-17  
Sri Lanka                             Girl           4-17                         
Mexico                                  Girl           4-17
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Hi Elsje! I just changed/added these requests for you :).
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I sent a request to the email address listed. I do not care about age or gender or area. God will lay it on your heart who is best to send me. How long of a process is it to get a child to write? We sponsor 2 children and will comment to more as money allow. I just hate to think there are children not receiving letters.
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Usually you get the first correspondent rather quickly. After that, requests are put on a list and they are assigned roughly in the order the requests come in as children are available that need correspondents.  Sometimes I will get a new correspondent within a week after asking to be on the list. Other times it has taken several months. Just depends on how long the list is and how many children they have being sponsored that need correspondents.
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We got your email, Amanda :). Thank you so much for your desire to bless and encourage children through letters! We appreciate your tender heart for these precious children!
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Alisa

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Good morning, could I please add 2 requests to the correspondent list? Thank you!
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Sarah, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi Alisa! I just added you to the waiting list today :).
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Rachel Crosby

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Can I get put on the list for a girl from Burkina Faso and a girl from Ghana?
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Good morning Rachel, 
I have added these two new requests for you. :)
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Rachel Crosby

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Could I also get put on the list for a boy from Burkina Faso? :)
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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Sure thing, Rachel! I just added your request to our waiting list. :)
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Elsje

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I still have requests out for girls in 2 locations, right? Sri Lanka and Mexico? I'd like to add on Uganda, too, since I know I'll be losing sweet Kavin next month (I was told from the beginning that it was a 1 year thing). Girls ages 4-17, thanks!
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Hi Elsje! Yes, you are still on the list for those two kiddos :). I just added your Uganda request this morning too.
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Thank you, Sarah!
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Hello. I'm a new sponsor. I had no idea a correspondence program existed. May I please be added to the wait list for girls of any age in Honduras, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Brazil? Blessings and many thanks.

Mary
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Hi Mary! Thank you so much for being willing to write to more kiddos! I have just added you to the waiting list for girls in these countries :). It may take some time for us to add them to your account since your requests are specific, but you should see a few start popping up on your account soon!
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Hi can I put in a request for central or south america child? 7 or older please boy or girl.
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Ashley, 
I added this new request for you! :)
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Ashley Brian

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Hi! I think I still have one request in but I got a girl named Leticia. I am wondering how many letters she has recieved and how long shes been sponsered. Thank you again!
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Hi Ashley! I see that you currently have two requests on the waiting list :). Your new sweet girl has had the same sponsor since July of 2012, and she has received 14 letters. I hope you enjoy getting to know Leticia! 
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Can you tell me what requests I have? And can I add one for an 8 to 17 year old child?
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Hi Ashley! We have you on the list for a child between 13-17 yrs old and one for a child 7 and older from Central or South America. I will get this request added to our list today.
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Hi, can I please add 2 requests to the correspondent list?

And can I also please receive the photos/history for my latest two children: Samrawit (ET080600199) and Flor (ES089200150)?

Thanks so much, have a blessed day!
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Good morning Alisa, 

I just emailed you with this information and added these two new requests to the wait list. :)
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Hilary Hopkins

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Hi, can I please add a couple more requests to the list?

I’d like to put in a request for a girl from Bolivia, age 12 or under, as well as a girl, age 12 or under from Central or South America. I think I have 3 requests on the list right now- girls from Thailand, Mexico, and Honduras- is that correct? Just checking to make sure I don’t have any other requests on the list.

Thanks so much!
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Hilary, 
You are correct! Those are the only 3 requests you have on the wait list at this time. I have added these two new requests for you as well. :)
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I already noticed two new faces on my account. I'm so excited! I've already written. Is it possible to put an additional request in for girls in Colombia, The Philippines, Mexico, and El Salvador?
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Good morning Mary, 

Congratulations on your two new kiddos! We are so thrilled to know how much love and encouragement they will receive from you! :) I have added your new requests to the list for you as well. :)
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Hi! One of my correspondent children just left the program. May I be put on the list for 1 child from South America and 2 from Burkina Faso?

PS Stephanye is an awesome girl and has an amazing future ahead of her. She's turning 18 in February and is planning on going to university and to going into the health care field. She also has an internship going on. I kind of understand why she left the program, but will miss her dearly (This is the first child I've had leave the program). She made the last three years so much better.
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Hi Rachel! Thank you so much for the love and support you've given Stephanye over the past three years. :) She was surely blessed to have you writing to her! I have added you to the list for three more correspondent children - 1 from South America, and 2 from Burkina Faso!
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hi i would request for sponsorship our community project has several orphan and vulnerable children whom 90% can;t access healthy food and education 
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shelter arise

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my name is ephraim kevogo from kenya
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Shelter, please email us at socialmedia@compassion.com to discuss sponsorship.
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Rachel Crosby

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Just got little Hassamadou from Burkina :)
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Linda

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I would like a correspondent child---a boy age 15 or older from Africa. Thank you.
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Hi Linda! I just added you to the waiting list today :).
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Linda

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Thanks so much.  Can you tell me where I am on the list?
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Hi Linda, 

Looks like you were able to speak to one of our representatives today and we were able to link you to a child today. Please let us know if we can help you in any other way! 
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I was so sad to see today that I lost Dayanna Nicole from Ecuador and Susy Dorcus from Kenya. I'd written to both of them a long time. I know it's been a while since my last letters. My husband died, so that has been delaying it, but I WILL write again. In fact, can you assign me girls between the ages of 4-17 from Ecuador, Kenya, Sri Lanka, and Mexico? A couple of these should be old requests, a couple new, but 4 total.
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Hello Elsje, I am firstly so sorry for the loss of your husband, and that you lost the sweet girls you had been writing to for a long time! My heart goes out to you. I see that you were already on the list for two girls, ages 4 - 17, from Mexico and Sri Lanka, so I added you for two more girls of that same age from Ecuador and Kenya. :)
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Thank you for Ruth!! May I please have an email of all of her photos during the time she's been with Compassion, and some info about her history with the program?
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Hi Elsje! I am sending you an email with Ruth's information now! :) 
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Elsje

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May I also get these things for Sara Elizabeth, my other new correspondent? Thanks!
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You have great luck with correspondents Elsje. SE is my name and my daughter is Ruth :)
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Hi Elsje! I'm sending you an email with Sara Elizabeth's information. :) Happy Friday!
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Thanks, I haven't got it yet, but I look forward to it! I might as well also request a girl from Tanzania within the same age bracket as the others, because I don't think I have anyone in Tanzania at the moment. I am planning to write very soon, so I just thought I'd mention it. :) 

Edit: I'm wrong! I have Reytruda. I just thought I was missing an additional country for some reason!
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Hi Elsje, 

If you still haven't received our email, maybe check your spam? I know sometimes people see our emails go there. 

Does this mean you do not want to add any new requests at this time? 
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Could you please give me some additional information about my new correspondent child, Gilbert, from Uganda. How many sponsors has he had? Does his current sponsor send him birthday gifts?
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Hi Linda! I'm happy to send you Gilbert's information :). I am sending you an email now! 
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Hi, could I please be put on the list for 2 correspondents? My sponsor number is 01775253. Thanks! :)
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Hi Alisa! I have added your name to the list for two more kiddos. :)
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Can I please be placed on the correspondent list for 3 girls, ages 12 or under from anywhere? Thanks!
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Hi Hilary! I have added your requests to the list today. :) Have a great evening!
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Elsje

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Thank you for Citlalli!! She is adorable! May I please have all her full res photos plus a history on her in the program? I really appreciate it! Account 06446671
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You are so welcome, Elsje! Thank you for your patience while we got that request fulfilled! :) I'm sending you an email now!
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Can I please have the JPEG, sponsorship history, and letter writing history for Tainara BR048100073?
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I just emailed you her information, Chantel :).
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I'm just curious... is there something about Sri Lanka that makes it hard or impossible to be a correspondent? I've looked forward to connecting with a Sri Lankan child for years, but I've yet to be assigned one. My preferences aren't THAT narrow... girl between the ages (and including the ages) 4-17.
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Sri Lanka is evidently the place with the least kids overall so harder to get a correspondent.
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Elsje

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Thanks for letting me know! I've been waiting a few years  now.
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Elsje

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To Compassion: Please remove the age bracket. I'd like a girl correspondent from Sri Lanka regardless of age.
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Hi, Elsje! I apologize for the long wait you've had for a kiddo in Sri Lanka. Regrettably, we have a lot of people on the list for a child from Sri Lanka, and as far as I've seen, we're lucky to have even one become available every couple of months. Hopefully, one comes available for you soon!
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Thank you! I look forward to it! :)
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I would like to add one more child as a correspondent kid if possible. Any gender, age and country is fine.
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Hi Ann! I would be happy to add your name to the list today! Have a wonderful afternoon. :)
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Elsje

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Hey, I lost my girl, Florence, in Ghana. Can I put in an additional request for a girl in Ghana between the ages of 4 and 16?
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Elsje, 

I have added this request for you! So sorry to hear that you lost your other young lady! 
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Hello!

May I please be put back on the list for a girl in Rwanda, a girl in Uganda, a girl in Thailand, a girl in Sri Lanka, and another girl in Honduras? Any age is fine.

Blessings,
Mary
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Hello, Mary! I added your requests to the list today. Have a blessed day!
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Mary Reifsnyder

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Hello I just saw my correspondent in Honduras was removed from my account. I am on the list for one additional in Honduras already. May I please have requests submitted for a 2nd girl in Honduras any age, a girl in Ecuador any age, and a girl in any of the Asian countries any age.

Blessings,
Mary
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Hello, Mary! Thank you so much for reaching out to us. I do see that regrettably, the financial supporter of both Katherine and Sofia cancelled their sponsorship today, so both of those girls have sadly fallen off of your account. :( I'm so sorry about this. Of course, you are able to sponsor them if you would like. Please let us know if you would like to do so!

I will certainly add your new requests to the list today. Have a blessed weekend!