How do I give a large donation to my child, and instruct that it be used for something specific?

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If I want to give a large donation to my child, but wish for it to be used for something specific, who do I contact and how does the process work?
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Myriah Joy Grabish

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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Good afternoon Myriah, 

We are very thankful that you desire to send your child a special gift! 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! :) Please know that 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! I hope this is helpful! Please let us know if you have any other questions! Have a wonderful day! 
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Myriah Joy Grabish

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Thank you for the swift answer! In that case, I wish to make a donation to the family. Who do I contact to give the donation to the family who's child I sponsor? So far, I have found no indication on my online Compassion International account that guides me on how to complete this whole process.
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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Log in to your online account. Choose Additional Giving on the left hand side and you will see your children listed with choices of "Birthday Gift" "Child Gift" and "Family Gift"  When you check out, at the bottom it says "I have special instructions regarding this donation"  -- Click on the + to expand it and you can write notes in there.
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Sierra, Employee

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Myriah, yes! You would follow the instructions Sarah laid out for you if you want to give this gift online. You may also call us at (800) 336-7676 or email us at socialmedia@compassion.com. We're here to serve you from 7AM - 5:30PM Mountain Time, Monday - Friday. :)
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Myriah Joy Grabish

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I understand now; thank you so much!