How does the gift giving work?

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My child's birthday is next month and I followed the link from an email in December to send him a birthday gift. It went through however it is now asking me again for a birthday gift and the statements show my gift as a general gift. Is it not counting as a birthday gift? will he not get it for his birthday? If he does, how much of it actually goes to him?
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Audrey

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Sally

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He will get it, but I have read it takes 2-3 months. I try and send birthday gifts at least 2 months early, but it's easy to forget! I send an online letter explaining to the child that I am sending a birthday gift, so they will be expecting it. I sent musical cards to my kids this year too. I thought that would bring a smile to their little faces. Wish I could've seen their reactions.
There is a 10% fee taken from your gift that is used to offset the cost Compassion incurs . (For currency exchange, taking the child and parent shopping, etc. )
If your gift was $60 or more, you will receive a photo of your child with the gifts they purchased. It can take up to 6 months to hear back though (2-3 months for child to receive gift and then 2-3 months for your child's letter to reach you). If you don't hear back in 6 months, and the gift was $60.00 or more, you can request an inquiry.
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Hi Audrey! In addition to what Sally mentioned, I checked your account and you did give a general child gift. However, I'm going to request that it be transferred to be used as a birthday gift instead of a general gift and please rest assured he'll receive it! You're welcome to send a birthday card and thank you so much for blessing him in such a tangible way! In the future, from the drop down menu, change it from general to birthday gift when you go to donate :).
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Thank you Emily! I'll pay closer attention next time.

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