How long have these children been sponsored?

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I wrote a few weeks ago to ask if the correspondence children I write to had received gifts from their sponsors.  I was helped with that question, but now I am wondering if you could you also tell me how long these three have been sponsored?
Thanks!
Nathanaelle HA 833 0331

Louvensky HA 261 3600

Encok  UG 544 0395
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Beverly Crimmins Sarchet

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Beverly, I just sent you an email with the information you have requested about these three children :). Please let me know if you have further questions! 
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Hi Emily,

Do you have an e-mail where I could request the donation history, if any, for our sponsor children?

Thank you,
Summer
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Hi Summer! This morning, I sent you an email regarding your post and your donation summary. Did you receive this? I also just checked up on your account and the donation history I requested for you this morning, was emailed to you about twenty minutes ago. You should receive this very soon if you have not already. Please let me know if you do not receive these emails from us so that we can ensure you receive your donation summary. 
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The only thing I received was a copy of my family's giving. Does this mean the children had no previous sponsors?
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Hi Summer! I sincerely apologize for the confusion! Here in our office, we typically call the history of your giving the "donation history." This is why we sent you a copy of your family's giving. However, I believe what you are wanting to know if whether your sponsored children received extra gifts (family gifts, child gifts, birthday gifts, etc.) from their previous sponsors. I am sending you an email with this information. If you intended some other type of information on your sponsored children, please let us know as we would be happy to give you as much information as we can on your children. 
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Susan,

Thank you for the responses I received via e-mail from the Compassion team answering my inquiry. I have one follow up question concerning putting together our introductory letters. I've seen on several support posts, blog posts, etc. where people said that they've sent folders (without the metal brackets for three-hole punched items), but with the interior pockets that kids take to school. However, they measure 9 1/2 x 11 1/2, which exceeds the amount that the Compassion website requests. Is there an exception made for these folders or do I need to attempt to trim or create my own to meet the guidelines?

We have assembled a few pages that we created through publisher with a scrapbook page-type design to them. We wanted each of our new sponsor kids to have a few pictures and some information about us in addition to our introduction letter. I would love to include these items in a folder to create a keepsake should they want a special place to keep them. However, I don't want to send the folders if they will be discarded because they fail to meet the mailing requirement. 

Thank you for all the guidance you and your team have provided through this process! We are really trying to make each of our new sponsor kids feel very special with our introductory correspondence.

~Summer
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Hi Summer! I am glad that the last email answered your questions about your kiddo! Again, I apologize for the misunderstanding. 

We do ask that the folder be trimmed to fit the size guidelines as the maximum the folder can be is 8 1/2 x 11" in size. You're welcome and even encouraged to send pictures to your kiddos! They love having a photo to hang up and keep in a special place. As you can imagine, it helps them put a face to all the sweet letters that they get from you :). The items you're wanting to place in the folders you send out will be just fine as long as they do not exceed 1/4" in thickness. Please write your child's ID number and your sponsor number on every item you send (the folder, each picture, every letter). This is so if the items somehow get separated, we still know which child it belongs to and ensure it reaches them! 

A side note I want to add just so you are aware; if you ever send anything to your child that we cannot accept, you can rest assured that we will be sure to contact you and let you know. 

I just want to personally thank your family for investing so much time and energy into making your children feel valued and special! It will mean so much to them :). Happy creating!
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Susan and Emily,

Thank you for the guidelines. I was able to re-do the folders so that they met the specific guidelines and had my husband drop them off at the welcome desk already. We had so much fun putting together little information sheets on the members of our family to create a little get-to-know-you folder of information. I sure hope that our kids enjoy them!  

I did mean to ask if it was okay to write a short introductory note to the parent/guardians as well. I would love to write a note of encouragement directly to them that could be delivered by their kids through the center's mail disbursement, but wasn't sure if that was allowed. I don't mind e-mailing a preview of what I've written before sending them if that would be helpful. 

Thank you,
Summer
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Summer, you're so thoughtful for wanting to send an encouraging note to the caregivers of your children! You are certainly welcome to do this :). You may send it the same way you send your normal child letters but just address the guardians. Please be sure to write the child's ID number and your sponsor number on them still so they are delivered to the correct child. Our project staff will give them to your child and they can take them home to give to their parents :). I am sure this kind gesture will be a meaningful touch for them. 
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That is great news! I know a note of encouragement can mean so much to me, so I thought I would extend that to the kids' caregivers as well.

 I will definitely include those in the envelopes for this week's mailing. 

Thank you!
-Summer

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