How do I send a birthday card to my sponsor child?

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Who do I need to send the birthday card to, where should I write his identification number on the card, do I also need to include my sponsor number and should I leave the card unsealed?
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Becky Waddle

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KristenH, Champion

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Hi Becky, You can send all correspondence to Attn. Child Correspondence Dept., Compassion International, Colorado Springs, CO 80997.
I always write the info on the back side of the card and on the envelope(since i put it into another envelope for mailing). Include your child's name, number and sponsor number on any correspondence you send. I leave the card's envelope unsealed and mail it in another envelope.
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Hi Becky! I LOVE that you are sending a birthday card to your sponsored child! Thanks for thinking of him! 

Please use the address that Kristen gave above for letters to your child. As she said, it's a good idea to include his name, his child ID number, your name, and your sponsor number on the card itself. If you'd like, your welcome to put this information on the envelope for the card and then enclose it in a bigger envelope. Some sponsors do this because if the outside envelope has your return address on it, this will not be sent to your child for your security. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Question about sending cards to sponsored children..


Hello, I would like to send my sponsored child a card. I understand that I need to write my name and sponsor number and my child's name and number on the card. But, should I put the card with it's envelop into another envelop that is addressed to Compassion? Does Compassion send the card in the original envelop? What if I enclose a letter and stickers or something like that?
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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi there! If the envelope has your return address on it (personal contact information) we do not send it to your child for your protection. For this reason, some sponsors will enclose the envelope that comes with a card in a larger envelope addressed to Compassion. You could put your child's name and number on the inside envelope and even decorate it for your child. 

You're welcome to send stickers and the kids love them! If you're sending any paper items along with your letters, I recommend writing your child's name and number on each individual item so that if by chance they are separated from the letter, we still know which child they were intended for. 

Please send cards to:

Compassion International 
[No street address necessary]
Colorado Springs, CO 80997-0004
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Mailing Address for writing to my child.


I would like to send my sponsored child a birthday card, what mailing address do I send it to and how should it be addressed?  Thanks!
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I just found this topic online.  I mailed a birthday card for my child to Compassion, but I did not know about the larger envelope.  Do I understand correctly that this card will not go to her now because I did not put it in a larger envelope and have my street address on the envelope I mailed?  Or will Compassion open the envelope and send the card on to my child?
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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi Barb! I'm so sorry for the confusion! Let me give an example. Let's say you sent a birthday card. You placed the card in the envelope that you got with it at the store. You sealed the envelope, addressed it to Compassion, and placed it in the mail. What we would do is take the card out of the envelope. We would throw the envelope away and only send the card to your child. Our reasoning is purely for security's sake. We do not want your child or our field office to have your direct mailing address which would be on the envelope. Some sponsors may choose to decorate the envelope. They will enclose the card and matching envelope in a larger manila envelope to mail to Compassion so that we will send both the card and the envelope. However, you do not have to place it in a larger envelope in order to send it. 
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Barb Wells

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Oh, thank you for explaining, Susan!  I'm glad Miriam will get the card I sent. :-)
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Andrea Zappone

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why doesn't Compassion simply cut out the return address? Wouldn't that make keeping things together much easier as well as pass on decorated materials intended for the children?
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(actually, on that note, is it best to not put a return address on an envelope as long as  Compassion International's address is written correctly in the addressee area?)
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Hi Andrea! 

It is easier for our correspondence team if we simply just remove the card from the envelope and place it in a new one. It also looks nicer for when your child opens your letter so they don't receive it in a cut up envelope :). I understand your point in trying to keep items altogether though! That is why we suggest that you staple your items as well as writing your sponsor number and child number on each item you send.  This ensures that we will get all items to the right child if for some reason they do get separated :).

I would encourage you to continue to place a return address on your envelope so that if it gets lost in the mail on the way to us, the post office is able to get that letter back into your hands for you to send off to us again if there were issues. I would not want you to work hard on a beautiful letter for your child and then a situation come up where it didn't reach us and it was forever lost :(. Another reason you should place your return address on the envelope is for tracking purposes on our end. If for some reason we are unable to find your account by your name, or if your sponsor number and child number got transposed and we couldn't read it, we would still have another avenue of locating your account so that we know who the sponsor of that child is. 
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If I write inside a Birthday card, will it be translated for my child?
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Emily

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Hi Caralee! All correspondence to your child will be translated before it is given to your girl. When we mail your birthday card, we will send it to our country office in Ecuador and it will be translated into your child's language. For example, if you wrote your note to her on the right side under the printed words of the card, the translators will use the left side of the card, or a space under your note, to write the translation. Thank you for sending her a birthday card! That will be such a special treat for her to receive from you. :)
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I'm going to send a birthday card soon. I was reading this forum and noticed that I only put my child's number and my number, not our names, on my letters (although the names are in the letters). Does this make it difficult in for Compassion to process? Also, if anything I try to send can't get through, does Compassion contact me (through email, for example)?
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Hi Emma! Putting your numbers on correspondence without your name is fine. We are still able to process those with no problem. If we are not able to send something on to you child, you will receive an email or letter from us.