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I am doing the 52 weeks of praying for your sponsored child. There is a new topic each week on what to pray for. I was thinking of encouraging my girl in that area by e-mailing her once a week. I do not want to seem like I am bugging her, or make the other children feel bad when she gets called out of class EVERY week. But, I thought it would be neat to let her know I am thinking of her and that she is special and loved. What do you think, is writing her once a week too much or overdoing it?
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Brett Goodlin, Stewardship Specialist / Finance Division

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You will hear it said often, "You can't write too much." and you should always keep that in mind.

However, we want to be sure you are aware of the timing of your letters. Most child development centers only get letters delivered once a month. We also only send the letters to each country every 7-10 days so depending on the timing we receive your letter, we could be sending two letters in a single shipment. All of a sudden your child will get a packet of 4-6 letters. If you are OK with that, by all means, write to your little girl!

Be sure to take some time and read through our blog for great letter writing ideas from other sponsors, encouragment from folks who work with the children, and from previously sponsored children as well (http://blog.compassion.com/category/about-letter-writing/).
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Okay, thanks!!
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It may be a good idea to write one or two letters each month rather than one letter each week. Like Brett said, it's likely that she will receive several letters at once instead of one per week.
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Lizzie, Champion

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Yeah, I was thinking of that because getting four letters at once is a lot. Thank you!
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I was also wondering about this. Do younger children still appreciate letters like older children, even if they can't read yet?
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Brett Goodlin, Stewardship Specialist / Finance Division

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Yes, the younger children love getting the letters too. They may not know or care really what you say, but the fact that you thought of them makes their day! You could also send stickers to the younger children.

Here is a link to a great article written by a worker in one of our projects in Bolivia.
http://blog.compassion.com/importance-of-letters/
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How often should I (can I) send a letter or use the online letter system? Are there any guidelines / recommendations? I know this probably varies a lot. But it probably is a lot of work to process letters.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Letter Frequency - How often should a person / can a person send a letter?.
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Shaina Moats

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You're welcome to write as much as you would like! We normally suggest no more than 2-3 times a month just so the translators and your sponsored child don't get overwhelmed. However, there is no limit- I'm just really glad you are writing your sponsored child. Did you know that a lot of sponsors don't?
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Yea, I used to think that just writting every wk or so, would be really good. But then again, one of my friends said on Facebook, that you don't want to ovewhelm him/her by your letters. So with that being said, I have taken better thought of just writting about twice a month or so to my Correspondent children. Three that is