How to send a gift to my sponsored child

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I have a gift to send to my sponsored child. How do I go about it and how should it be packaged? The gift is a doll, I'm hoping that it is alright to send.
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Emily, Champion

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Hey Annette, Sadly sponsors are only allowed to send flat paper items to the kids. It has to be 8.5" x 11" x .25" and paper, so a doll won't go through. This is mainly for customs reasons. Compassion ships everything as documents. Anything that is perceived as having value is likely to get stolen or face high customs charges, often above the actual value of the item. You can get pretty creative with what to send though (including paper dolls as an alternative). You can also send a financial gift to your child, 100% of which will go directly to the child.
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Hi Annette!

CI declares their packages as documents, which prevents dolls from being sent. They declare them as documents to avoid customs fees (often higher than the item's value) and the risk of theft is high. You can see what the regulations are here:

And for ideas of what to send that fits the regulations, I recommend Michelle's blog, as she is a CI advocate with lots of great ideas:

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