I just started to sponsor a child. Am I allow to mail the them gifts

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Hi Tammy! Welcome to the Compassion family! Thank you so much for your desire to mail gifts to your child. Regrettably, we are not able to send physical gifts to the children through the mail. Everything we send to our country offices is declared at a customs as a document. If custom officials find anything in a box of letters that isn't a document, we are assessed a hefty fine and the box will be held for weeks, possibly months. On top of that, there is a high incidence of theft when sending packages to the developing world, and shipping items overseas can be quite costly.Instead, we encourage you to send a monetary gift. The child and family, with the assistance of church staff, will purchase what they need most. This also benefits the local economy of your sponsored child by supporting local businesses.

That being said, Along with a personal letter, you can send: stickers, bookmarks and musical greeting cards. These items will be physically delivered to your child. You can also send: letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards, coloring pages and paper crafts. However, your child will not receive the original items. The items will be scanned and sent electronically. The total number of items (including stationery and the letter to your child) should not be more than six sheets, and each flat paper gift item should not be larger than 8.5” x 11”. Items sent without a personal letter will not be delivered to your sponsored child.

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