I would like to send my sponsored child a book

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Would I be able to send my sponsored child a book? I have a good book in mind. It would be great if I could get it to her.

Also, would I be able to send her a 4 page hand made pocket book?
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Lily Ascencio

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Sarah, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi Lily! I am so sorry, but we aren't able to  send books on to the children. 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.

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.

If you send a handmade pocket book, it will actually end up being scanned into our system and processed digitally before being printed out in your child's country to be delivered. I suggest not sending this if you are expecting it to arrive in your child's hand in the original from specifically.


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If I send this 5×5 letter along with stickers will everything arrive to the child or only the stickers will and a scanned copy of the 5×5?
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Christina, Employee

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Hi Lily! Your letter will first be scanned for translation purposes, and then it will be physically sent to your child with your stickers. This means that your child will receive two copies of your letter, the original untranslated one, and the digital copy with the translation. Along with a personal letter, you can send: stickers, bookmarks, musical greeting cards, and pop-up 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”. Thank you for blessing your kiddo! 

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