If you scan the letters I write, what do you do with the stickers I include in my letter?

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Since you are now scanning letters and delivering them digitally, how do you get the stickers and bookmarks which I include in my letters, to my child?
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Kimberly! This is a great question! When we receive a package with both a letter and items that cannot be scanned, we will scan the letter in for translation purposes and then the other items will be sent along to the country office via snail mail. Please know that the only physical items that are able to be sent are musical cards, bookmarks and stickers. All of these items must be 100% paper (other than stickers which may contain plastic). Anytime you send something to your child, please make sure to keep it to six pages or less. All letters, coloring pages or pictures will be scanned into an electronic document, unless otherwise noted above, and then printed in the child's country office to be delivered. 
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Hi Shannon.  Thank you very much for your reply.  So it sounds like the letter and other items will be separated and arrive at different times.  That means it's probably a good idea to not refer to the items in the letter, which would create confusion for my child, correct?  Thanks again.
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Kimberly,

When I send stickers I usually mention in my letter something like, "I am also sending you some animal stickers (or flower, or whatever they are) which I hope you will receive soon." That way they can look forward to getting them! Also, if I send a bookmark with words, I will tell them in the letter what it says, because I don't think the things which are sent physically are translated.
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Good morning Kimberly and Tammy, 
I am very glad that you guys brought this up! We would actually not recommend that you reference that you are sending stickers in your letter. The reason behind this is that if you do reference that you have sent something in your letter, we will actually hold that letter at the child center until the items arrive. This is typically not a problem, but if there was any complication with getting that item to the child, the letter would also then not be given to the kiddo. This could even mean something like the sponsor wrote about sending stickers, but completely forgot to include them, or things of this nature. But, this is totally up to you! :) However, I do love the idea of including what a bookmark might say, because this will not be translated!
Have a lovely day ladies! :)
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Thanks again, Shannon, and thank you too, Tammy!
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Marci L. Ficht

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So sometimes the stickers will be held back for months and months until a full box is ready to send. Which means they will have to hold on to the letter for that amount of time, too. So what is going to prompt them on the country end to go look for the letter? How do they know there's a letter with the stickers? I would hate to see stickers arriving and the letter left in limbo forever because they forgot to put it with the stickers. This is all so much more complicated than I ever imagined it would become. Thank goodness for World Vision and the other programs that are so much easier to work with...and you can still send ACTUAL packages. 
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Compassion staff- I have question about stickers, and I found these posts from 9 months ago. I know the rules have changed, I believe several times, but since the BIG change with the new system, other changes just seem to show up in this forum. I just wanted to check to see how things currently stand.

My question was whether or not it is alright to send stickers labeled as "foil" or "laser." (They are shiny, but flat.) Also, after reading through some of the comments above, it sounds like Compassion would prefer that we do not include extras like cards and stickers? It's so hard to know anymore what is best for the kids, what Compassion will allow, and (after reading this post) what Compassion would prefer that we do and do not send. I saw some neat stickers, and thought maybe I should include some with some snail mail letters as a special treat for my kids, but maybe it's best just to do what's easy and send electronically and leave the extras out?

Thank you.

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Beth, here is a link to what you are able to send to your sponsored child, https://www.compassion.com/letter-writing/tips-for-mailing-small-gifts.htm. You are able to send stickers and cards! The cards would be scanned, although, if they are musical greeting cards, we would not scan those. We would not scan the stickers either. I think sending these items is a great idea! If you are thinking about it doing it, I would encourage you to do so. Let us know if you have any further questions after reading through this link. It give you pretty detailed instructions on what we are able to send to your sponsored child. 
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Beth

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Thank you so much Madison for your reply, and your encouragement to send these types of items. I am still wondering, are flat sticker sheets labeled foil or laser still considered paper?

Here is a link for laser stickers. It says they have a metallic finish that makes them sparkle. https://www.dollartree.com/Assorted-Laser-Sticker-Sheets/p308586/index.pro

Here is a link for the foil stickers. Another link I found described them as 'metalized paper'. https://www.dollartree.com/Jot-Star-or-Smiley-Face-Foil-Stickers/p340023/index.pro

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Hi Beth! Yes, these types of stickers are fine to send. I am sure that your child will enjoy receiving them and sharing with her friends. I would just encourage making sure to include your sponsor number and your child's number on all of the things you send.  
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Beth

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Thank you so much, Leah! And thanks for the reminder about putting the #'s on the items.

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