Is it possible to send my sponsored child a specific gift?

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My sponsored child has expressed that he would like a bicycle. He did not ask this of me, but in one of his letters he said he wishes he had a bicycle. He is turning 6 in September so he is definitely old enough for a bike. I am wondering if it is possible to do something like this for him & if so, how. Thank you
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Dawn Meyer Colvin-Haggard

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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Good morning Dawn,

We are very thankful that you desire to send your child a bike! It truly is touching when sponsors want to bless their children with items they have expressed interest in! Regrettably, we are unable to send items of this type.

We encourage you to send letters and cards as often as possible. However, please know that the only physical items that are able to be sent are musical and pop-up cards, bookmarks and stickers. All of these items must be 100% paper, (other than the stickers which may include plastic). Anytime you send something to your child, please make sure to keep it to six pages (front and back) 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.

If you would like to send your child a gift not listed above, you may do that through sending a monetary gift through Compassion. You may give two child gifts each year in the amount of $10-$100, and you may send gifts to the family of $25 to $1,000 (not to exceed $1,000 each year). The local Compassion staff will meet with the family when the gift is delivered to help them decide how the money should be spent and guide them in using the money wisely. Please be aware that Compassion will utilize 10% of your individual child-gift donation for the ministry's administration and program delivery costs of the gift. You will receive a thank you letter, approximately six months from when the gift was given, to let you know what was purchased. Also, if you happen to send a gift of $60 or more, the family will send you a picture of what was purchased!

Please know that you are welcome to also send a recommendation of what you would like your gift money used for, but if the family receives the money and decides they have a better use for the funds, we do allow them to make that decision, as this will ensure they get exactly what they need most! I hope this is helpful! I know it is a lot of information, so please do let us know if you have any other questions! Have a wonderful day! 
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Kris Rasmussen

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As a sponsor I have found Compassion staff very willing to try and secure for the child what the sponsor requests. All of my kiddos have been able to purchase a bicycle though a monetary gift I sent to them with that request.

Two of my kiddo's families bought a larger frame bike and the whole family uses it. :) While the child is at school mom or dad can load up vegetables or coffee beans and go sell them at the market.

Bikes are a such a blessing to our kids.