mailing a package to my child

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i am taking a cruise which one of the stops is in mexico I already checked it is to far from where my boy there lives but it is my understanding that I can mail him a package if I am in the same country as him is that correct? I would love to be able to mail him some gifts, also I will be in the carribean my girls are in the Dominican republic but I will not actually be stopping in that exact country can I still mail them a package or no? so if the answers to any of these are yes could you please instruct me on how to go about these things? please and thank you. Also if I am able to mail the packages are there any items that are prohibited? such as candy or tooth paste
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Debra Gonzalez

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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi Debra! How exciting! I hope you have a wonderful trip!

Yes, it is possible to mail items to the country office for your sponsored child. Please note that the mailing systems in developing countries is not always reliable. We also ask that you only mail packages to ourcountry office while you are in that specific country. Due to large customs feesand taxes incurred, please do not use this information to mail packages fromthe United States. Lastly, please keep in mind, not all field offices are ableto receive child gifts or have the capacity to forward a gift to a child's student center. Regrettably, we are not able to make recommendations regarding items are allowed and which are prohibited in these countries. 

All that said, I will email you additional information about mailing packages to the country offices. 
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Debra Gonzalez

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ok that would be great I knew that I would have to mail the package to thet center and that is fine I understand why hoping he will be able to get the little gifts I will get for him. How will I know if the center is able to get his gifts to him? Are they able to just wait till he comes to the center? is there some way to get this info before I go? I would hate to get the gifts ahead of time only to find out he may not be able to have them.
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Debra, 
The address that Susan provided is for our country office, and therefore your gift will be sent to the country office and not the child's center directly. Once it is received at the country office, they will do everything they can to then deliver it to the child's center. Sadly, we will not know in advance if your gift can be delivered because it honestly is based on budget for the particular office. If our center cannot afford to send your gift, it will be donated to another child in need in a nearby area. However, we will do everything we can to get it to your child. If your gift is delivered, you should  receive a thank you note within 6 months. If you do not receive a thank you letter within six months of sending the gift, we are always happy to inquire to see if your gift was able to be delivered. I hope this helpful! :)
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Debra Gonzalez

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if cost is a possible issue with getting my childs gift to them am I allowed to send say a money order to cover potential cost for delivery?

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