Monetary gift arriving by their birthday?

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Hello, Compassion Family! I was wondering if anyone knows how far in advance a birthday card AND monetary gift should be sent to ensure it reaches them by their birthday? But I also don’t want it to get there too much belfry their birthdays. Thanks in advance for any advice!
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Hollie Rebekah

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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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It varies. My son sent a gift on 9/25 and we got the Thank you on 10/30.  OTOH, a different project gift send in February, didn't receive any mention until September.
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Hollie Rebekah

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Woah! February to September is long! My son has been doing his longer than me, and has only ever received letter from one of his sponsored kids. But he doesn’t mind (he is 17 and the two kids he sponsors are 5). He knows they are young, so he just tried to send them fun stuff. I just began sponsoring a month ago, so I don’t expect to hear anything for a while. I just keep sending encouragement. :) I love writing to the kids! Thankfully I get to be a correspondent as well, helps me to not bombard my sponsored child with too many letters!
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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Oh I received letters. Just acknowledgement of the gift itself that took long. If it has been 6 months since you heard from a kiddo, please let the social media ladies know. The children are supposed to be corresponding that often even if you write nothing at all. (though of courseit is hard to write with nothing to reply to)
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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hollie, it is not normal to go longer than six months without a letter. Please post your son's child's number or email us at socialmedia@compassion.com with more information on his account and we would be happy to look into this further for you. 
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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi Hollie! Gifts and letters are processed and sent separately from each other so the timing will regrettably be different.

For gifts, we recommend sending them three months in advance of the birthday to ensure delivery in time. As Sarah mentioned, card delivery time does vary depending on what type of card you are sending. Musical and pop-up cards are physically mailed while other greeting cards are scanned and may travel much faster. If you are sending a musical or pop-up greeting card, I would recommend sending three to four months in advance. If you are sending a regular greeting card, I would recommend sending it a month in advance. 
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Hollie Rebekah

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Thank you, that is helpful information. I do have a follow up question. I sent one of my children a musical Christmas Card, that sings in her native language. That is the first physical card I have sent, and it was scanned in, and I can see it in my letter history. Does that mean the card will not be physically sent? Or are all cards scanned in, regardless of music or pop-up abilities? Again, thank you for helping! I will send her birthday card soon and wait about a month after that to send her monetary birthday gift, and maybe they’ll arrive close-ish together. :)
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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hollie, in order for letters to be translated, they must be scanned. This means that if you wrote in the card, we scanned it just so that it could be translated and then the physical card was mailed. Later, we will connect the translation with the physical card. 

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