New Sponsor, a few questions...

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Hello all,
I have recently sponsored two beautiful girls from Tanzania and am awaiting the introductory packets in the mail. My question is should I wait to receive the packets before I write them? Is there something in the packets that I will fill out to tell them about myself or should I write an introductory letter myself. Their birthdays are also both coming up so I'd like to send them a card but want to introduce myself first. ANy adivce? Thank you :) 
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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You can write letters even before you get the packets in the mail!  I'd do it while you are excited. Do you have your Sponsor ID yet? If so, put your Name, ID, and the Child Name and ID on every page.  If you don't have your Sponsor ID yet, just write "Not known" in that spot and do the rest. I did that for my first letter and it got scanned and went through anyway.  There is a card in the introductory packet -- but you can easily put that information in a letter and there is not much room to write on it so after the first child I have not used it.  It has you list out the members of the family, ages, and I think what they do, Where you live (state since we are in the U.S.), and a favorite verse. Then room to write a short prayer for the child.  
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Thank you for the reply. How long should my first letter be? I am excited to write them but also nervous. I notice you can also write a letter on the website, but I think handwritten makes it a little more meaningful, however might take longer? Do you have any thoughts on that? 
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Letters you send in the mail can be up to 6 8.5x11 pages in length (written doublesided).  Nothing bigger than 8.5x11 will be sent. And this includes all attachments, stickers, pictures, etc.  (DO try to send a picture or two. The children seem to love them and it makes it easier to put a face with a name) It does seem to take a little longer for a handwritten letter to be received in the mail, scanned into the system and then sent over. But if you do not have a Sponsor ID, then that is pretty much the only option you have.  I send most of my letters through the online system.  Easier to dash off a letter and to easier to send similar letters to all my children. (It has a button you can "Duplicate for another child" then go in and just edit the details instead of writing out by scratch.  Online, there is a stricter limit to what you can include.  Two pages of writing (one page, front and back, typewritten) and two pages of attachments (though you can include multiple photos on a single page.  Also, online it is more difficult to send a letter that has text and photos both on the same page -- you pretty much need to use a program like Canva.com to create a letter (up to 3 pages long) and then upload it using the "Upload a Photo" option (Which gives you three pages of uploads you can do).
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Here is the Letter Writing FAQ: https://www.compassion.com/letter-writing/letter-writing-topics-faq.htm#faq-tcm:5-825672

Here is a post from the blog (2011) about children of different ages being notified they have a new sponsor: https://blog.compassion.com/the-first-letter-builds-a-cornerstone/

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