Note to kids without sponsors or who haven't recieved a letter in a while

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After reading this article: http://blog.compassion.com/desperately-waiting-for-a-letter/, I was wondering if it would be possible to include a couple notes with a simple introduction and message of encouragement for my child to hand out to kids in her center without sponsors or who haven't received letters in a while. Would it be hard to manage for the translating people? I think my letters to Ghana might actually not be translated (I'm talking to someone about that).
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Hi Emma! That is such a sweet gesture and I appreciate your desire to bless and encourage other children in your child's project that don't yet have sponsor's to write to them. Although this is a wonderful idea and one that we are planning to implement in the near future with some of the changes we are making in our ministry; these types of letters would unfortunately not make it past the country office right now and would not reach the children in Nanaama's center. We do not yet have a process in place that would smoothly allow for these letters to be distributed to these children by the project staff. I am so sorry for this inconvenience but again, I so appreciate your loving heart! 

I do have one option that I want to tell you about that you may really enjoy and would give you the opportunity to encourage unsponsored children! During the Christmas season, our Correspondence Team has a special process in place where they will send Christmas cards to unsponsored children in our projects! This offers sponsor's like you, the opportunity to write notes of encouragement to unsponsored children who don't normally receive letters. These notes will be distributed throughout all of our countries. We ask that you please keep messages short. Because the children are unsponsored, translators are not in place to process the messages, therefore messages will not get translated. On your cards/letters, please write "attn: Suzanne Hall" so that they are processed correctly and separated out with other letters to unsponsored children this Christmas. These cards must be received no later than November 17, 2014.

I know that this is not what you were initially looking to do as your cards will not necessarily go to Nanaama's friends. However, these notes will still be delivered to children in each of our countries and will bless them in such a big way! It will let them know that someone is thinking of them, praying for them, and cheering them on as they wait for a sponsor. :) Please let me know if you have any questions!
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Thanks for letting me know about the Christmas card option. So would I write on an card I have or just a note on a piece of paper for Compassion to include in a card they have? Also, would I simply mail it to the Compassion center in CO like any other letter, except with "attn: Suzanne Hall" written on the note in place of a child and sponsor number? Thanks again!
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Hi again Emma! Feel free to write on whatever stationary you would like :). If you just write on a piece of paper, that is what will be sent. We will not be transferring your notes onto different cards so if you would like to write them on your own cards you are certainly welcome to do so:). And yes, send it to the normal correspondence address: 

Compassion International
[no street address necessary]
Colorado Springs, CO 80997-0004
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Sending Christmas cards to the unsponsored children is such a rewarding experience and I encourage all sponsors who have the extra time and resources to participate!  I did this last year for the first time and it brought my heart such joy knowing kids who otherwise wouldn't receive a card, actually WOULD have a card in their hands with a picture taped inside of my kids smiling at them.  I purchased boxes of inexpensive cards and taped a picture inside of each one so that the child could "see" the people sending them the greeting. (I don't think we're supposed to put anything loose inside the cards)  I just know how very excited I am to see my Compassion kids' pictures and imagine they get equally excited to see pictures of us.  I'm glad I just read this thread.  Christmas cards are out - so I will start buying them, getting them signed and "decorated" with a picture and maybe some colorful stickers on the envelopes, and start sending them in to Compassion.  I hope all of you will join me in this endeavor to reach more kids this year!!
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I'm going to do just that (with the pictures). We're going to send a bunch of cards in a manilla envelope, and I was wondering if I should put each card in their envelope (unsealed) for Compassion to send them in, or if that is unnecessary (sorry, I'm very naive to how they send letters. Do they provide envelopes?).
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 I sent mine in unsealed envelopes last year. I decorated the envelopes too.

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Hi ladies! We generally ask that you don't put any extra items in them like sheets of stickers or pictures. You're welcome to place stickers on your card though to decorate it! :) 

Emma, you can stick them all in one envelope and we will do the rest! Or if you want to decorate the envelopes for each card and leave them unsealed, that will be fine as well. You can see other sponsor's comments about this topic in another forum on this site that you can find here.

Thank you ladies so much for doing this as it is a blessing for these sweet kiddos and really brightens their Christmas!
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Last year I called and asked about pictures and was told not to put loose pictures in the cards, but when I asked if I could actually attach the picture inside the card with glue or tape, I was told that was fine and a good idea, so that's what I did.  Can you double check on that for me, please?  I know there are cards that are sold that have stickers attached inside of them, too, or doorhangers or bookmarks, actually incorporated into the card.  Thanks,
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Karen and Emma, first off I want to encourage you that we so appreciate your kind gesture! I completely understand wanting to include pictures so that these children can put a face to the card they receive. I love the idea and I know that our kiddos would also enjoy being able to place your photo in a special place.

I double checked with Suzanne Hall and the reason we do not encourage photos to be sent with the cards is that we cannot guarantee they will reach the child. Many of the areas we work in have very humid environments. If you tape or your pictures, there is a possibility that the tape would fall apart and the adhesive or glue would melt causing the photo to fall off and get separated from your card.  However, one thing Susan and I discussed if you do choose to place photos in your card, is to staple them. Attaching pictures with staples would decrease the risk of them falling out and help ensure they get to the children :).
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Ok, thank you for the follow-up on this!!


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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Letters to unsponsored kids.

I think it would be cool to have it so people can write a one time letter to an unsponsored child. We could put their child number on it and tell them we aren't their sponsor, but we are praying for them. Especially for long waiting kids, because it could encourage them to stick with it. Even if you just pick kids off the website. :) or, you could assign child correspondence to kids who don't have sponsors, and then when they receive their sponsor the child correspondent no longer writes to that child unless their sponsor doesn't. Just an idea :) I'd be willing to sign up for a ton of kids if you did that :)
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In 2015, I didn't hear or see anything about the Christmas card project.  Was it active in 2015?  I bought cards, but didn't send any because I saw absolutely nothing about doing it.  I made up 6 boxes for Operation Christmas Child for 2015, but I really, REALLY would like to do the cards for Compassion again this coming Christmas.  If Compassion DID send out cards to unsponsored kids, how many were sent?  It would be really interesting, I think, for all of us sponsors to hear about how many cards got sent out and where they went. 

I love writing to my correspondent kids (I now sponsor 2 financially and write to 2 additionally) as I recently picked up my girl from Burkina Faso to sponsor financially because her $ sponsor stopped the $ sponsorship of her.  I looked on my account and saw that she was gone and paniced! I called Compassion to learn her $ sponsor had ended their sponsorship.  I think God led me to my page that day.  I have a good writing relationship with her.  She is 14 and had several sponsors but never a letter until I started corresponding with her.  I couldn't bear the thought of her losing another $ sponsor and also losing me as her first faithful correspondent.  I pray the $ sponsors are able to continue supporting my other 2 little girls I write to because it will break my heart if I have to part ways with them.  I know, it's all part of the process, but like you, I have thoughts like, "It would be nice if correspondents could continue writing to their kids until another $ sponsor picks them up and makes the commitment to write to them and take over that very crucial part of the process. 

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Hi Karen! I'm so sorry for the confusion and that you didn't know that we sent letters last year! We did send Christmas cards for unsponsored children this past year in 2015. I am checking on the exact number. Also, stay tuned! We will have another letter writing opportunity similar to this one available soon. :)
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I can't wait!  There are going to be alot of blessed children because we have such a wonderful, committed group of Christians who are anxiously waiting to fill the hearts of children without correspondence.  
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Hi Karen! We were able to send 20,112 Christmas cards to unsponsored children this year! That's a whole lot of smiles this Christmas! :) 
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That's awesome.  I feel bad i wasn't a part of it, but definitely count me in again for 2016!! And for any new ideas that come up for sending some cheer to kids waiting for sponsors.  

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