Number of Letters Sent

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Would it be possible for me to find out how many letters I sent out in 2015? It was a rough year and I know I lagged off a bit in the end so I have a 2016 goal of staying way more on top of it. I don't think my sponsorship numbers changed much between 2015 and now so hopefully I can use it as a functional baseline.
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Hi Lindsay! My numbers are probably a little off due to manually counting, but you wrote about 1,057 letters in 2015! That's not slacking off at all! On average, you wrote 88 letters per month or 15 letters per child last year. Obviously, you didn't have all of your kids for the entire year, but that is still quite a lot! Thanks for being such a great encourager for them :).
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Oh, wow! I didn't think it'd be that big a number! hehehe. Thank you so much for checking that out for me. I (probably irresponsibly) don't keep any record of handwritten letters I send so it's all guesswork for me.
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This is a lot of letters! I wonder if Compassion keeps copies of all handwritten letters exchanged between kids and their sponsors.
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I'm relatively certain they don't. That would take a whole lot of manpower.


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They may keep them at some of the centers! I saw photocopies of mine in my child's records when I visited. There weren't as many as discussed here though!
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Yeah, I think some of the centers definitely keep them. Or at least some of them. I went through one of my kid's folder lover the summer and saw some of my letters and the work he did on drafts (so to speak) to sent back. I'm sure that's more at the individual projects discression, though.
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Hi Lindsay. That's wonderful that you're so faithful in writing your sponsored kids! I try to remember to photocopy my handwritten letters so I have a copy of what I wrote, but I don't sponsor near so many kids. I've read somewhere else in the blog that people keep a list of what was sent/received in Word or Excel.
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In a perfect world, I'd love to do just that. I've tried spreadsheets and such but in the reality of my life, it's more like "write, write, write, run to post office!!". I actually just started marking letters I've responded to like a month ago because I'd not remember if I wrote back or not. One could say organization isn't exactly my strong suit.
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I know, sometimes life gets so busy it's hard to remember. I usually file a letter from my kids in their folder after I have written a response.

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