Oh dear! What is the quality of the laser printer copy? Does it show puzzle colors etc?

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My favorite thing was sending creative paper toys to my child in India. I have a new child in Mexico and this change in what we can send is very sad to me. What is the quality of the laser scan items? Colors? How thick? For instance puzzles or paper airplanes? If we knew the address of the project we could send boxes of little thing for all the kids. This takes motivation to write away from the sponsor.
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Reva, I am another sponsor. I am also interested in whether different papers are used. I'm sure the colors are good, but a puzzle on normal printer paper wouldn't work. Most of these countries, don't have functional postal services. If you have something you want to send to your child, the best way I know of to do it, is find somebody who will be visiting that country, and see if they could take it for you. If you do that, you need to keep it small, so you don't take up a lot of their luggage space.
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Well I'm happy that I have been given a child in Mexico because our church youth group goes down every year and I stand a much better chance of going too compared to India ( where my first child is)
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I wouldn't say that most of these countries don't have functional postal systems. I've sent snail mail all over the world and have had very few problems.
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Hi Reva! I have found the quality of the copies of letters that I receive from my sponsored children to be very good. Even exceptional. The colors are good. Best of all, it is a very heavy paper. (If you are familiar with paper, it feels to me like it is heavier than a 24 pound paper. 20 pound is the cheap, thin paper I use in my printer for everyday use; 24 pound is heavier than 20 pound and I use it for better things or things with more ink. The paper from Compassion feels heavier than my 24 pound.) The paper from Compassion is not as heavy as cardstock. I think it would make great paper airplanes! Change is always hard at first, but I hope that you will not let it deter you from writing your precious child! They will love the items and the letters that they receive from you!
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Reva, Any artwork also gets scanned and printed out on the other end. The original does not go through. Although, I think sponsors can still receive the original child letter if they want to, but it takes much longer than the scanned ones. I really liked the idea of having the original, but since the scanned ones are much faster, I have switched to that with the new system. Only a few original things go through now - I think it's musical cards, bookmarks, stickers, and pop-up cards.
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It seems that sending a card is the best way to include anything else?
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Reva, I believe the musical cards and a pop up card are the only cards that would go.  Other than something like that the cards are scanned and don't go.  Stickers and book marks also go.  Not sure if anything else goes.
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I found a card last night that has a punch out to assemble paper airplane. Do you think that would go?
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Reva, regrettably, a punch out card would not be mailed, but rather scanned and sent digitally. 
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Hi Reva--

I too loved to send paper toys to my kiddos. In fact, for a while I was writing blog posts highlighting fun things that could be made and sent to sponsored kids that were within the parameters set at the time.

With the new changes, I have adjusted my thinking a little bit:

*Letters are coming MUCH faster. As soon as I get the notice of a new letter, I read it, "print" it as a PDF file, and save it to my hard drive in a folder called "2B answered." I try to answer the letter within a few days, looking at the letter I am answering and being sure to respond to things the child put in their letter. Then I move the child's letter to my "Answered" file. The letters I am receiving from my sponsored kids seem to be getting more and more personal and less like "I have to write this." I think the relative quickness of the correspondence has a LOT to do with that!

*I have read over and over that it is the *relationship* that matters to the child, more than money, and definitely more than gifts. We in the west put a lot of stock into *things* and have a hard time understanding a culture that does not view things and physical gifts with the same high regard that we do. I wasn't sure I believed this until a few things happened:
   --My girl in Bangladesh always buys items for her parents when I send her birthday money, never anything for herself.
   --God has placed several formerly sponsored individuals in my path recently. They talk about letters, letters, letters. How they save the letters. How it meant SO much just to know that someone out in the world cared enough about them to WRITE. Not one of them mentioned gifts.
   --A mission trip to Myanmar found me at a leper colony. These people TRULY had nothing. They had built a shelter for the elders among them, and a church for worshiping God, and otherwise... nothing. No possessions. No toys. No money. And they were among the most loving and joyous people I have ever met. The fact that we came and worshiped among them meant the world to them. We hadn't brought any gifts, as it was kind of an unplanned visit, but that didn't matter--they only craved our presence and our joining together in worship of the God they loved so much. Such a humbling experience.

*That said, I know of at least one organization that has US sponsorships. If you really need to give physical gifts, you might look into one of those (I have 2 little darlings in Kentucky, and I readily admit that it is super-fun to be able to send them gifts!)

However, I truly believe in Compassion and their judgment on this point. Their priority is the relationship between sponsor and child, and the work they do, and even the restrictions that are placed on what we can do, are designed to foster that.

God bless!

Julie
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I remember how many children try to save their sponsor 'a letters in a natural disaster, or say that a letter is their most prized possession. The Lord is uniting the church beyond all national and denominational boundaries in these days. Being a nation that focuses on "stuff" I forgot about the cross cultural differences that you mentioned. I always send out shoeboxes with Samaritans purse at Christmas and participate in other things. I will just trust you on this. Hopefully the birthday money will be the way to give a toy. My little India child bought furniture, food, and an umbrella for rainy season one time. We don't even know what they need. The Lord does. Thank you for the response
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Reva, Isn't it neat how we can reach out so easily to kids in other countries? Our family does the shoeboxes too. It's a great hands-on activity for kids to help with, which they remember for years. Regarding the toy, you are right, we do not know what they need. I trust the Compassion center staff to help with this. Each family is different; some are desperate for food, while others are in a position where the kids can get new clothes and a fun item like a ball. I'm just so glad I can help the child and their family! Have fun getting to know your child!
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Thank you for taking the time to chat
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Reva, 

It looks like you have been able to have a good conversation with other sponsors and received some insight, but I just want to fill in the gaps a little. Please do let me know if you have any further questions or concerns. 

I am so sorry for the disappointment in regards to the new letter process. We have worked hard to provide both speed, quality, and assurance of delivery in our new letter processing system while balancing that with what we have learned is most important about our program - the relationship that is built between the sponsor and child. When asked, our families reported over and over again that they prefer words of encouragement in the form of letters over gifts. 

First, please rest assured that your letters and scanned items are high quality printed on high quality paper (as Denise mentioned). We went to great lengths to acquire high printers and printing supplies at each of our country offices for this purpose. The same printed scan quality that you receive in the mail is the same quality that your child receives on the other end. 

Only pop-up cards, musical cards, stickers, and bookmarks are currently being physically mailed. That said, scanned and digitally sent items are quality printed as well and go much faster than mailed items. You are also welcome to send whatever you would like through a friend going to your child's country or if you are visiting yourself. 

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