Possibility To Send More Than Paper Items?

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I may be wrong, but I believe I read somewhere that the limitations on items we can send to the kids is because it costs more for shipping. Like I said, I may be completely wrong about this but if it is the case maybe Compassion could consider charging a shipping fee for anyone wanting to send items other than paper such as a t-shirt or book, etc...
There could be a separate list of acceptable items to send for this option & separate size limitations.
I just know that a lot of sponsors would love to send our kids stuff every now and then. If it's not a possibility, I completely understand.
It would just be neat if something like this could be implimented.
Thank you :)
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I believe the reason why we cannot send more than paper options is actually because in customs it will either be confiscated or hold up an entire shipment because they want the customs fee for something that is not a 'document' since that is what the shipment it sent under. I don't think charging 'shipping' is necessarily the problem. Thanks for your thought though!
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Hey Taylor! Thanks for sharing your idea. Unfortunately, it's not one we're able to implement at this time. There are a few reasons for this:
1. Shipping costs aren't the only additional charge. It would also take additional time for our staff to process, transport, and deliver packages.
2. Regrettably, stealing packages and shipped items with value is very common in some of the countries we work in. Even if we were to ship a gift, we can't guarantee that it would make it to the child.
3. It's difficult to choose a culturally relevant and appropriate gift. The countries we work in are very different than where we live. Something that you or I deem as an appropriate gift may not actually be.
4. By choosing to send monetary gifts instead of actual items, the child/family is able to choose what they really need. For example, it would cost about $80 to ship a doll ($20 doll, $60 shipping). For $80, a family could purchase needed house supplies, food, clothing, etc. within their local market. This also helps to bring in extra revenue to their local community.

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