Postage when sending a hand delivered card

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I am about to send our first musical birthday card to our sponsored child and saw the recommendation to include the card in it's original envelope unopened (& I'm guessing unaddressed too?) in a larger envelope to Compassion International. I was not sure if I needed to put postage on both the card envelope and the outer, larger envelope, or just the large one addressed to Compassion International?

Also, any advice on what should and should not be on the unopened inner card envelope? We were thinking to decorate it but I'm not sure if the postal service will see this at some point or if it will remain in a larger, outer envelope until it reaches our child.

Thank you!
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Shauna Connelly-Coster

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Garry Sagel

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Shauna, I am another sponsor. You don't need postage on the actual card, just the large envelope. As far as the card's envelope, I would put your child's name and number. Don't put any kind of address on it.
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Hi Shauna! To clarify, we recommend putting the envelope in a larger envelope because we don't want to send anything with your personal contact information (like a return address) to our field offices. This means we will only send the inner card and if the envelope doesn't have anything on it, we will send that too. Please do put your child's number and your ID number on any of the items you are sending so that we know who it was intended for. You are welcome to decorate the inner envelope with stickers or colorings, but please avoid anything with metal or that does not lie flat. We will be placing it in a box to your child's country and we will register it as a document. Metal will set off the metal detectors in customs. Lastly, please only include postage to get the item to our USA office. We will take care of the rest as part of your sponsorship. :) 

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