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Hello. I recently found out about giving project gifts and I would like to learn more about it. I read somewhere that each projects have a wish list of what they need. Is there a wish list for my child's center ET-711?

I also would like to know if the child gets to find out that their sponsor sent a center gift and the amount that the sponsor sent. Also, do all children in the center find out whose sponsor sent a center gift or is there an option of not mentioning the details of the person who sent the center gift?

For a ceter gift, does it still take 2 months and is there 10% administration fee?
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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi Jenny! I responded to your other posts elsewhere with these questions but I wanted to make sure you received a response to all of them.

I am emailing you the center director letter for ET711. Not always, but typically, these letters include wish lists for what the directors hope to do in the community in the future. 

Center Gifts are for the whole center. Because they are not specific to that child, and the center staff handle the gift, we do not typically share which child's sponsor sent the gift. That said, there is always a possibility that the child will find out. 

For all gifts, including center gifts, it takes two to three months to be delivered. This is because we want to be as economical with the gift as possible so we send them with the next wire. There is also a 10% administrative fee on all gifts that covers the cost of the wiring fees and to cover the time that it takes our staff to purchase a gift, take the photos, and in general deliver the gift. 
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Thank you for the information. I think the only information got from ET711 letter was that their prayers are to help children better and also to serve more unsaved children.

By the way, when you get a thank you letter, doesn't it have child ID and sponsor # in the letter that shows whose sponsor sent it ? So, do you mean only center staffs know who sent it ? How do you prevent from your child finding out?
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Jenny, are you not wanting your child to find out that you sent the gift? The center staff will arrange for the gift to be put to the greatest use at the center, will take a picture, and will send you a letter thanking you for the gift. Because your child is not involved in the purchasing of the gift and sending the thank you letter, it is unlikely that he or she will know that you sent the gift to her center but there is always the possibility that she will find out somehow. This information is not something that we necessarily try to keep confidential. 
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if I was to send a project gift, I wouldn't mind my sponsored child to know I sent the project gift, but wouldn't want him to know the amount. Also, II prefer children in the center to not know whose sponsor sent the center gift.

When the staff is writing a thank you letter then does the staff know whose sponsor they are writing to ?
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Hi Jenny, 
As Susan mentioned, we do not discuss who has given a project gift with the children, although they may find out. However, we do not discuss anything financial with the children unless they have been given a gift, and need to know how much they are able to spend. And yes, the staff at the center will likely know you by name, and know what child you are sponsoring, as they typically know these relationships quite well.  
In addition, the gift items that are available online that you mentioned, are actually funds that you may give to. However, these gifts cannot be given to a specific project or child. The funds from the gift catalog are actually pooled together for each item, and then used in projects that have the largest need for each item. Furthermore, the amount on each gift is merely a suggested donation, but you are welcome to make a donation in any amount that you feel comfortable with. 

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