question concerning gift money

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I just finished reading the most recent email containing the Photo of the Week. I became concerned when the article stated that the child in the photo was playing with a toy truck his "center" had given him. He is apparently a sponsored child so I would expect that the gift was actually provided to him by his sponsor. I am wondering if the children are either not making the association between the gifts coming from the sponsor (by way of financial giving) or if they just aren't being told where the gift is coming from. My child has never mentioned anything about any gifts my financial support has purchased/given him especially the extra money given for birthdays and holidays. It makes me wonder if he even knows that I am sending him birthday and holidays"gifts". I would like some reassurance that this extra money is going where I think it is. Thank you. Nancy
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Hi Nancy,

My understanding is that money we send for Christmas gifts is pooled and split evenly at each center so that no child is left out, even if they don’t yet have a sponsor. Each child in the center gets a hand-picked, wrapped present for Christmas. It would probably be difficult to label them as from a particular sponsor, so I imagine they are given through the project so that all children feel equal. Birthday gift money also buys a hand-picked gift or gifts, but that is delivered to your child and is from you.

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The Christmas gifts are indeed pooled so that every child gets one (only because sponsors donate to make this happen), but they always say here that children will be told that their gift is from you.  

Other gifts of "extra money" are for your child alone.  You should always receive a thank you in a letter at a minimum.  I'm sure the staff will look into it for you on Monday.  It is always fun and interesting to hear what they buy, and it gives you insight into the family's situation.

Here are some blog posts about distribution of Christmas gifts at the centers.  There was one a few years back about the different processes the centers use to buy the gifts, but I couldn't find it!  The one I found most interesting is that some centers put out samples of gifts in advance so that the children and parents can pick what they want or need most.
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Thank you, Jennifer. What a great reply. I love the links you provided!
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Thank you so much, Kristin and Jennifer, for your great responses! Nancy, both of these ladies are correct. Whenever you send a gift (Christmas, birthday, or otherwise), your child is told the gift is from you. The photo of the week is possibly highlighting a gift that the center actually provided for this child; oftentimes, sponsors who go on mission trips to these areas will donate toys for the center to distribute at their discretion. Have you sent gifts that you have not received thank-you letters for? If so, we would be happy to look into this for you, and request that your child write you a letter, letting you know that the funds you sent were not wasted!

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