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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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.

https://blog.compassion.com/what-christmas-gifts-do-children-get-compassion/

https://www.compassion.ca/blog/6-christmas-gifts-children-in-poverty-receive-from-compassion/

https://blog.compassion.com/3-things-i-learned-at-my-first-compassion-christmas-party/

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