Questions about which paper gifts will be physically delivered

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Hi! We just started sponsoring a child on Christmas and we are beginning to put together our first letter. Now I’m realizing all of the restrictions. I understand that it’s better for compassion if we don’t mail paper gifts with all letters, but we’d like to include them with our first letter. We have so many questions, so very grateful for all help. So here’s my first question: my husband is a painter and we’d like to send a watercolor on paper. What’s the best way to ensure the actual physical paper with the painting reaches our child? Do I need to write my letter on the back to make sure it is included in the physical mailing and not just scanned? Or make it into handmade folded greeting card? Will that reach her? Also, we might like to add perforations to our painting to punch out a matching game. How do we make sure it isn’t held up or cancelled because it’s a “paper craft”? Should we just print dotted lines so that she can cut them out instead? Second question: If we send a pop up card, should we leave it blank to make sure it gets physically sent? Finally, how many pages would it be if we send a letter with a painting on the back, a front and back page of photos, a pop up card, and a sticker sheet? 4? Or 5? We are finding the page count to be confusing. Thank you very much to anyone who can offer guidance :)
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Hi Bonnie! 

Thank you so much for your interest in investing in the life of your little one! We are truly so thankful that you would take the time to figure all of this out in order to bless them with letters and gifts! These are great questions!

We encourage you to send letters and cards as often as possible. However, please know that the only physical items that are able to be sent are musical and pop-up cards, bookmarks and stickers. All of these items must be 100% paper other than the stickers which may include plastic stickers also. As you asked, if you would like to send a painting, this must be done on regular paper, and we would highly discourage you from having perforated lines, as this may be seen as more of a craft rather than a painting. However, you may include dotted lines with instructions to cut if you would like. 

Anytime you send something to your child, please make sure to keep it to six pages (front and back) or less. All letters, coloring pages or pictures will be scanned into an electronic document, unless otherwise noted above, and then printed in the child's country office to be delivered. In your example, you would be sending a total of 4 pages which would work perfectly. Here is how we would count it:
1 page (front & back): letter & painting
1 page (front & back): photos
1 page (front & back): pop-up card
1 page (front & back): sticker sheet

Please do not write in a pop up or musical card, as they will need to be scanned if you write in them and we want to ensure they do not get damaged. We would prefer you write your message on a separate sheet of paper if you would like to add a message. :)

Whether or not we send your items physically is dependent on what is sent with the items. If you send an item that must be physically sent, such as pop up or musical card, bookmark or sticker, everything with that will also be sent physically. This means that anything with writing will be scanned for translation but then all items will be packed together to be sent physically. 

I hope this helpful! Please let us know if you have any further questions! 
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Hi Shannon, thank you for writing such a quick and thorough response. This answers all of my questions completely! Really appreciate it. -bonnie

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