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I want to know if I can actually mail items to my sponsored child? I would like to mail her things for Christmas.
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Melissa Kiger

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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hello Melissa, 

This is a great question! 
 
Thank you so much for having the desire to bless your child this upcoming Christmas! :) 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 cards, bookmarks and stickers. All of these items must be 100% paper. Anytime you send something to your child, please make sure to keep it to six pages 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. 

If you would like to make a donation, we encourage you to make your donation for Christmas by the end of October to ensure we can get this processed in time. Please note that we have two options for giving Christmas gifts to the family.
 
Our first option is our Christmas Fund. Christmas fund contributions are generally given in October of each year. All Christmas donations are combined and then divided evenly among every child in our program. We typically suggest that sponsors give an amount of $25 per child, if they are able. With this fund, we purchase a meaningful gift specifically for each child and help purchase gifts for children who are not yet sponsored or whose sponsors are not able to give. We do this because we want every child to receive a gift and to be included in a special Christmas celebration at their church-based center. 
 
Secondly, you have the option of giving a donation directly to the family for Christmas. This would be used for the whole family and not specifically your child. You are more than welcome to donate in both ways if you so choose.
 
We encourage our sponsors not to give directions on how the family should use the money because the process we have in place ensures the family will use your gift for what they need the most. The local Compassion staff will meet with the family when the gift is delivered to help them decide how the money should be spent and guide them in using the money wisely. You may choose to send this by check or call into our call center and we would be happy to process this for you. Please make sure to include your child's name and child number and indicate the gift is for either a family gift or the Christmas fund. Our mailing address is as follows:


Compassion International
Colorado Springs, CO 80997
Note: a street address is not needed as we have our own zip code.

Please let us know if you have any further questions! :)