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Hi, I received a scanned copy of my child's letter and artwork yesterday with a note that explained the updated system. All well and good. But the note doesn't explain if our children receive our handwritten letters the same way. Also, paper gifts. Is the artwork I create for my little girl (sometimes after many days of hard work) being sent as a cheap scan, or does she receive the real thing? Post cards? When I buy these for her on roadtrips, will these now be sent as scans? I'm asking so I can decide how to adjust the gifts I send. Many thanks!
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You should find the answers to your questions in this post:

Below is some information from the post linked above that should help answer some of your questions.  Hope this helps!

Beginning April 11, 2016, all original letters between sponsors and children will be digitally scanned, translated and emailed. Children will receive high quality prints of your letters.

In order to facilitate the digital letter delivery process, Compassion has made the following changes to our letter writing policy:

  • All of your correspondence should include a personal letter to your child. Enclosures received without a personal letter cannot be sent along to your sponsored child.
  • Your letter and any enclosures should be completely flat and made of paper. 
  • Letters and small paper gift items should be no larger than 8.5” x 11."
  • Total number of items (including stationery) should not exceed six sheets of paper, including your letter to your child. 
  • If we are unable to send an item or if the items are in excess of six sheets, we will make every effort to notify you via email. These ineligible items will be donated or discarded at the discretion of Compassion's child correspondence staff. 

Compassion provides translation for the letter you send to your sponsored child up to the maximum of six sheets per letter. The “six sheets” rule is replacing the 1/4” thick rule that has been our standard in the past. Please note, only the following items will be physically delivered to your child, up to a maximum of six sheets. 

  • Stickers (flat, not puffy or foam)
  • Bookmarks
  • Musical greeting cards
Some flat paper items enclosed with your letter will be scanned and sent electronically with your letter. The following scan-friendly items will be scanned first, digitally sent to your child’s country office for printing, and then delivered to your child:

  • Letters
  • Photos
  • Postcards
  • Greeting cards
  • Coloring pages
  • Paper crafts
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Hi Cortny and Gayla. I'm another sponsor like you, and I just wanted to share that it sounds like you both have wonderful hearts for the children that you sponsor and love to spend time making artwork for them to make them feel special, loved, and to bring joy to their hearts. I'm so sorry for the disappointment that you both are feeling with the new system. I want to encourage you that I believe Compassion has worked very hard to make the items that we send our kids that are scanned and printed as high quality as possible. I know that the artwork that you have made and sent to your children are treasures to them and I'm sure that they will be such a blessing to them as a printed copy with the new system if you decide to continue sending those items. Please do continue sending your children your artwork. I imagine that it is so inspiring to their own creativity and something that brings beauty into their world of poverty. If I may, I just wanted to share another perspective about the new system that I hope will be an encouragement. The Bible says in Proverbs that "Death and life are in the power of the tongue," and I wanted to share that verse as a reminder of how important our letters are to our sponsored children. The words that you share with them are so powerful and we have such a great opportunity to bless and encourage our sponsored kids and speak hope into their lives with our letters. My hope is that you will see this new letter system not just as a limitation, but as an opportunity to build a closer relationship with your sponsored children through your letters. God bless you both for helping to release children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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