Can I send multiple child letters in one envelope?

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I sponsor three children from three different countries and was wondering if I could send all three of their letters (and coloring pages) in one package, or if I had to use three different envelopes? Also, I know things that are sent have to be paper, but is a painted picture okay to send as long as it is on paper?
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KristenH, Champion

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Hi Liz, yes you are definitely able to send things all together in one envelope. Just make sure each item is clearly marked with the correct child's info!
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I know the limits for the package is 1/4 inch, but if I send all the children together, does that mean my whole package can only be 1/4 inch, or is it that each child's contents within the package can only be 1/4 inch?
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I have a bunch of children - 25 - and I get a one price box from the post office to send the batches to Compassion. I put each child's letter and enclosures in a plastic sleeve (3-hole punched that would go in a notebook). I use a permanent marker on the outside of the plastic sleeve to write the child's number, number, and my sponsor number. I decorate it with stickers. Inside I put my child's name and number on everything too in case something slips out in transit. I make sure each child's package is 1/4 inch or less. If it is more, you can separate it into two packages to ensure each is within bounds. For birthdays I often use gift sacks (remove cord string) and do the same thing - write on the outside. Since it is back to school time, I've been picking up cute pocket folders to send my kids. Those will go through too. Lots you can do to be creative and stay within restrictions. 
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This was very informative. Thank you, Sandy. I am always looking for ideas to use as my child gets older. He is only five right now so I keep things simple, but hopefully, interesting. I love this idea.
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Hi Liz! Basically, each individual child's portion needs to be under 1/4" thick. 
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So if I am just planning on sending a package every other month or every 3 months, can I send each child 2 folders full of coloring pages, etc. if they are both under 1/4 inch? Or am I limited to one folder/package per child?
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Liz, please keep it to 1/4" per child per time. We always do everything we can to send everything we can but we ask that you stick to the guidelines. 
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Susan, I know this was answered 2 years ago but I just wanted to verify if this can still be done. Can multiple letters for different sponsor children still be sent together (even if different countries) as long as everything sent for that child is clearly marked and follows guidelines 1/4 thick, etc? My mother and I both sponsor children in different parts of the world so we were hoping to send one package. As long as our child # and sponsor # are on all the pages we send for those specific children (according to who has which child of course), can this be done? Thanks!
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Hi Ces! Yes, you may still send multiple letters for different children in the same envelope. The 1/4" thick guideline has actually been replaced with a
new one that is your total number of items for each child cannot exceed more than six sheets of paper, including your letter to your child.
As long as your child #s and sponsor #s are clearly labeled on every sheet of paper you send and you don't send more than six pages per child, you can absolutely send both of your letters to your kids together :).
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That's wonderful news! Thanks so much for the response, Sarah, that would certainly make it a lot easier for us. :) 
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Mr. & Mrs.Hughes

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So, does that idea above of sending multiple folders in a one price box, or envelope, still work with the new guidelines? And how does that fit in the size limits?
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Hello Mr. and Mrs. Hughes! You can still send multiple letters together in one box or envelope if that is what you mean, but folders are no longer able to be sent to the children. The new guidelines do not affect multiple letters being sent in on envelope because we separate the letters to the different children once they get here anyway. Your individual letters will still need to be in a size 8 1/2" x 11" or smaller and no more than six pages front and back.
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Yes that's what I meant. Thank you for the info. I have another concern, we started sponsoring Maria Clara #BRQ45400577 in October. So far we haven't heard from her. I understand about the new changeover but wondered if you could check to see if there is a letter on the way . I don't know how to check it on the web site. Thank you Cathy Hughes
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Sarah, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hello again! Maria is so cute! Her sponsorship actually looks like it was officially set up in mid-November. It can take up to four months for sponsors to receive the first letter from their child, but I can see in the system that there is a letter being processed from her :). You should receive it before the end of March. Please do let me know if you don't, and I will send an inquiry to check on its status for you. I do hope you receive the letter before that time though!
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Mr. & Mrs.Hughes

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Thanks again, I'll keep watching for her letter