Sending a Birthday Gift

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Hello, I got an email about sending a birthday gift and I decided that I would like to send one for my sponsored child.

I heard that sponsors receive a photo of the child and present if they send a general gift, it is true for birthday gift too? Since this is the first time I ever send a gift, it would be nice to know that he actually get it.

Thanks!
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Hi Adri! Photos are required only for gifts of $60 or more. Sometimes you'll get a photo if you send less, but that is not required. You will hear how the child spent the money regardless of the amount sent though. :)
Don't forget that there is a 10% fee associated with gifts. So if you want your child to get a certain amount, add in 10% to what you're planning on giving to make sure they get that full amount. I usually send $25 for birthdays so now I send $28 to cover the fee lol.
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Hi KristenH, thank you for your reply!

Your advice is very helpful! Now I feel more confident sending out my first birthday gift to my child!
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I have a few questions. I called Compassion and asked to add 10% on to the $100 that I was sending to Manuel for his birthday in September.  She said that I can't pay more than $100 at  a time and said I couldn't do that for that amount.  I was able to do it for Jackelin when I sent a small amount a while ago. Also, does the10% we add come out of the $200 allowable to send to the child? Can I be sure that he will get his birthday letter with the money?  Will he get them separately?  I still haven't had my first letter from him. I have 3 letters still in translation covering the last two to three months for each child.   Or are they inaccessible in the computer?  If I write and mail physically, will it process instead of sitting there?  
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Hi Peggy! I am so sorry for the misinformation you received from one of our representatives regarding sending an extra amount to cover the administration fee on Manuel's birthday gift. I will be sure to provide some extra training for the representative :). Yes, you absolutely can send the extra 10% on top of the $100 birthday gift. The 10% does not count towards the $200 limit you have on child gifts per year. If you still want to send that gift, I do need you to call our office back. When we do one time gifts with a bank account, which you are currently using, we have to have verbal authorization in order to process the gift. If you send the birthday card and gift around the same time, Manuel will probably get them at about the same time as well. They may not come on exactly the same day, but he will receive both of them and will be full of excitement to know you remembered him on his special day!

I am sorry you haven't heard from Manuel yet! You are supposed to receive your first letter from a child within four months of beginning the sponsorship. Because you hit the four month mark on July 20, I am sending an inquiry for you today to check on him and to make sure he gets a letter out to you right away. It usually takes between six and eight weeks for us to receive a response from the field office, but we will contact you as soon as we have a reply from them! I know it's discouraging to see your own letters in translation for so long. We are in a transitional period to this new letter system, which is causing a backlog of letters in process. The letters are going to get through the system, and for the moment most letters are taking between two and three months to be processed. Hang in there with us, Peggy! Actually, physically mailed letters will take about the same amount of time to be processed because they are scanned and digitally sent to the country office in Bolivia to be printed for your children. You are welcome to send letters either way! I personally like to utilize both methods, but every sponsor is different. No matter what way you send the letters, your words will still have the same impact on your child. Please let me know if you have any further questions for me!
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Thank you for your help.  However, when I called, I was informed that it's too late to make a change in the amount of money going to Manuel.  I had given it on 6-20-16 a little over a month ago. I will try to make it up at Christmas.  Next time I have a problem, I will have to call back to get another representative.  If they both agree, then I know it's probably correct.  Thanks again. Peggy

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