When I send a monetary gift to my child, can I choose what is purchased?

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I would like to donate money to my child as a gift, and maybe have 5 to 10 items on a gift list. Then have commpassion international buy the gifts where the child lives. Since I can not send gifts to them in the mail. And since compassion international buys stuff for the children ( or donated stuff) anyway, why not buy the things I request. How can I do this? If I send the gift money you guys will buy the stuff my sponsor child wants anyway, I want some input in the process. Thank you
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Michelle Wright, Champion

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You can specify what you want the staff to buy, but there are difficulties in putting that stipulation on a gift. If the child has a more pressing need and maybe already has the item you've requested, the gift may not be as useful.

I often send financial gifts and just leave it up to the staff that knows the family and their specific needs. You can see pictures of what was bought with some financial gifts on my blog: http://www.bloggingfromtheboonies.com Scroll to the bottom. You will see that often, the families like to buy a stockpile of food or livestock. Not something *we* tend to think of when it comes to gifts, but it fills a dire need for the family.

I have also been blessed to come to know sponsors who have offered to bring actual packages when they travel. One great way to network with other sponsors is to join OurCompassion.com. I have made many friends and have been able to send a gallon ziplock bag filled with gifts. This gives us the chance to send things like markers, teddy bears, matchbox cars etc. This may be something you would want to look into.

What kinds of things do you have in mind for the financial gift you want to send to your child?
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You are always welcome to provide comments with sending gift money that will be passed along. If you donate online, then click the link for 'I have special instructions about this gift'. If you donate over the phone or via a check in the mail, then simply give the request then.

For example, some children live in areas where malaria is prevalent and some sponsors have sent gifts specifying that if the child does not have a bed net (ie, the one provided fell into disrepair or the child's project has not yet received bed nets for the newest arrivals), then they would like a bed net purchased. I know another person sent a family gift with instructions to pay for doctor's care for a child's grandfather (caregiver) who had severe burns in the past that caused ongoing medical complications. If you sent a birthday gift and suggested a toy, then if that child did not have more pressing needs (such as food, clothing or school supplies), then a toy would be purchased. It isn't that a toy is unimportant, but if a child only has one outfit to wear, then the child and the child's family likely would prefer to buy another outfit before buying a toy. I am always happy when my children have purchased something fun in addition to food rather than only food as while food is a basic and important need, having fun as a child is important also :-)
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Erica Gardner

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I want to send my sponsored child's family a gift. Do I have the option of sending them a gift of livestock like we did for Christmas? Or is Money the only way to send gifts?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Family gifts.
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Shaina Moats

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I believe you're referring to purchasing livestock from our gift catalog. If so, this gift does not go to your child, but to a child that is in need of the item you purchased.
While you are welcome to suggest what the family should purchase with your monetary gift, they will make the final decision regarding what is purchased.

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