supplying for my sponsored child

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Hi my name is Teresa Solis. Me and my husband were wondering if there was anyway for us to buy our sponsored child clothes, school supplies and send it to him?
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Emily James

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Hi Teresa!  That's awesome that you and your husband want to bless your child with clothes and school supplies.  Although you cannot buy them here and mail them to him (all items mailed to your child must be 8 1/2" x 11" and made of paper for customs reasons), you can send him a monetary child gift and ask that the money be used to purchase those items if they are needed.  When you send a child gift (or any extra gift beyond your monthly support), 100% of that money will go directly to your child, with none taken out for administrative fees.  The project workers at your child's project will then meet with the family to discuss what the boy's most pressing need is at the time and they will take the child shopping to purchase the items.  Although they will try to honor your request to use the money on clothes and school supplies, if there is a more pressing need, they will buy that instead (for example my kids often use gifts to buy food).
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Thank you so much for your reply. We will definitely send a gift to our child. 
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Andrea Watt

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It's like Emily said. Some of my kids their gifts buy clothing, but some of them it's usually food. Everything varies depending on the individual family needs. But I've always seen really good results from the process :)
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Thank you Andrea. I'm glad to hear that there has been good process results about the gifts sent to the sponsored child. I'm glad that i got an answer about my question right away.
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Teresa, I found out this year that the nice, pretty folders for notebook paper that are a little larger than 8 1/2 x 11 will go through, as long as they are the lightweight cardboard kind,  will go through!  I am such a rule follower and since they are a bit larger than "allowed" I didn't know they would go.  I put copy paper for drawing and notebook paper for their school work in them. I send workbooks from the dollar store because they are usually thin enough to go!  One of my girls in Ethiopia is taking English now (at my encouragement!!!) and she said it is so hard!  So I sent her preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade work books to practice English!  I also send Christian workbooks purchased from Christian Book Distributors!  I am on the email list for Christian Book Distributors and every once in a while they offer free shipping with a $35 order so I try to always get the free shipping.   Are you on Facebook because there are a couple of Facebook groups for Compassion Sponsors if you are interested.  You have to be invited because they are private groups to protect the children's privacy and we like to post pictures etc.  If you are interested send an email to Emily Van Houten or Susan Saylor at    socialmedia@compassion.com   and request to join the group Compassion Sponsors/Correspondents Facebook Forum.  
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Teresa Solis

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Hi Denise, that is great news for me and my family. My husband and I will absolutely do that so that our child can learn more I'm sure that he would be happy to receive workbooks for learning, most of them have interesting things that gets kids attention. Also I do have a facebook account I hope to soon join the group. My experience for sponsoring a child has been great and i want to learn more about the organisation and ways for me to help my child and his family. Thank you so much for your help. 

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