Traditional letters versus digital

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I think the idea of the digital letters is brilliant! I love how easy it is to work and have sent many letters through the app already. I just got my packet on my child today and a question arose -- if all letters, cards etc are digitally scanned and sent, what would be a benefit of sending a traditional letter?

I understand there are situations where you would want to (so they see your handwriting, a personal card and to mail stickers, ect) but for the most part, isn't it more beneficial in regards to time, money and even convenience to send digital letters, cards and photos, since they get scanned anyway?

Am I missing something here?
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Leslie

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Kathy F. Boe

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I suspect the ability to send in a handwritten letter was retained as a courtesy to sponsors who may not be very comfortable using the computer-based writing system, or who just aren't handy at working with photo attachments.  But I think you are right, Leslie, it is usually going to be more expedient to write a letter online, unless you are sending stickers or the other limited types of items that are still sent to the kids by regular mail. 
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Valid point. I love the option of using than App! You can write to the children while waiting at the doctors or for appointments and send them photos often, without needing to get them printed all the time!
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I would not assume at all that the 'ability' to send a handwritten letter 'was retained as a courtesy to sponsors who may not be very comfortable using the computer-based writing system.'  I use the online tool every single day - sending a LOT of letters -  and I am happy with it as I can include photos.  However, there is also something to be said for a handwritten letter so I always send handwritten replies to each child's letter that I receive.  It adds a personal touch and is achnowledged by many of my kids as being something special and makes me seem more real to them.

I will also add that for some countries such as Ethiopia, India, Bolivia, and some others, I don't know that the scanning method is quicker - at least I haven't seen it yet.  I have dozens upon dozens of letters sent/submitted by me since April 13th and to this moment these letters still sit 'in translation' 2+ months later.

Just some thought from a nearly 9 year Compassion® sponsor.
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Thanks for sharing. I was in the habit of answering child letters by handwriting on the stationery. Although with the new system it is tempting to write online. Thanks for sharing that some of your kids let you know the handwritten letters are special.

I agree, I am still waiting to see if the new system will be faster. I noticed my letters are piling up waiting for translation too.

I think it is great that you have been such a dedicated sponsor for so long!!

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