Valentines Day gift.

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I cannot give the minimum of $60 for Valentines Day to both of my families. I could provide that for one or give each $30 but I don’t see that I can send an alternate amount. Please advise.
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Suzy Smith

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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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There is no requirement to send a Valentines Day gift at all. I don't have any email from Compassion suggesting I send money at all.  Where are you seeing this?

However, when sending a child gift, it is never a requirement to send any specific amount -- you can send any amount from $10 to $100.  The only difference is you will only receive a picture of the gift if the gift amount is $60 or more. You will definitely receive a thank you.

Here is the link to the Gift FAQ:
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Sierra, Employee

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Hi Suzy! Thanks so much for reaching out, and I sincerely apologize for any confusion that's been caused about any Valentine's Day gift notification. According to our records, we haven't sent anything out about Valentine's Day in particular; rather, we sent out an email yesterday encouraging supporters to give a $60 Family Gift; when a supporter does that, they receive a photo in return.

However, as Sarah mentioned above, there isn't a requirement to send a specific amount at any point during the year for a Family Gift. You are welcome to send a Family Gift in any amount between $25 - $1,000 at any point during the year! Also, you can send any amount between $10 - $100 to your child specifically at any point. :) Please let us know if you have any more questions!
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Abigail Dekker

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This is the first year I have received letter in the mail. Is this a new program? and will it now come every year? I'm a single mom and while I can give this year I will probably not be able to do the extra $60+ for a couple years until I finish my degree. My concern is that my child's family might rely on the new amount and will be let down when I can't give. Please advise.
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Abigail, 

Thank you so much for your message! Please know that our marketing team is always working on new ways to make sponsorship feel more exciting for sponsors and the children. This is a great example of one of those campaigns that they have chosen to do for that very purpose. It not only helps the child and the family, but it also helps get our sponsors to be more active and involved. However, please know that they change these campaigns constantly. Some of the ones that do better and receive more positive feedback may be sent out again, and others will not. It is really too soon to tell on this one. However, please know that the families you are blessing are not going to get accustomed to this. We actually do discourage you from regularly giving so that this does not happen. What I mean is some sponsors want to give a family gift every 3 months and we discourage that because that can cause dependency. We would hate for them to be accustomed to that, and they have to stop, and they are right back where they started. Instead, we truly encourage you to give when and if you are able and feel led. I would absolutely ensure you that giving this year for Valentines day is something very special and does not mean you should feel obligated in the future, even if this is offered again.