What address can I send actual gift items to?

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Also, how long can I expect the gift to arrive to my sponsor child?
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Carla Gard

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Posted 8 months ago

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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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There are very few actual gifts you can send to your sponsor child. Here is the FAQ https://www.compassion.com/letter-writing/letter-writing-topics-faq.htm
The address is:
Attn: Child Correspondence 
[No street address necessary] 
Colorado Springs, CO 80997
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Sarah, Official Rep

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Hi Carla! Sarah is correct. We are able to physically send stickers, bookmarks, and musical cards to the children in our program, but we are not able to send other items. Everything we send to our country offices is declared at a customs as a document. If custom officials find anything in a box of letters that isn't a document, we are heavily fined and the box can be held for weeks, possibly months. On top of that, there is a high incidence of theft when sending packages to the developing world, and shipping items overseas can be quite costly. Instead, we encourage you to send a monetary gift. The child and family, with the assistance of church staff, will purchase what they need most, which also benefits the local economy of your sponsored child by supporting local businesses.
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Holly G

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Hi Sarah! Are we still allowed to send stickers? I see this was from 4 months ago, so I just want to make sure. Thank you!
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Mackenzie, Employee

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Hi Holly! Yes, you can still send stickers! We can process a total of six pages at a time, so we recommend sending five sticker pages and one page that is your written note to your child.
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Holly G

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Thank you! :)