What kind of monetary gifts can I send to my sponsored child?

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I know I can't send a package, but I'd really like to send my sponsored child a monetary gift. Is that possible? How much can I send? When will they receive it?
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You are welcome to send a monetary gift to your sponsored child. On average, it takes 2-3 months for it to reach them.

Birthday Gift $10-$100
General Gift $10-$100
Family Gift $25-$1,000

Also, when your sponsored child completes Compassion's program, you may send them a Final Graduation Gift between $10-$2,000.
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who do you write the check out to when sending a birthday gift
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Shaina Moats

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Please make the check out to Compassion International.
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Moore WJ

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Is there a way to process this via a credit card
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Sarah Reinhardt Hanks

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How do you do this? Just send cash US dollars, or a check...insert it in the birthday card?
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Mail your gift to Compassion International. Colorado Springs, CO 80997. Be sure to include your sponsor number in the memo line with a note letting us know what the gift is for. We prefer that you send a check as sending cash through the mail cannot be guaranteed.
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Can I send a check to my sponsor child? And if so who do I write it out to?

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Can I send Checks to my sponsor child?.
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Shaina Moats

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Please make your check out to Compassion International.
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I want to send my child some spending money of her own. Can she exchange American dollars for pesos? Since I can't send her large items like clothes or shoes, I would like her to have some of her own money so she can spend it on whatever she pleases.

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Can I enclose spending money for my child in a letter?.
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I am so confused!!! Last year (2012) when I began to sponsor my child..Lili Vanessa Vergara Rivera CO-610-0427 I was told I could only send $100 to my child for the year....which I did (sending her $50 for general {intended for personal Christmas gift} and $50 for her birthday {which isn't until February 14, 2013...but was told that I needed to send it in 2012 so it would get to her by her birthday}. But reading through some of the info on here, I now see that under "How Much May I Give", it says I can give $200 to the child and now I need to know WHICH IS CORRECT????????? Help please! Thank you! Jeannie D'Amico

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Help a lady!!!.
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I think Shania explains this well at the top of the thread:
Birthday Gift $10-$100
General Gift $10-$100
Family Gift $25-$1,000

So no more than $100 for the child and a $1000 for the family.
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This is still not clear. Shania states: Birthday Gift $10-100
General Gift $10-100. That by my calculations says you can send $200 a year for the child. Plus family gifts up to $1000.
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Jeannie D'Amico

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So it should say no more than $200 for child and $1000 for family
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Luis Jr Herrera

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I think the best and safest way to do so is online.
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Moore WJ

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Is there a way to process this via a credit card
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Moore WJ

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Is there a way to process this via a credit/debit card
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Yes, you can process this via credit/debit card. Simply log into the "My Account" section of www.compassion.com and follow the link for "Additional Giving." There will be three drop down menus for General Child Gift, Birthday Gift, and Family Gift. Use the appropriate drop down to select the amount. Click the "Continue" button to continue to checkout for this gift.
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It takes 2 or 3 months to get to him? Ughh
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Hi Connie! I know it seems like a long time but it does take about 2-3 months for monetary gifts to be sent. We are trying to be good stewards of your money by sending only one wire per month which includes all support and gifts to each of our countries. This helps us save money on wiring fees so that more money goes towards the children. However, this does mean that we need a considerable amount of time to wire the money and to work with the family to purchase gifts. We send out reminders to each sponsor for Birthday Gifts 3 months prior to their child's Birthday to give you time to send a gift. We also send out a reminder about Christmas Gifts in September for this same reason.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Question about additional gifts for sponsored child.


I noticed that there is an option to give up to $200 a year per child as an additional gift. Is that go by calendar year or by month that you started sponsorship? Thanks!
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Is it possible to send to many gifts (paper items, stickers, ect)? I am so excited to start sending some, but I wonder if I should only send a few at a time or if I should send some every couple of months? 
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I am also wondering: is it best to spread out the $ gifts through out the year or does it not really matter (My child's birthday is at the end of Oct and then Christmas in Dec) I am wondering for the future if I send a general or family gift if I should try to send in the Spring? 
I am sorry, for so many questions-  I am also wondering is it best to send a larger family gift all at once or to break it up into smaller amounts (totaling the same amount) over the course of a year?
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if you are sending a family gift, I would send it all at one time.  This would cut down on the work that the staff has to do as far as bookkeeping, and someone taking the family shopping.  Also, they usually suggest that you don't send it the same time of the year, if you are going to do this on a regular basis, as the family starts 'expecting' it.  Send a birthday gift if you want.  The Christmas money is all put into one fund at Christmas, and then the total amount divided up by every child in Compassion, so that everyone is receiving a gift.  As far as paper gifts, I know a few people do send a bunch of stuff at one time, but I would divide it out and not send it all at one time.  Often a little is more special than tons of things.  You can also ask for correspondence kids to write to, and then you will have more kids to send all this stuff to.
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Oh, so all the Christmas gifts go into a fund and everyone in the compassion program then gets a gift from this? Does it matter is their sponsor donated or not? 

Okay, so it a little at a time but frequently is better (for paper gifts)?
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Debbie Skacel Tovar

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Yes, for Christmas, they go to all Compassion children, sponsored or unsponsored, so that all receive a gift.  I don't know how old your kid(s) are that you are sponsoring, but remember you could have them for anywhere between to a new years to 20 years (up to age 22).  Ask yourself if you really want to send that much stuff that often, and keep that up for years.  These kids basically have nothing, and while it's great to send paper gifts, I don't believe a child needs a bunch of stuff all at one time.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I want to send a present but forgot address. Please supply so I can send it..
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Hi Brenda! Thank you so much for your desire to bless your child with a gift :). I merged your inquiry into this conversation in case you had questions about the monetary gift options that you had. You can send your gift to the following address: 

Compassion International 
(No street address necessary)
Colorado Springs, CO 80997

Please be sure to write your child's ID number and your sponsor number on the check, along with the type of gift you're sending to your child on the memo line so that it is designated correctly (ex: birthday gift, family gift). 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Sending gifts.

I was wondering where I send my child's gift to. It's almost her birthday and she is turning 4 and I want to send her a gift but who do I send it to? Also where do I put her number and my sponsor number at?

Thank you.
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Hi Bailey! In addition to what Debbie already kindly explained, I merged your inquiry into this conversation so that you can see the types of monetary gifts you can send. 

If you do choose to send a birthday card, please mail it to the following address: 

Compassion International
[no street address necessary]
Colorado Springs, CO 80997-0004

You can just write your sponsor number and her child reference number on the back or inside of the card :). 

Welcome to the Compassion family!
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there are hundreds of threads I see on sending gifts. What stops sending gifts direct to the sponsored child, in Ethiopia for example.
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Hi Roger! In the past, we used to allow packages to be sent to children. However, we want to be good stewards of your donations and our resources and we found that this was not as efficient as it could be for a few reasons:

1) The cost of shipping and duty exceeded the value of the gift. 

2) The risk of theft or loss of the package is very high. 

3) The logistics of getting the package to the child cost valuable staff time. 

4) Delivery services in developing countries are rarely as operational as they are in the U.S.

This is why we only send paper items to your child but we also allow monetary gifts. For tracking, privacy and security purposes, we do not allow sponsors to have their child's mailing address and vice versa. We receive everything in our Colorado Springs office first and then send it onto the field offices. From our main office in your child's country, it is then delivered to your child.