When sending a small gift package, is it possible to send...

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When sending a small gift package, is it possible to send a pad of sticky notes? I am also wondering about a stack of blank notecards with matching envelopes. My biggest question is this: must the total items be 1/4 inch thickness, or is that per individual item? For example, if I send a stack of coloring pages that equal 1/4 inch thickness, does that mean I can't insert a few sheets of stickers, or band-aids? Speaking of band-aids, should they be individually taped to a sheet of paper, or can I paperclip several together? If notecards are permissible, the same question applies...can they be paperclipped into a 1/4 inch stack?
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Hi Yolanda! Welcome to the Compassion support community! It sounds like you have some great ideas for things to send to your sponsored child! Sticky notes, notecards, and envelopes are all great things to send. The guidelines for sending a gift package are that the total contents of the package not be more than 8-1/2" x 11" and 1/4" thick so if you were going to send a stack of coloring pages that is 1/4" thick then some of the pages would have to be removed to fit the other items. Compassion ships everything as documents through customs and so I think that these restrictions are based on the regulations related to that policy. On the band-aids, I would recommend taping those to a sheet of paper like you said or I have used those little clear sticky dots before like you can get at most hobby stores to stick them to the paper so they lay flat. I wouldn't recommend using paper clips because those probably wouldn't go through since they're metal. I know staples are ok but I kind of doubt paper clips would go through. Plastic baggies are ok though so if you have a 1/4" stack of note cards you might consider putting them in a bag instead. Things can be grouped together into a 1/4" inch stack; the idea is just to keep them from getting bunched up together so the package becomes thicker than 1/4" in any one place. Sometimes if I have more than one thing that's small (like a stack of note cards and a stack of envelopes) I'll put each of them in a bag and then tape each bag to a single piece of card stock so the items are secure and the width stays uniform. I hope that helps. You're sponsored child will be so blessed and excited to get all the gifts you are planning on sending them!

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