When should I send my child a gift?

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My child has a birthday next month. Will he get my gift and letter in time?
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Shaina Moats

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We encourage you to send your birthday gift and letter about two months prior to your child's birthday. This will allow enough transit time for it to reach your sponsored child around their birthday. However, if it is closer to your child's birthday, no need to fret. Go ahead and send your letter and gift and they will still receive it- just a little late. No worries though, your sponsored child will be so excited no matter when your gift and letter reaches them.
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Rae Lynn Adcock

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How do we get their address? I can't find it on any of my app info
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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You cannot send a physical gift (except for cards, bookmarks, stickers, etc) unless someone is going to the country in person. You send those paper gifts to Compassion at their address with the child's ID clearly marked on it or you can send a money gift electronically by calling it in or through your account.
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Rae Lynn Adcock

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Well that is a bummer!!! Thanks for the info!
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Janet Tse

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If i want to send my sponsor kid a birthday card and a financial gift, will he receive both at same time or he will receive one before the other? If I would like to to receive the his birthday gift and card at the same time, can I send the birthday card by mail and pay the financial gift online?

thank you.
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Oh okay, that is an excellent suggestion! I will definitely talk about it when I receive the thank you letter instead to avoid any possible confusion. 
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Veronique Fournier-Wynne

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I was told recently by Compassion that he takes almost 6 months for the family to receive a money gift. I was very disappointed and do not understand why the money sits in the bank for so long...
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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It can take up to 6 months to receive a thank you letter for a gift sent. It does not take 6 months for them to receive.
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Veronique Fournier-Wynne

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Hopefully they will receive it. It has been 4 months now. I just was not ready for this. 
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Veronique, 
I am so sorry for the frustration this is causing you. Please know that I see you gave this very sweet and generous gift back in June, and therefore I am sure that by now your kiddo and their family would have already received this blessing. As Sarah mentioned, it typically takes about six months to receive a thank you letter and picture for your gift, which means you should receive that pretty soon! Thank you again for blessing your child and their family with this gift! 
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how early should i send my sponsor child his christmas and brithday money to make sure they will recieve them on those events?

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Timing of sending birthday/Christmas gift?.
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Lauren P.

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My child's birthday is on November 1. When would be the best time to send her a package so that it will get to her close to her birthday?

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Birthday gift arriving on time.
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Brandi Gorham Stanton

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How far ahead should I send a mailed or monetary gift to arrive in time for birthdays or Christmas?

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Mailing/contribution timeline.
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Christina Wheeler

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How early should I send my child money for his birthday?

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Birthday gift money.
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Claudia Jackson

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What is the time frame from when I make a gift donation and the gift is deliver to my sponsored child? I want to give it with enough time for the gift to arrive for her birthday.
She lives in Uganda. Also, how long does it take for her to receive letters?
Thank you.

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Gift time frame.
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Jill Holt

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When should I send a monatery birthday gift? Will they get it close to the day or should it awhile ahead?

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Monatery Birthday Gift.
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J Dezel

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Sending Christmas or birthday money.


How long will it take for my child to get money I send to him for birthdays or Christmas? A week or two or more than a month??
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
How long in advance do I need to send my child a birthday gift so that it will be received by them on/close to their birthday?.


I know that it takes time to process. I want the receiving date to be relatively close to his birthday.
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Hi Abigail! That is a great question and thank you for wanting to bless your child in such a tangible way! I merged your inquiry into this conversation because others have also asked this question. Please let me know if I can help you in any other way.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
When should I send monetary gifts for birthdays/christmas?.


How long in advance do I need to send my sponsor child birthday money for her to get it around her birthday? She lives in India and her birthday is early Sept.
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Hi Vikki! That is so sweet of you to want to bless your child in such a tangible way! Regrettably, it takes two to three months for monetary gifts and letters to be sent. I would recommend sending a gift and a letter as soon as possible. Your child will receive them late, but she will be so blessed that you thought of her. :)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled When to send birthday and Christmas gifts to Bolivia?.

I am a new sponsor to a little boy in Bolivia. His birthday is Dec. 2nd. How far in advance should I send a birthday and christmas check? I want to make sure he recieves them by December. thankyou
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Elaine,
Congrats on your new sponsorship! I would recommend that you send your birthday and Christmas gifts to your child in September or October. It can take 2 to 3 months for the financial gifts to reach your child. Even if it reaches them after their birthday or Christmas, they will still be told that the gift was for their birthday or Christmas! You will also get a note from the child saying what they used to gift money for. Also, 100% of the birthday or Christmas gift goes to the child.

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