why only paper gifts?

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I have just started to sponsor a child (very excited!) and I just wondered a couple of things about letter writing.

Why are only paper gifts allowed, rather than (for example) a crocheted bookmark?

Also, why are the rules for sending packages different to some other child sponsorship charities?

Thank you
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Elizabeth Batty

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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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For the paper gifts part, I expect it is because they send the physical items as "Documents" -- which must meet certain requirements. And they would prefer to send as much electronically as possible -- saves on postage costs and is more assured to arrive (versus depending on various countries postal systems)

And every organization sets their own rules and decides how they want to do things. I know the organization I send to that can handle more than just paper gifts does NOT scan their letters at all. Most are hand delivered with someone who is physically travelling to the location. 
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Teresa Dawn

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Yes with Compassion you are sending to USA and international shipping is very expensive if it's not labeled "document".  Other charities you send to the child's country as that's where the main offices are located.  There's also different custom fees for different countries and some include that in the price of sponsorship, some don't.  Some have different guidelines depending on which country your child lives in, so that'd be the difference.  With Compassion though you can send your child money to buy other gifts in their own country by sending a child or family gift.  You can suggest what they use it for (though they don't always follow the suggestion if there is something they need more, they often do)
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Elizabeth Batty

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Thank you Sarah and Teresa :)

I’ve seen in other posts that pop up cards and musical cards are ok, so I was wondering if light up cards are ok, too?

Also, I’ve seen that bookmarks are allowed - does this include ones that have a seemingly moving image on (the ones where the image changes depending on how you look at it)?
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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I hope so! I've sent one of those 3D-like bookmarks to my correspondent in Rwanda. At the least I was not notified not to send it!
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Hi Elizabeth!

Welcome to the Compassion family! We are very excited to have you! :)

Sarah and Teresa have already done a wonderful job answering your questions, but please let us know if you have any other specific questions! We are so thankful that you desire to send your child gifts of love and encouragement and we just know that your child will feel so special! 

Please know that you may send a holographic bookmark if you would like. However, it cannot have writing on it, nor can it have jewels or tassels or anything like that. :) 

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