Is it better for your child to write a letter online or by mail?

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Is it better to write your child online or by letter? I just want our child to get his letters in the best possible way and have the best possible experience from them thank you
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Kim Griffin Tuggle

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Hi Kim! I so appreciate you trying to make sure your child get's the best experience! That is so sweet of you!

We haven't done studies on whether the children prefer handwritten versus online letters. However, we have done studies on the impact of receiving letters. We've found that children who receive regular letters from their sponsor tend to set higher goals for themselves which helps to break the cycle of poverty in their lives. Almost every former sponsored child I have spoken with or heard speak in a larger setting, can't stop talking about the importance that their sponsor's letters had in their lives.

Honestly, the most important thing is that you are writing and encouraging your child. How you do this does not make much of a difference. Your child will receive a physical copy of any online letters that you write so they will receive a physical letter either way. If it is easier for you to write a regular letter online, by all means do that! I'd say stick to what works for you. :)
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Hi Kim,

I don't think either is 'better' than the other.  Depending on how you look at it, they may have different advantages.  Most people I've talked to say your child will get your letter anywhere from a week to 3 weeks sooner by writing online.  Writing by hand allows you to include small paper gift items, like stickers or bookmarks.

I do both.  Usually I write online, but for birthdays and christmas I like to write by hand, so I can send along extra goodies.  My kids have never mentioned that they prefer one method over another, though they always thank me when I send along the little extra things.
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I sponsor three kids and i always try and put stickers in for the kids and coloring book pages for them. So i Usually write by hand but if i know its getting close to my last letter being due and i am not done handwriting i will send  a quick letter online... usually i write every two weeks.
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Oh and if you'd like some ideas on letter writing, please check our our blog and our Pinterest page. We have all kinds of ideas there! :)
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I want to hand write my sponsor child a letter. Where do I send the letter to? And how long does it usually take for them to receive them?

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Hi, Amanda. letters can be sent to:

Attn: Child Correspondence
Colorado Springs, CO 80997

and they take 2-3 months to get to your kid.

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