I’ve had a few recent emails asking about the types of items we can send to our Compassion International sponsor children. The Compassion website gives these specifications:
Because of strict mailing and customs regulations in the various countries where Compassion works, we cannot send our field offices items that exceed 8-1/2" x 11" and 1/4" thick.
ITEMS THAT CAN BE SENT
Baseball and football cards
Calendars, smaller than 8-1/2" x 11"
Laminated flowers and leaves
Magazines, less than 1/4" thick
Pages from coloring books
Photos of you and your family
Small books within our guidelines
Watercolor paint books (without paintbrushes
Here is a list of some of the things we’ve sent to our sponsored children:
~lots of photos and photo collages (also scanned in the child bio pictures and sent copies, many families don't have photos of their own children)
~soccer sports cards
~paperback blank journals from Dollar Store (must be thin, flexible and bound with staples.)
~printed off world maps with stars over where we live and our Compassion child lives
~thin softcover books (Dollar General has many Bible Themed ones. Keep in mind that Compassion will not translate a whole book. For Bible stories, I just write the verses covered in the front cover.)
~coloring sheets and activity pages like mazes found online and printed
~collages made from pictures from nature magazines
~how to draw tutorials found online and printed
~many of the small Dover Publications activity books and paper doll books (they're mostly just $1.50 each and fantastic quality)
~business cards from Vistaprint with Bible verses on them
~gift bags (with neat holographic designs) for the children to store their letters and items from me
Oriental Trading has a wide variety of neat things you can send to your sponsored child. These colorful boxes fold flat and can be decorated and personalized with permanent markers and stickers. They also carry many Christian crafts and items that fit within the mailing guidelines.
I have also heard that the children really enjoy the greeting cards with music that plays when you open them. They also make a version that allows you to record a short greetings. Imagine how happy your child would be to hear your voice!
Keep in mind that you do not have to mail in a small business sized envelope! We always send our packages in larger manilla envelopes. This gives you a bit more freedom in choosing fun gifts to send! Also, remember that every item you send should be clearly labeled with the child's name and number as well as your sponsor number.
Mail them to the usual address:
Compassion Intl./ Child Correspondence Dept. / Colorado Springs CO 80997
I don’t think we’ve ever sent a letter to any of our sponsored children without at least one little “extra” to go with it. Sometimes we will also send along extra coloring sheets for the siblings of our Compassion kids.
If you have any great ideas for things to send, please leave a comment and share!
You can find a post with more ideas here!