Friday, October 8, 2010

Christmas Cards for Unsponsored Children

Did you know that you can send Christmas cards to Compassion International’s unsponsored children this year? I know! Exciting huh?
Here are the guidelines:
-Cards must be received by 11/30/2010, so mail them soon!
-Send "general cards" that would be well received by boy or girl, young or old.
-Include a cover letter explaining that the letters are for unsponsored children.
-You may direct the cards to be sent to a specific country, otherwise they will be split between countries.
-Mail the letters to

Attn: Laverne, Sponsor Correspondence Team

Compassion International

Colorado Springs, CO 80997

Let's make this Christmas special for every child in Compassion's program!


Jill Foley said...

I did this last year and was wondering if they were doing it again. You answered my question and saved me a phone call today! Thanks!!

We actually made our own, more of a letter. We (my girls and I) did about 5 different ones and then photo copied them 10 times each so we had 50 to send in.

Judy said...

This is awesome! Thanks for the info!
I'll probably link to this from my blog if that's ok. :)

Sydney said...

Since it's the last of October, do you think it's too late to mail some Christmas cards to CO? If not, how should they be signed and should I include anything in the card (like stickers).
Thank you!!

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

I was told we have until the end of November! :D I don't know how they will be able to process all of the cards so quickly, usually we have to leave 2-3 months for travel and translation time, but I was given that date by people who are "in the know" with Compassion. At any rate, we have a big envelope that I will be mailing out next week just to give a little extra time.

Shannon K said...

I have the same question as Sydney -- do you know whether can we include little "extras" in the cards? I was thinking of a sheet of stickers and/or a business-size card with a Bible verse...

Mama G. said...

This is great! I love being able to help send some love to the unsponsored kids. I have a box of cards in my closet that will be perfect! I don't see any reason why you can't send in a sheet of stickers or something small, if you paper clip or tape it to the card. Thank you so much for sharing this ministry opportunity!

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

I think it would be fine to add a little something to your card, maybe just paperclip it to the card or slip it in the envelope?
Thank you all for spreading some cheer to these children! <3

Mama G. said...

I found several batches of old cards in my closet from previous years that I am going to use for this project. I am going to get my youth group to help me add a message to each of them. Does anyone have any suggestions of what to say in them so I can guide our students?

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Because my cards already have a short message already printed in them and I want to leave the left hand side blank for translation, I just write 2 or 3 sentences in them. The first is wishing them a joyful Christmas with friends and family. The second is about the birth of Jesus. (Something like, "We are so blessed that Jesus came to Earth to take away our sins.") On some of them I added a sentence about God having a plan for their lives. I know they are waiting for sponsors and may be discouraged, so I want them to have hope in God's plan.

JD said...

Michelle, you've inspired me to do something for next Christmas... when the Christmas cards go on sale after this Christmas, I will stock up on as many as I can, and begin to write in them a little at a time in advance for Christmas 2011... I'll just set them aside in a shoebox until October, and then mail them off.

I don't know if Compassion Canada has the Christmas Card program, but I can always send them to Colorado!

Thanks for leading us to be better sponsors and advocates!

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

That is a great idea, JD! I think I'll do the same and fill them out during the year. I could fill up a big ol' Priority Mail box by December 2011!
I was able to find boxes of 24 Christian Christmas cards at the Dollar General for just $2 a box. I bought 2 boxes and am still working on filling them out. I'll gather up whatever I have done by next Monday and ship them out then.
I am so thankful for the positive feedback. It makes my day to know that, in some small way, I can inspire others in their ministry to these Compassion kids. <3

Jessica said...

Ended up on this post through compassion's blog! :D

And now I SO know what I'm doing with those misc 2 and 3 cards that get leftover every year. I actually just looked, and found some cards that go back to our FIRST Christmas together, 10 years ago! Sheesh.

You have given me the correspondence bug, Michelle! I am so hitting up the Dollar Tree tomorrow for more supplies. :)

And I might just have to copy cat blog you again!

Shannon K said...

I went on a mission tonight and prepared 52 cards that I'll send in later this week. Thanks so much for giving me this idea!

Thanks too to those who mentioned buying ahead at after-Christmas sales -- I think I'll have to do that!

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Jess, you're welcome to copy-cat my blog posts anytime! :D

Shannon, that is quite an accomplishment!! Way to go!

Jessica said...

I found 16 pack Christmas cards at the Dollar tree, 2 for a $1 today.

That's right, 32 cards for a $1.00!

I better get me to writing....

crystal said...

I'm going to do this today! Thanks so much for this info. Do you leave the envelope blank for the translators to address?

Berit said...

Michelle ~ I have really enjoyed your blog and your passion for Compassion children. It is clear that you are inspiring many people.

Just a comment on the card sending in the event it will help ... I just called Compassion to ask about the Christmas card envelopes. (Seal them, don't seal them, leave them blank, etc.)
I was told that the cards and contents are removed from the envelopes. Anything added to the cards (like stickers etc.) are placed into the standard Compassion envelope that they always use for 'extras' and attached to the back of the card.
The representative I spoke with said that if we were sending several cards in a larger package, we didn't even need to send the envelopes that come with the cards at all.

I am not sure how this coincides with the information you have already but I thought I would pass it on.

Thanks again for all the inspiration.

kathy55439 said...

‎20 plus cards ready to go just from stuff I had in my card box. I am really glad Compassion has given me a good way to use the stuff I have been given or collected over the years....... Thank you for letting me know about all these other ways to help with Compassion

bonnie said...

Can you give me an example of what to write inside a Christmas card for an unsponsored child?

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Some of mine said something like:
We hope that you and your family have a nice Christmas. Remember that God has a plan for you and your life. "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart" Proverbs 3:5 With Love and Prayers,
The Wright family

Christina said...

This is a good information page. I just bought some Christmas cards at my local Salvation Army thrift store for .25 a box of 18 card. I'm going to keep checking there every so often and keep buying them. Then fill them out until September.

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