Saturday, April 23, 2011

More Goodies for Your Compassion Kids!

A few weeks ago, my awesome Mother-in-law handed me a big box of goodies from Oriental Trading Company to send to our Compassion International children! While Compassion sends all items through customs as “documents” and we have some mailing restrictions, if you are creative you can send a lot of great items along to your children.
Here are Compassion’s mailing guidelines:
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 need to be paper or cardstock, we cannot send plastic, foam, metal etc.
So, I snapped a picture of just a few of the items that my Mother-in-law brought us.
HPIM3892 Items pictured are: Color Your Own Child of God Crosses, Noah’s Ark Sticker Scenes, Cupcake Boxes with Crosses, Continents and Animals Make a Sticker Scenes, Cross Fuzzy Pictures, Wreath of Jesus’ Life, Cross Gift Bags, He Lives Bags, Magic Scratch Postcards and Cross Bookmarks.
Items from Oriental Trading Company come in packs of twelve, most times. If you don’t have local sponsor friends to split the packs, you can always send extras to your Compassion Child and ask them to share with their family members or other children in the project. Remember, you do not have to send your letters in a business sized envelope! We always send our Compassion packages in big manila envelopes!

If you’re looking for any other ideas for goodies to send to your sponsored child, check out my Most Popular Posts to the right!
I hope you all have a great Resurrection Sunday!


faithlikemustard said...

I always get so confused about what can and can't be mailed. I worry that it's too thick! Thanks for sharing this.

Jill Foley said...

very cool - I recently sent some butterflies (from OT) that could be decorated with stickers and then, when put together, they are 3-D.

Sofia said...


Would you (or anyone else reading) know if puffy stickers will go through? I just sent some in a card, and now I'm scared that they won't make it!

Thanks for your amazing site!!

Bev Sykes said...

I always get great ideas from your Compassion posts! Thanks so much.

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

I am happy to share these ideas!

Jill, I saw those butterflies on your Compassion Family site and thought they were neat! (I also got the book What the World Eats at the library and am finding it fascinating! Thanks for the suggestion!

Sofia, I am not sure if they will go through or not. I would think so. If they can't be sent, Compassion will contact you to let you know!

Shannon K said...

Thanks for this post, Michelle -- I'm making an album on HotPrints right now! Do you know whether Compassion will translate short captions in photo albums?

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Hi Shannon! I was just telling someone on the Blogging From the Boonies Facebook page, I am not sure that they would translate captions. I suggested putting a number next to the photos and then writing a letter that says something like:
1. Photo of our church on Easter Sunday.
2. So and So before church on Easter.

and so on... If it is in a letter, they would translate.
Hope this helps!

chipsndip4ever said...

Hi Michelle... a/k/a my personal Compassion Int'l go-to gal!! :) I'm still learning about what I can and cannot send... and in this blog, it made me think... do you think I can send some glow-in-the dark Christian "silly bandz"?? thanks!! Tressia

Susan {Lilbear} said...

Hey Michelle! I love that OTC has so many neat items. Just the other day I got some cool things at a Michael's craft store for our Compassion and OCC kids. There were these adorable mini notepads that had really ornate covers (50cents) and thin 4" wooden crosses and some more stuff. I also found pretty girls socks for 1 penny! I'm trying to figure a way to package them so they lie nearly flat...I hope they pass muster!

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Tressia, at the end of last year, I was told by someone from Compassion that Silly Bandz were going through. (Technically being rubber bands, they were going through as documents.) But a few weeks ago at the conference, someone else from Compassion told me that they were no longer going through. From what I was told, the rules at customs change frequently.

Susan, what great deals! I can tell you that wooden crosses and socks will not go through with Compassion, but they are great for OCC boxes! The note pads may go through, depending on their flexibility and what the cover is made of. Someone also told me that Michael's has mirrors on cardstock that are going through right now. (The mirror is also cardstock, somehow!) They are in the baking section at Michaels, from what I read on OurCompassion.

Lana said...

I always look forward to your posts! What great ideas! Thanks! :)

Patricia said...

Thank you Michelle! These are fabulous. I can hardily wait to go home and scan through all my Christmas Photos to see which ones I would love to send my children. You have some very fantastic ideas. Many blessings to you for 2012....

Anonymous said...

I have a bunch of Bella Sara trading cards that I like to send to our Compassion Child. They have pictures of horses on them and alot of them are really pretty. They're fairly inexpensive, only a couple dollars per pack. I send just a couple at a time. They're just cute little cards to have!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your blog. I'm confussed about the size of the envelope that you send to Commpassion for your child. I know I've read it needs to be 8 1/2 x 11 in size, but can I send it in a 9 x 12 clasp envelope to Compassion? Also for the bookmarks above, did you replace the ribbons on the bookmarks? Thanks for your help. Lisa

Anonymous said...

Do you have to take the crafts out of the "plastic sleves"??
I like the idea. Oriental Trading is inexpensive and there is lots to choose from.
Thanks for your help. I am a new sponsor.

Corrie said...

I know some of these posts are older, but thought I'd chime in... I believe the rule is that items need to stay under 1/4 inch thick (at least, that's what a lot of Compassion's comments on their own Pinterest board indicate). I think it also somewhat depends on what type of item you're sending-- an item on cardstock that is 1/8" thick might be less of an issue than smaller items that might prompt a corrupt customs person to think there might be something of value/something that is not a document inside (someone mentioned sillybandz-- those would definitely change the shape of the package. Also for example, Compassion says you can't send jewelry, even though that could often be less than 1/4" thick.) For the person who asked about envelope size-- since my understanding is that Compassion repackages the letters to be sent out to the different countries and programs, it wouldn't be a problem to send your items in a larger envelope, as long as the items themself fit the size limits.

Thank you for the ideas on this site, it is sometimes hard to come up with new ideas, though I like to send a little something with each letter I send to my two girls!

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