Walking through the store this weekend, a display of Valentine’s Day cards caught my eye and reminded me that we hadn’t sent any Valentine’s goodies to our Compassion children yet. While our letters may not arrive at their destination by February 14th, we still wanted to share them with our children.
This morning, while Kaya and Luna sat down to some learning, I pulled out the needed supplies and started on another round of letters.
We decided that the Pet Pals valentines were the most gender neutral, so those are the ones we chose. I had some heart printed paper bags in my craft closet, so we will use those as well.
Before I started writing letters, I printed up ten sheets of stationary on paper with colorful birds along the top and bottom. I also printed our sponsor number and each child’s name and number on labels, which will be stuck on each paper bag.
Before writing, I always look at the picture of the child I’m writing to and I pray for them. I ask God to lead my pen and to bless the words I share.
(Truth is, with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I have relied heavily on the new online letter writing tool over the last few months. Except for the handwritten birthday cards we’ve sent out recently, the last few rounds of letters have all been sent online! I still pray before writing that way, though.)
Our Johan in East India was first on the stack and so the first letters was for him. Once I finished writing, I took some Valentine’s Day cards and stickers and put those in his bag.
As some people have asked me, I do send things like this even to our older Compassion children. I tell them that they are free to pass on any items that they do not wish to keep and I don’t imagine that they would be offended by receiving these tokens of our love and affection.
Once Johan’s goodies were tucked in his bag, I used a paperclip to keep the bag closed and also to attach his letter to the outside of it. I arrange it so that the label with the necessary information is seen from one side and the letter is facing the other side so that no matter which way you look at this bundle, it is clearly labeled.
Because I send to multiple children, I use a large manila envelope to mail our letters. I slipped Johan’s bundle in the envelope and started on the next letter! If I find that ten bundles will make this envelope too bulky, I might end up splitting the shipment up into two different envelopes.
It may take me a day or two to handwrite all ten letters, but I will certainly have everything mailed out by mid-week so that the children will receive them in February or March.
Do you have a method to Letter Writing Day at your house? I would love to hear about it! Are you sending Valentines to your children around the world? Tell us about them in the comments below!