Writing and sending small gifts are great ways to bond with your sponsored child.
Sponsoring a child is one of the best ways you can invest in the life of a boy or girl in poverty. Your generosity and support will make a tremendous difference to that child, and knowing that you are helping a child receive essential food, health care and educational access can be immensely rewarding. Many of ChildFund's sponsors find that reaching out to the child they support through letters, photos and notes is one of the most enjoyable aspects of being a sponsor, and aside from writing letters, you can also send gifts. Here are some tips so that your sponsored child will be sure to receive your gifts.
Writing letters can help you form a lasting bond with the child you sponsor, and over time, you may be tempted to send him or her a gift. However, customs procedures vary from one country to another, and a bulky envelope or box likely will not get through. We recommend sending something flat that fits in a flat envelope.
There are many things you could include with a letter to brighten your sponsored child's day. For example, photographs or postcards make excellent keepsakes and also provide the child you sponsor with a glimpse into your life. If you have children of your own, drawings and pictures make great presents and can help your children think about life in other countries and different cultures. Just remember — if it's flat and light, it likely can be sent as a gift to your sponsored child. Stickers, ribbons, origami paper and coloring book pages are ideal presents.
If you would like to give a gift for Christmas, birthdays, or other occasions, we recommend gifts between $20 and $50. ChildFund requests a $3.50 donation when sending monetary gifts to help offset the costs associated with processing, distributing and safely delivering the funds. If you would like our assistance with giving your sponsored child a monetary gift, please call us at 1-800-776-6767. Our representatives will be happy to assist you.
If you're not already a ChildFund sponsor, consider becoming one today. For just $28 per month, you can bring hope to a child in need and ensure they have access to the food, education and health care they need to emerge from poverty and live happy, rewarding lives.