Just yesterday we received a postcard from Gladis, the little girl we sponsor through One Child Matters. I keep falling in love with her. Her card was so sweet. She’s too little to write herself, and you could tell that she was telling someone what to write.
…I am happy for the present you sent and will take care of it. I like to color and draw and I like books with pictures in them…
What was the present we sent? Last fall, Malachi and I made her a bracelet. We went all out with pinks and purples. I couldn’t help myself. Malachi was so sweet and loved making this for his “little sister-friend” in Honduras.
Writing and sending letters to your sponsored child is such a meaningful way to connect with them. Including little gifts is also a lot of fun and always blessed the child, not to mention, it always gives us such joy to share what we have.
What items are okay to send along with a letter to your sponsored child? One Child Matters does have strict guidelines. Rightly so. They know what ships well and what doesn’t. They don’t want your gifts to become damaged on its way to your child. Here are some great suggestions:
- Photos of your family
- Colored or painted pictures your children have created
- Flat paper items – like bookmarks, stickers, or postcards
The gifts need to fit inside a standard business sized envelope. Always make sure you include your child’s ID number with the enclosure. The bracelet we sent wasn’t flat, but it did fit the other guidelines, so it was okay. Here are items you need to avoid sending:
- Bulky items and used gifts
- Seeds, cash, coins, and magnets
- Crayons, chocolates, and candies (these can melt along the way and ruin your letter)
- Electronic items and musical greeting cards
When our family was blessed to spend a day at the One Child Matters in Colorado Springs last year, we got to spend several hours sifting through sponsor correspondence. We checked to make sure ID numbers were on enclosed items, and readied them all to be sent overseas. It was so much fun (and a little tear-jerking to me) to see all the sweet love going out from sponsors to their children.
With our newest letter heading out to Gladis, I plan to print off some coloring pages for her – seeing as she likes to color. :) That should ship well and be fun to receive.
What items have you sent to your sponsored child?
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