Gifts to your Sponsored Child - Frequently Asked Questions


Giving gifts is a great way to tangibly show your love to your sponsored child! We encourage you to give to your sponsored child in a manner that is sensitive to their culture and lifestyle. To make the most of giving to your sponsored child, please look through the following Frequently Asked Questions.


Can a special monetary gift be given to my sponsored child for their birthday?


At this time, we are not able to facilitate requests to send birthday gifts to your sponsored child. Donations that are designated for gifts will be placed in our Christmas Gift Fund to be dispersed to our projects.

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Can I buy my sponsored child a gift and send it with my letter?


Due to high international shipping costs and customs regulations, we cannot send anything to your sponsored child larger than what fits in a 9 1/2” x 4 1/8” (#10) envelope. For example, it costs nearly $150 to send a one-pound package to Swaziland. In the interest of good stewardship, we strive to keep our shipping costs low.

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Can I ask my sponsored child what type of gift they would like?


Please do not ask your sponsored child what type of gift they would like from you. In many cultures, such a question would put them in an awkward, uncomfortable position.

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What kinds of gifts might my sponsored child enjoy?


As long as your gift fits in a 9 1/2” x 4 1/8” (#10) envelope, the following suggestions may be helpful:

  • Crafts
  • Bookmarks and stickers
  • Educational activity pages
  • Coloring book pages
  • Card games
  • Finger puppets
  • Family/pet photos
  • School supplies (pencils, markers, stencils, etc.)
  • Non-metal hair accessories
  • Non-metal jewelry
  • Small maps
  • Postcards

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What kinds of gifts cannot be sent?


Because of customs restrictions, risk of loss or theft, the high cost of delivery, and other challenges, the following cannot be sent to your sponsored child.

  • Items larger than what fits inside in a 9 1/2” x 4 1/8”” (#10) envelope
  • Cash or coins
  • Seeds or leaves
  • Battery-operated items
  • Heat-sensitive items, like crayons
  • Magnets
  • Metal objects
  • Electronic/Musical Cards
  • Gently used items

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What happens to the large items I send for my sponsored child?


Large items are removed from our shipments and are not sent to the child. Our staff will attempt to contact you and inform you of this.

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What if I have sent a gift to my sponsored child, but the child has left the program?


As long as your gift meets the stated guidelines, we will still send your gift and make every attempt to deliver your gift to the child.

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Are the funds I give to the Christmas Gift Fund used only for my sponsored child?


As stated in our communications, the funds raised in the Christmas Gift Fund are disbursed to all of our projects based on the number of children who attend the project. This is to ensure that every single child we serve receives a Christmas gift, regardless of whether they have a sponsor or not.

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What if I have other questions?


If you have questions that we have not answered, please feel free to contact us at You can also call us at 800.864.0200, Monday through Thursday, 8 AM to 5:30 PM, or on Fridays from 8 AM to 2 PM (MST).

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