Just before having our first child Emily, my wife Jennica and I sponsored a child. We were at an event and heard a story about the impact that we can have on a child’s life. We walked over to a table and picked out the cutest little guy Sanief and decided to make room in our budget to change his life. Since then, we’ve had six kids (and now one on the way!) and with each child, we’ve added a sponsored child. It’s one tool we use to teach our kids a giving heart.
Our kids love the chance to write to our sponsored children. To tell them about what they’re learning, about our family, and about how much we love them. Each time we write our sponsored children, we receive a response, a letter or drawing.
We’re starting a letter writing club on the first Sunday of each month. Take time this day to write your sponsored children – either through the fh.org website, or by sending letters to
Food for the Hungry
Attention: Child Sponsorship Department
1224 E. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Please include your child’s sponsorship ID on the envelope and any materials you enclose, it helps our team connect you to the right child. Don’t worry about translation, our team in the community your child lives in will translate your letter into the local language.
Join us by posting pictures of your children writing letters or pictures of the letters to social media using #sponsorletters.
5 Tips to Writing Your Sponsored Child
1. Your Letters Can Be Short
Your letters don’t have to be too long. Short letters and cards are appreciated by your sponsored child and are easy for our field staff to translate. Avoid slang in your letters, most of our translators speak english as a second language so using simple phrases will help the message reach your sponsored child.
2. Talk About Your Life
It’s exciting to receive pictures from the communities our sponsored children live in and to hear stories about their lives. Likewise, sponsored children want to learn more about you. Write stories about your life, how you celebrate holidays, stories from your childhood, simple games you play together, or talk about your hobbies. Avoid talking about material possessions. Here are a few ideas you can write about in your letter:
- How you celebrated a recent holiday
- A story from your childhood
- Recent accomplishments of your kids in school
- A recent sports game your kids played in
- A hobby such as hiking, swimming, or sports
- Your favorite sports team
- Describe your family
3. Ask Questions
I’ve been blessed to travel and meet two of our sponsored children. Life is much different for them, but they experience many of the same things we do. Our sponsored child in Guatemala, Denis, loves to play soccer like my daughter Emily. Explore your sponsored child’s culture with open-ended questions such as:
- What games or sports do you like to play?
- What is a typical day like for you?
- What is your favorite subject in school?
- Who are the people that live with you?
- What are some of the things you like to do throughout the day?
- Where are some of your favorite places?
- What is your favorite food?
4. Fun Things to Send Sponsored Children
There are many things you can send through the mail to your sponsored children besides letters. You can have fun by sending things like:
- A thin coloring book
- Photographs of your family
- Origami and instructions
- Paper airplanes
- Post cards
- A small photo puzzle
5. Encourage Your Sponsored Child
Over time, you’ll develop a relationship with your sponsored child and see areas she’s improved in. Encourage this development in your sponsored child! Encourage your sponsored child about his:
- Drawing skills
- Grades in school
Encouraging your sponsored child will help build self-esteem and hope.
Please join us today as we write our sponsored children. Share your pictures, drawings, and letters on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest with #sponsorletters.