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Love Shines Through in Letters from Children

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WRITTEN BY Robbie Peterson

As long as there’s been mail service, delivery of a hand-written letter ignites a special kind of excitement. So it isn’t surprising that a highlight of Food for the Hungry (FH) child sponsorship is when children write to their sponsors. That’s why we wanted to share a selection of some of our favorite letters that have been received by FH sponsors recently.

Artwork stars in some of the letters, complete with wide-eyed wonder, healthy trees, and – very often – smiling suns.
There is something very authentic about the serene landscapes created and shared by these young artists.
Flowers bloom, rivers flow, and happy families live in little pink houses. The colored-pencil pictures express just how excited the child, their family, and their entire community are to be receiving the life-changing benefits of FH child sponsorship!
In addition to the pure joy and budding talent that the letters can reveal, writing and exchanging letters is an excellent way to build a meaningful connection. 
It is very personal and reveals so much about the writer, their life, their emotions, and what is most important to them.
It’s also an opportunity for sponsoring families in the U.S. to learn a little bit about the child and their culture.

A special part of sponsorship is that a sponsor can also write their sponsored child. Children are just as excited to receive letters from their sponsors! Writing to your sponsored child is the best way to get to know and encourage them. You can send letters for special occasions or to share something specific, but it’s great to write throughout the year. You can also send a letter any time by mail or online.

For helpful instructions on how to send your letter and some guidelines to keep in mind as you write, go to fh.org/letters.

Thank you so much for making a difference in the life of a sponsored child!

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Our Favorite Child Sponsorship Letters

How God Showed Up for a Bolivian Family in the Form of a Letter

A Sponsor Letter Journey: From One Heart to Another


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Gift Policy:
You may send small, flat paper-based items that can fit into a standard #10 size envelope, have a value of less than $5 dollars and weigh less than 4 ounces. We ask that you send small, flat items of this size because shipping is expensive and even small gift items can cause issues clearing customs.
You can send postcards or photographs, however, we ask that you visit here for more details about culturally appropriate guidelines for photos and other images. Please write the child’s ID # on the back of each item that you enclose with your letter to ensure that it reaches him/her.
Best gifts to send your sponsored child:
  • Paper dolls
  • Postcards
  • Pictures of yourself or family
  • Sports cards, individual cards (baseball, soccer, football)
  • Stickers (flat, paper-based, only a few at a time)
  • Paper-based simple bookmarks, stationery, drawing, or writing paper (single sheets)
  • Coloring pages (single sheets, not books)
  • Please do NOT send:
  • Monetary gifts
  • Liquids, candy, or food
  • Batteries or magnets
Please note, all items should be compliant with airline transport and safety regulations. Gifts that don’t meet the gift policy will be donated to a local Christian non-profit organization in Phoenix, Arizona, that works with low-income families. We will not be able to return them.