Yes, encouragement and inspiration are the most valuable things you can include in your letters to your sponsored child! If you want to add more, consider lightweight, paper-based items, and of course, photos of you will be the best!
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
- 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.