From the Field

Packed with love: Sending letters, packages to your sponsored child

Does your sponsored child really get the letters and packages you send? The answer: Yes! We followed one package from Seattle to Colomi, Bolivia, to see what it looks like for a child on the receiving end.

 

Want to send a package to your sponsored child? Gifts must be mailed in an 8.5 inch by 11 inch envelope, so space counts. We asked our sponsorship experts how to maximize every inch. Consider including:

  • Stickers
  • Balloons
  • Regular and colored pencils (don’t forget the sharpener!)
  • Coloring books
  • Small puzzles
  • Notebooks or pads of paper
  • Bookmarks
  • Bandanas
  • Handmade items like small paintings or flat craft projects
  • Hair ribbons
  • Picture postcards of your hometown
  • Photos of you and your family

Please don’t include crayons (they’ll melt in transit), food, jewelry, money, or toys like fake spiders or snakes that could frighten young children.

A letter from you is a great finishing touch to add to your package! Not sure what to write about? Here are some ideas:

  • Describe your family and friends (first names, ages, tall/short, what they like)
  • Describe the city where you live
  • Explain your relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Your interests and favorites — Bible verses, colors, animals, subjects in school, sports, hobbies
  • Stories from your childhood and great memories
  • Recent holidays and how your family celebrated them
  • Tell your sponsored child why you’re thankful for them
  • Thank them if they’ve sent a letter or picture to you
  • Give genuine compliments (talents, accomplishments, etc.)
  • Ask about their hopes and dreams (what they want to be when they grow up)
  • Ask about what they’re learning in school
  • Ask about their favorite games and sports
  • Remind your sponsored child that you are praying for them

Find more information about where to send your letter or package to your sponsored child at My World Vision.

  1. Login with your account information.
  2. Click “visit my profile” beneath the sponsored child you’re trying to send it to.
  3. Click “send letter/package” and the instructions will pop up!

Child Sponsorship

View All Stories
A World Vision staff member walks through a sunflower field with two brothers.
From the Field

Birthday parties leave lasting gifts in sponsorship communities

Sugarland group members Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush
Voices

Q&A: Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland

Latin America/Caribbean

View All Stories
A catastrophic eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano on June 3, 2018, has affected more than 1.7 million people. World Vision is responding to the needs of children and families in its San Pedro Yepocapa service program area after the Guatemala volcano eruption.
From the Field

2018 Guatemala volcano eruption: Facts, FAQs, and how to help

James Orlando, a member of World Vision's Global Rapid Response Team, gives water to a little girl during a relief supplies distribution for Hurricane Irma survivors Sept. 14 at Bethel Assemblies of God Church in Immokalee, Florida.
From the Field

2017 Hurricane Irma: Facts, FAQs, and how to help