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!

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