Friday, September 25, 2009

Dear Sponsor Child... Think Ahead!


It's April.

Time to pull out summer holiday stuff... Canada Flags, 4th of July stickers... right?


Have you ever tried to find children's valentines in November? If you've ever had to do that once, you remember the following valentine's day to put some aside for your Compassion children's correspondence the following fall.

The reality is that it takes 2-3 months for a letter to reach your child. It doesn't seem like a long time when you consider how much a letter travels...

  • From your house to your country's Compassion office.
  • From there, the letter is opened, read, and everything is checked to be sure it's labeled and appropriate for your child. It is placed into a package destined for your Compassion child's specific country.
  • Once it gets to the Compassion country's headquarters, I believe it is translated, and then sent to the child's Compassion center where it is distributed.
  • So much love, so much care and attention, as well as prayers, each step of the way.

As you get in the habit of writing to your Compassion child with a "think ahead" mindset, you begin to plan in advance for what you'll send. You'd love for your child to receive valentines in February, and Easter stuff in the spring, Christmas cards in December, no?

Do yourself a favor -- when each holiday passes, check out the clearance shelves, and pick up a few extras to tuck into your correspondence kit -- you'll be glad you did about 9 months down the road...