What to send

When you write a letter to your sponsored child, you may want to also send a little something extra too.


Your sponsored child would love to see you, so why not send a picture of yourself? Please be sensitive to the child’s needs though – don’t send photos of you and the family eating your Christmas meal – as this could provoke jealousy.


Like any child, sponsored children get so excited to receive a gift through the post – and they’ll usually share their few possessions with their brothers, sisters and friends. Bear in mind your child’s age and whether they’re a boy or a girl. If you ever do think of sending a gift, here are a few popular suggestions – and remember it needs to fit into an A4 envelope:

  • Balloons and stickers
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Crayons, pencils and pens
  • Colouring books, snap cards or a small jigsaw
  • Finger puppets or a rag doll.


If you would like to send money to your child and their family, our Supporter Care Team can arrange this for you (please don’t send the money directly) – just call the team on 01908 84 10 10. Your gift – also known as a Gift Notification - needs to be £75 or more as there’s quite a lot of work involved getting it to your child’s family. They will then agree with our staff what the money will be spent on, and you will receive a letter and photos back from your child within a few months time

For further guidance on what to send, click here.

To read about our range of tools and ideas to use when writing to your sponsored child, click here.

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