Apr 28 2014

Letter Writing 101

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  1. Apr 28, 2014
    at 4:01 pm

    Love this inforgraphic!! I hope that many sponsors see it and realize the importance of writing to their sponsored child.

  2. Heather
    Apr 28, 2014
    at 6:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! For the past few days, I have researched all over your site and also the internet to find the statistic for sponsored children who do not receive letters. It is as if you have read my mind today! Love this blog and check it daily. Keeps me writing those letters! Thank you again!

  3. May 2, 2014
    at 9:57 pm

    To all loving Sponsors and Compassion International team,

    I came across this interesting infographic that caught my attention when I was curating and selecting topics online. I’d like to take this opportunity to support the importance of personalized letters.

    I was once sponsored by a couple in Australia when I was living in the Philippines. One of my brief personal stories is on my link with this comment. Going back to the infographic, yes I do agree 100% that personal handwriting letters are very vital to someone like me as a sponsored child. I love personal letters, customize cards and even now living in the digital age. Not all children in the “developing countries” can access internet or even have their own computers, mobiles phones, or even TV in some remote places so sharing some details of your every day chores, your work, your family, your pet family, your faith, testimonies, etc. are all interesting to know! It’s like reading pieces of book pages awaiting for the next page chapters in a personal way! For your information, I still kept all my former sponsor letters in the Philippines. Unfortunately I did not bring them with me here in Australia where I currently live with my Aussie husband.

    I would blog this infographic on my hobby website especially when I could take photos of those precious letters I archived. I am a sentimental person.

    Cheerios,
    Jennifer

    • Brooke
      Aug 19, 2014
      at 7:38 pm

      Thanks, Mrs. Jennifer!! I’m sponsoring a child right now and she’s going to be 9 here shortly. I’m 19 and I’m kind of clueless as to what to write an 8 year old. You gave me a lot of helpful starter topics, and I just want to say thanks :)

  4. Rachel
    May 15, 2014
    at 9:46 pm

    I really enjoy sending my sponsor children letters. I probably send a couple more than I receive. I’ll reply to letters and then send an extra for special occasions and such. What’s a good amount to write per year? I want to make sure I’m not going overboard…

    • Susan Sayler
      May 16, 2014
      at 9:09 am

      Hi Rachel! I love your heart to write loving letters to your children! There is a group of sponsors that writes to their children on the second Friday of every month. Once a month is great! Every two months is pretty good too. The children are required to write between two and six letters a year depending on how often their sponsor writes to them. I’d say somewhere in that range is a good amount to write.

    • Samantha
      May 18, 2014
      at 1:07 pm

      I’m not so sure you can go overboard. I’ve heard of sponsors who write every week.

  5. Jun 2, 2014
    at 5:32 pm

    Fascinating. It’s a good reminder too that kids who receive letters excel.

  6. karan Stewart
    Jun 19, 2014
    at 8:08 am

    I write my Child every week but I have only received one letter from him. I wish I would get more.

  7. Amanda
    Jun 19, 2014
    at 9:50 am

    Thank you for this encouragement. I have recently started sponsoring a child and for speed of communication send letters online. I have not received a response yet, but am curious. Does my sponsor child have the opportunity to take printed letters home to reread and show his family?

    • Susan Sayler
      Jun 19, 2014
      at 2:16 pm

      Hi Amanda! Yes, your sponsored child has the opportunity to take each letter home with him and likely has a special place at home where he keeps each cherished letter.

  8. Mary Courser
    Jul 1, 2014
    at 9:16 pm

    I have a question I haven’t seen answered anywhere else: when sending time-sensitive letters, like holiday cards, I send them several months in advance to make sure there is plenty of processing time. Does the local facility hold them until the appropriate time so my child doesn’t get a birthday card 6 weeks early?

    • Susan Sayler
      Jul 2, 2014
      at 12:38 pm

      Hi Mary! We will send your letters and cards as soon as we can. Regrettably, we do not have a way of holding, or knowing which letters need to be held, until a certain event.

  9. Jul 13, 2014
    at 3:13 pm

    Agree. It’s a good reminder too that kids who receive letters excel.

  10. Joy Kilburn
    Aug 20, 2014
    at 12:30 pm

    Hi, I am wondering how I should sign my letters?

    Thanks!

    • Emily Vanhoutan
      Aug 20, 2014
      at 12:45 pm

      Hello Joy! When your child writes to you, he will most likely address you by your first name. Many of our children may call their sponsor mom or dad, aunt or uncle, or another personal name that they relate you to. You are welcome to sign your letters however you are comfortable and signing the name you go by is just fine. If your boy begins calling you Aunt Joy and you are comfortable with this, feel free to sign your letters as, Aunt Joy. :) We do encourage that you sign it the same on all of your letters so he doesn’t get confused on who is writing to him.

      • Joy Kilburn
        Aug 20, 2014
        at 12:58 pm

        Thank you, Emily, for your help and your quick response!

        • Emily Vanhoutan
          Aug 20, 2014
          at 2:14 pm

          You’re welcome, Joy! Have a blessed rest of your week and thank you for the difference you are making in your sweet child’s life!

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