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What Can I Share in Letters to My Sponsored Child?
Posted By Shaina Moats On December 6, 2011 @ 12:38 am In Letter Writing | 30 Comments
Ideas for writing your sponsored child are a very popular topic on this blog, on Facebook … pretty much everywhere. In the contact center, we hear lots of questions about what you should and should not write.
While this list is not comprehensive, I hope it’s a helpful guide for you.
Topics to write about:
Talk about your children, parents, cousins, etc. Tell stories about family members and friends, and tell your sponsored child why you’re thankful for them.
Tell your sponsored child funny stories (remember that time Fido ate the Thanksgiving turkey right off the table when the family wasn’t looking?!).
Don’t you remember that person who spoke into your life when you most needed it? That’s YOU to your sponsored child! Don’t take the honor lightly.
Just as you are interested to know about your child and family, they are delighted to hear details from you!
Topics to Avoid:
First, let me state that this is not meant in any way to make you feel guilty. You are already doing an incredible thing by sponsoring a child. This information is just to help you be wise in how you communicate with your precious sponsored child.
If you’re feeling the pangs of guilt, stop and read this first: Not Guilty: Using Your Blessings for Good .
Want to try your child’s diet for a while? Check this out: 40 Days of Solidarity with the Poor .
Don’t talk about the size of your home or that you have a car (or multiple). Be cautious not to be callous when talking about things you own.
I’ve been asked if a picture of a theme park would be okay to send; I think that’s fine. Bottom line, use your best judgment and if you’re not sure, it’s best to call and ask us or don’t send it at all.
Finally, I’ve compiled some resources for you. Feel free to share your own ideas and resources for letter writing topics in the comments!
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