Share Your Letter Writing Ideas: #compassionletter

UPDATE: Since the publication of this post, letter-writing guidelines have changed and as a result you may not be able to send some of these items through Compassion’s correspondence system. Before you send your letter, please review our letter-writing guidelines.


For the past two days, there has been nothing in my mailbox. This is a very strange occurrence since most days my mailbox seems to be filled with lots of junk mail. And with four sponsored children and eight correspondent children in our family, you can bet that we look forward to the days when a cream-colored envelope appears with a letter from one of our Compassion children who we consider to be part of our family.

Over the past year, on our Second Friday Letter Writing Club board on Pinterest, many letter writing ideas have been pinned on how to make wonderful paper items for our sponsored children that can be mailed. And quite a few of you are responsible for pinning some of these very creative paper projects and printables.

I always see questions from sponsors asking what is appropriate to send to their sponsored children. So this month, we want you to share with us what you are sending to your sponsored child.

share your letter writing ideasTo start the letter writing ideas off, here is what I mailed to my sponsored children last month:

We have been sponsoring Lina for almost four years now, so I sent her copies of all the photos we have received of her over the years. I also sent her a printable scripture page and a simple note, reminding her that God loves her and is always looking out for her.

Are you ready to join in with us this month? We sure hope you are! Head to our Second Friday Letter Writing Club board on Pinterest to join the club and to start pinning. We want you to:

  • Upload a photo of what you mail to your sponsored child this month and give a short explanation.
  • Use the hashtag #compassionletter in the description of your pin.
  • Share your photo with #compassionletter on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google+. Sharing your creativity can inspire other sponsors like you to continue using their imaginations to foster their relationships with their correspondent children.

We look forward to seeing all of the creative ways you are sending love to your sponsored child this month!

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  1. Robyn McIlwain January 11, 2016

    Our sponsored child, Cristhofer, lives in Ecuador and is 10 years old. I love a lot of the ideas here. Do people translate to their child’s native language or send them in English and rely on a translator? Trying to send more interesting things!

    Thank you… robyn

    1. Sarah
      Sarah January 11, 2016

      Hi Robyn! While we do have some sponsors who can write to their children in their native language, most of our sponsors write in English. Our translators in each country do a wonderful job :). I am so glad to hear that you’ve invested in Cristhofer’s life for so many years.

      1. Sunday Daniel January 13, 2016

        Hello Sarah, My name is Sunday Daniel, I live in western Uganda, Fort Portal Town.

        I have two Children A girl of 7 years and a boy of 5 years, am living
        with them but we hardly get what to eat but i keep trying. Their
        mother separated with me and she is now married somewhere else.

        Am looking for support in getting their school frees,
        We do not have a home we live in a single room where am renting, my dream
        is to educate them and have a better future.

        this year am not sure if they are going to school because even i don’t
        have a job, i have searched for jobs everywhere but all in vain.

        NB: Please advise in any way of approaching, am not good in writing
        letters but i am a needy person.

        will be glad to see your reply
        thank you, God bless you

        Sunday Daniel

        1. Sarah
          Sarah January 13, 2016

          Hi Sunday Daniel! We so appreciate you requesting assistance from Compassion for your sweet kiddos. Please email us at socialmedia@compassion.com for more information on sponsorship.

  2. DDS December 26, 2014

    We are sponsoring a young adult through the LDP. I love the ideas I’ve seen on the Pinterest board and in the blog, but they seem to target primarily younger children. Are there such collections especially for those who sponsor older teens and young adults? This could be wonderfully helpful.

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan January 6, 2015

      Hi DDS! First of all, thank you so much for supporting your young leader! We currently don’t have a collection of ideas targeted specifically towards teens and adults but we appreciate your feedback because this helps us improve our pages. This is such great input and I agree that it would be helpful to have ideas geared towards older students in our program.

      Because this is such a critical time in your child’s life and comes with a lot more responsibility and stress, you might send items that make day to day life a bit easier or help them to relax from their long day :). Maybe sending scrapbook pages and pictures to get their artistic juices flowing, or help them stay organized by giving an example of creating a day planner for themselves. When I was in college however, I found that I loved when my parent’s sent me care packages that brought me back to being a kid again, even just for a moment :). But never underestimate the power of your kind words and encouragement to your student in this time. They will absorb and embrace each word you write and that can give them the motivation they need to finish a class they are really struggling in! Thanks so much for all you’re doing!

  3. Maxine July 18, 2014

    I buy learning workbooks from costco, and tear them out and send them to my child in Africa. I put her name and number on each of them and send them 2 or 3 at a time with stickers. For a gift I often send Kieragami folded snowflakes and they are pre cut. she gets to unfold them when they arrive. I send a folded blank page from my postal stamp book with double sided tape 3 or 4 pieces to tape them onto a paper or the back of the drawing or color page. I also send step by step drawing ideas. I tell her she is smart, kind and the light of this world. I love her so much.

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan July 21, 2014

      Hi Maxine! These are such great ideas, I love the folded snowflake idea for Christmas time! Thank you for sharing them and for blessing your girl in such a tangible way! Your words of encouragment and the thoughtful gifts you send, mean more than you may ever know! -Emily

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