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.
You attended a concert a couple of weeks ago or maybe someone spoke at your church and your heart was moved to sponsor a child through Compassion. Yea! Congratulations!
And then, just yesterday, you received a welcome packet for this new member of your family. As you look through it, you read the section titled “Write to Him” and you think, Wow! I can’t even remember the last time I wrote a letter, let alone sent a card to someone! What in the world am I supposed to write to this child?
You can write letters online or by using our Compassion App, but a lot of our Pinterest followers like to also use regular mail so they can send fun and creative paper items to their sponsored children.
This month, for our Second Friday Letter Writing Club on Pinterest, we want to encourage new sponsors on their journey and share four tips for writing your first letter to your sponsored child.
1. Introduce your family.
- Send a photo of your family.
- Fill out an “All About Me” page.
- Put together a booklet about each member of your family.
- Have a little more time and want to get a little more creative? Get out your stickers and markers to make this booklet shared by a fellow sponsor.
2. Tell about where you live.
- Print out a world map and color in where you live and where your sponsored child lives.
- Print out one of these coloring pages for the state you live in.
- These coloring pages have fun facts about each state.
3. Share a Bible verse.
- Print out one of these cards or sets of cards to mail.
- Follow the steps in this post to create your own graphic quote.
4. Ask a question or two.
- Here are a few letter-writing prompts to get you started.
- Check out our other blog posts about letter writing.
Now, don’t feel like you need to use all of these ideas! Just pick one, write a short note, and pop it in the mail. Then next month, pick another fun printable or craft and pop that in the mail with a short note. In just two to three short months, you will receive your first cream-colored envelope with a letter from your sponsored child, and believe me, that will be an exciting day for you!
Want to find more creative items to mail to your sponsored child?
- Be sure to follow us on Pinterest.
- Join us as a member of our Second Friday Letter Writing Club board, where pinners share ideas related to our letter-writing theme each month. Share your Pinterest profile in the comments below to be added to our group board.
Do you have questions about corresponding with your sponsored child or the process for sending and receiving letters? Ask us below by leaving a comment. We’d love to help!