Artwork in Your Letters to the Child You Sponsor

I love receiving letters from the children I sponsor. I sponsor a girl in the Dominican Republic who colors some precious pictures in each letter she sends us.

Doesn’t it just make your day when you get artwork from the child you sponsor?

Have you ever considered that your child would love to receive artwork from you?

Sure, we can send blank coloring book pages, but have you ever considered coloring some of them?

Have you ever had your children, nieces or nephews do art and coloring to send to the children you sponsor with your letters?

“But Brett, I’m a horrible artist. My artwork stinks. You’ll have better luck finding a flying pig than getting me to keep my colors within the lines.”

Do you think the child will actually care if your drawing isn’t perfect?

Do you think he or she will care if you don’t stay within the lines of your creation?

Not a chance!

That child will be so proud and happy you took the time to do something special!

“I sponsor a boy and he probably doesn’t want silly pictures or coloring book sheets.”

Perhaps, but I’m sure he likes soccer/football/futbol. Why not try to draw the crest or logo of his favorite team? Or try drawing the child’s country flag.

I told my 3-year-old daughter that we were going to do art for the girl we sponsor in the Dominican Republic. She picked out a page from one of her Disney coloring books and colored it for Nara. Simple. Meaningful. Heartfelt.

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    Mary July 18, 2019

    If we are wanting to send stickers or cards to our sponsored child, do we mail them to the address in Colorado Springs? Thank you for your help!

    1. Christina
      Christina July 19, 2019

      Hi Mary! Yes, you are welcome to send your items to our address below:

      Attn Correspondence Dept
      Compassion International
      Colorado Springs, CO 80997-0004

      Please ensure your sponsor number and child’s number is written on every item you send, and please include a personal letter. Along with a personal letter, you can send: stickers, bookmarks, musical greeting cards, and pop-up cards. These items will be physically delivered to your child. Please keep in mind that items sent without a personal letter will not be delivered to your sponsored child. You can also send: letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards, coloring pages and paper crafts. However, your child will not receive the original items. The items will be scanned and sent electronically. The total number of items (including stationery and the letter to your child) should not be more than six sheets, and each flat paper gift item should not be larger than 8.5” x 11”. If you have any further questions about our letter writing guidelines, more information is available cintl.us/letter-faq. Thank you so much for blessing your sweet child with your love and support! Have a blessed day!

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    Elisa June 22, 2019

    I would like to know if a young man of 16, a 7th grader, would be interested in stickers and coloring sheets? If not, what would he be interested in, in addition to our letters and photos? We are very new to this experience and at least here in the US, that would be a big no-no. Not cool. But we have no idea what is considered cool or appreciated in other countries. Also, if we do send stickers, would our young man receive them or would he receive a scanned picture of them? The description above is confusing. Thank you!

    1. Sierra
      Sierra June 24, 2019

      Hi Elisa! That’s a great question. It depends on each child. However, I have heard from friends who have gone and visited children in our centers that EVERYONE there loves stickers – even the parents! Because they are so rare there, it’s fun for everyone to receive. Coloring pages may not be considered as hot of a commodity, but I’m sure they would still be appreciated.

      I apologize for any confusion with the above description! When you send stickers, they are physically sent to your child. Otherwise, they wouldn’t quite have the same effect! Hopefully this answers your questions.

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    JustMe April 18, 2019

    Art is my favorite! I have only gotten 2 pictures from my girl (1 on her 1st form letter and 1 after I asked her to send me a drawing) but I cherish each of them. The 1st one is a smiling heart with 3 little messages: “Thank you for being my friend”, “God loves you”, and “God bless you”. The second one is a tracing of both of her hands and it says “Samos amigos en Cristo” which is “We are friends in Christ” in Spanish. Love it!!!!

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    Amy August 18, 2018

    Do these go through okay?

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      Christina August 20, 2018

      Hi Amy! Thank you so much for your heart for this ministry and for the love you have for your sweet girl, Aniberkis! We appreciate your desire to bless your kiddo in a very tangible way. Although this blog was written 7 years ago, you can definitely still send coloring pages to your child, blank or colored. There are other fun ways to bless your kiddo too! Along with a personal letter, you can send: stickers, bookmarks, musical greeting cards, and pop-up cards. These items will be physically delivered to your child. Please keep in mind that items sent without a personal letter will not be delivered to your sponsored child. You can also send: letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards, coloring pages and paper crafts. However, your child will not receive the original items. The items will be scanned and sent electronically. The total number of items (including stationery and the letter to your child) should not be more than six sheets, and each flat paper gift item should not be larger than 8.5” x 11”. If you have any further questions about our letter writing guidelines, more information is available here. Thank you so much for blessing your sweet child with your love and support! Have a blessed day!

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    Missy Voigts June 20, 2017

    This is a great idea! I never even thought of this! My daughters regularly do art in school and I will take pictures of their artwork and send them with my next digital letter to my child. Thanks for the idea!

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    douglas April 30, 2012

    I sent to sponsor a child latter i doing to things

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    Douglas April 30, 2012

    lol we can be a Sponsor a child to intrast people Into I am so extra
    Cards

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      Kees Boer April 30, 2012

      Can you explain this more. I’m not sure I understand.

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    Zoe January 14, 2012

    I want to send the girl my family and I sponsor a picture I’ve drawn… but I’m not sure what to draw? She is nine years old, and lives in Togo, any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks!

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      Lizziy April 24, 2017

      I looked up your girl’s country and I saw pictures of trees with some interesting shapes of leaves. Maybe a picture forest?

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      LorronaLeach May 23, 2016

      draw flowers a rainbow and have a tree with clouds and some simple birds flying

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    Scott October 7, 2011

    Nice one, I got something for my kid in http://coloringimage.com/. Its Coloring Images, Coloring Sheets, Printable and download for free.

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    Leigh August 13, 2011

    Fabulous idea! I sincerely love the little hearts, houses, trees, etc. that I get from my sponsored child José. They are always simple drawings, but you can tell that they are personal and heartfelt. I recently got the most personal, heartfelt letter from José, and on the back was his drawing; it was a large red heart, with a few smaller red hearts encircling it, and on each side of the heart’s upper bumps were the words “Te Quiero” (“I Love You”). And while I just purchased a store-bought card and some construction-equipment and military-vehicles stickers last night, this ideas has persuaded me to sit down and draw him a picture. I’m certainly no artist, but it’s the love that I will send with the picture that I’m sure he’ll enjoy the most. 🙂

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    Yui August 9, 2011

    I totally agree with the idea. I hosted a sponsor visit yesterday and the sponsor was drawing all kind of things he had in his country and even a pet at the child’s home. Eventhough the child was 12 years old and was very quiet, she actually loved it! She kept laughing at the drawing and seeing the things she has never seen, like a snow mobile. The sponsor tried to draw and explained it to her. It was neat. There’s no language barrier in the drawing.

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    Win August 8, 2011

    I teach the 5 year old’s at church and sometimes when they do a coloring sheet I will color too and then I will send the picture to one of our kids and tell them about the lesson we covered that goes with it.

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    Kees Boer August 8, 2011

    This summer, I spent a lot of time in one project with the children and would see them do that artwork. They can spend a long time on each one of those drawings. They get carefully made. I’ve seen children spent 3 hours making a drawing.

    Also, I taught my girl Priscila how to make a Donald Duck. Then a few months later, she drew me a Donald Duck in one of the letters and then last Thursday, she also showed me how she drew a Donald Duck!

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    Lindsey August 8, 2011

    The pictures are one of my favorite parts! I’ve scanned some of them into my computer, and made cards for my child through snapfish and shutterfly with their picture(s) on the front. I haven’t gotten any feedback yet, but I’m hoping she loves them.

    I’ve drawn small pictures for her, usually trees, flowers, and hearts but due to my poor drawing skills, mainly I color coloring pages for her and then include a duplicate blank one for her to color.

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      Lindsey August 8, 2011

      My sunday newspaper also has a “how to draw” section for kids. They’re just easy three steppers, I’ve been cutting them out and saving them, I’m planning on doing a few examples of my take on them before I send them.

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    silly eagle books August 8, 2011

    We love receiving and sending art! Just this past week, we painted some popsicle sticks to send to our sponsored kids. You can see them here:
    http://www.sillyeaglebooks.com/2011/08/back-to-school-craft-i-love-you-sticks.html

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      Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies August 8, 2011

      Have you sent them before? I worry that they won’t go through, because everything we send has to be paper or cardstock.

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    Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies August 8, 2011

    I love, love, love the artwork that comes with Compassion letters. Our teen in India sends some amazing art our way and, in turn, I have sent him some of my own watercolors. We have also sent some “learn to draw” worksheets and neat scratch off paper where you can scratch off the top black later to reveal colorful layers underneath.

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    Jill Foley – Compassion Family August 8, 2011

    I keep a collection of drawings and colored pictures my girls do and then slip them in with our monthly letters.

    Thanks for this encouragement to keep on doing this…

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    Sherry W. August 8, 2011

    We discovered something called “artist trading cards” (also called ATCs) and began to send them to our sponsored kids. An artist trading card is the size of a baseball card, but it has art!

    So my son decorates the cards, and we send them to our kids. Sometimes he draws, or paints, or designs them on computer. We send the cards in a flexible plastic sleeve that holds 9 baseball cards. That way the kids can keep their cards in one place. We also send blank cards, in case our sponsored kids want to send one back to us.

    Sometimes we put Scripture memory verses on the cards, and sometimes we just draw designs or pictures. The cards are a good size for mailing. It’s fun to work with something so small (about 2.5″ x 3.5″) – it’s a manageable size for creating. Even I can do that. 😉

    I think our sponsored kids treasure things from sponsors that come from the heart. It’s great that you are encouraging sponsors to send art to their kids! It doesn’t have to be museum-worthy. It just needs to be made with love.

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      Lisa P August 8, 2011

      Sherry, the ATC are really neat! Thanks for you the idea! I know need to go shopping to get some supplies. I think this is something that you could create a different one each month with your letters. I can’t wait to get started. I hope all of my sponsored kids love them!

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    Terri Schultz August 8, 2011

    What a sweet idea! I have a Sunday School class that is sponsoring a new child in Guatemala. I think I’ll have them ALL draw her pictures, then send them to her a few at a time.

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