Three Birthday Card Ideas for Your Sponsored Child

UPDATE, April 8, 2016: Since the publication of this post, letter-writing guidelines have changed to speed up the delivery of letters and as a result you may not be able to send some items through Compassion’s correspondence system. Before you send your letter, please review our letter-writing guidelines.

Everybody has one. Old or young, we all celebrate it.

It doesn’t matter if they are big or small celebrations, we all look forward to a little acknowledgment that day – a little something from the world that says, “I see you.”

And for a child growing up in extreme poverty, we know how very special it is when he or she has more and more of them.

More and more birthdays!

Birthday Card Ideas Happy

It is such a joy when a faraway friend remembers your birthday by sending you a birthday card.

I remember going through the Compassion Experience and hearing how Julian was so excited when she received a birthday card from her sponsors. In her country, children living in extreme poverty rarely receive a birthday card, so it was so very special to her!

This month, for our Second Friday Letter Writing Club on Pinterest, we are launching the Birthday Card Ideas board to gather all of the paper birthday ideas into one place. This new board will help you find birthday printables and craft ideas to make your sponsored child’s birthday a special one each and every year.

So let’s start off with a birthday card. Most of our sponsored children are in Spanish-speaking countries, so we’ve been able to find birthday cards in Spanish to send them fun birthday greetings.

But handmade cards are fun to make and a great way to involve your whole family!

Birthday Card Ideas Pop-Up Cards

You can keep this one simple or get really creative with this pop up card tutorial.

Birthday Card Ideas Coloring

Birthday coloring pages are easy to print off and mail with a letter.

Want to send a little bit extra?

Birthday Card Ideas Bracelet

These paper folded bracelets would make a fun addition to your birthday letter.

Obviously, cards aren’t the only way to celebrate a birthday. Gifts are always a great idea. But before you consider sending a gift, be sure to check out these resources:

Because the Birthday Card Ideas board is new, we need your help finding a whole bunch of fun birthday card ideas to mail!

Are you a member of our Second Friday Letter Writing Club? Share your birthday idea pins with us on that board!

Not a member yet? Be sure to follow us on Pinterest and request to be a member of our Second Friday Letter Writing Club board. We love what our members are sharing with other sponsors each month!

10 Comments |Add a comment

  1. Teresa Dawn March 24, 2016

    This is post is still one of the 4 featured posts on the very main Compassion site. Since the rules are changing and we cannot send pop-up cards now and ordinary cards are being scanned, this should maybe be archived? Just an idea 🙂

    1. Susan Sayler March 28, 2016

      Hi Teresa! Thanks so much for the heads up! Where are you seeing this blog featured?

      1. Beth Norby May 25, 2016

        Susan, the link to the blog is on the main page ( on the top right side under “FEATURED STORIES from Compassion”. It is the third entry titled “Three Birthday Card Ideas for Your Sponsored Child”. Is it still true that “We can send things that can be folded to be flat or under 1/4″ thick. This means that the pop-up cards and folded bracelets (folded down or sent with instructions) would go through just fine.”?

        1. Susan Sayler May 26, 2016

          Hi Beth! I sincerely apologize for the confusion! Please read the update at the top of this blog post and review the new letter writing guidelines as of April 11, 2016. Our new guidelines require items to be paper, scan-friendly, and under 6 pages. Regrettably, we can no longer send pop-up cards and folded bracelets.

  2. Laura March 16, 2015

    How far in advance before the child’s birthday would you recommend sending the card to you?

    1. Emily Vanhoutan March 17, 2015

      Hi Laura! We recommend sending all gifts and letters 2-3 months in advance to ensure they reach your child in time :).

  3. Kimberlee Puhrmann March 14, 2015


    I didn’t realize we could actually mail a physical card to our child. How do I do that? I don’t have an address.



    1. Susan Sayler March 16, 2015

      Hi Kimberlee! Yes, you are more than welcome to send a card to your sponsored child! Please write your child’s name and number on the card and send it to:

      Compassion International
      [No street address needed]
      Colorado Springs, CO 80997

  4. Lorielle March 13, 2015

    I was told I couldn’t send things that aren’t flat. So the pop-up cards and folded bracelets wouldn’t work, right? I tried to send our sponsored child a homemade bookmark, and I was told they couldn’t send it.

    1. Susan Sayler March 16, 2015

      Hi Lorielle! We can send things that can be folded to be flat or under 1/4″ thick. This means that the pop-up cards and folded bracelets (folded down or sent with instructions) would go through just fine. I am so sorry to hear that your homemade bookmark could not be sent as it sounds like you put quite a bit of time into it! 🙁 All items must be paper and within he size guidelines. If there was any metal or leather included in your bookmark, regrettably we cannot send these materials.

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