What Gift Does the Child You Sponsor Get at Christmas?

Christmas is coming! And there are only a few days left to make sure the child you sponsor and every child in our program around the globe receives a handpicked gift just for them!

What Gift Does the Child You Sponsor Get at Christmas?

Though gift-giving is just a small piece of the larger Christmas picture, we recognize that the gifts given are not simply things for the children we serve. They are treasures, cherished and well-loved. Because for some children, it’s the only gift they’ll receive all year.

The Christmas gifts given every year vary from country to country because the children have different needs based on their ages and circumstances. Because of this, our local church partners take special care in choosing what the children and young adults receive, making sure every one of them knows they are treasured, seen and loved.

Here’s a peek at the types of gifts the child you sponsor may receive this year…

A Good Night’s Sleep

Many children living in remote areas of Thailand don’t have access to safe and protective bedding. That’s why staff collected warm blankets, bedding and protective tents for these children’s Christmas gifts.

What Gift Does the Child You Sponsor Get at Christmas?

Confidence in Their Appearance

Clothing is one of the most common gifts for children at Christmas. Not only is it a daily living essential, but it also brings a smile to the face of children who love to show off their new outfit at the Compassion center! Just like these teens in Colombia did…

What Gift Does the Child You Sponsor Get at Christmas?

Seven-year-old Alexandra from Peru was overjoyed with her gift of clothing: “When I found my shoes and my dress, I felt like God heard my prayers.”

What Gift Does the Child You Sponsor Get at Christmas?

Tools for Learning

Staff will often identify practical needs, including school supplies, that can bless children. This student in Rwanda was given a new backpack for his studies.

What Gift Does the Child You Sponsor Get at Christmas?

Food for Health

At 7-year-old Rejoice’s Compassion center in Ghana, the children received beautiful new clothes the previous year. Because the children’s clothes were still in good condition and most families were struggling to provide enough food for their children each day, the church decided to give food supplies for a Christmas present.

What Gift Does the Child You Sponsor Get at Christmas?

What They Need

Sometimes children receive vouchers so they can purchase a gift of their own choosing with the guidance of the staff and their family. Little Maria in the Philippines went shopping with her mom and got a sleeping pad, some hair bands, a shirt and a necklace.

What Gift Does the Child You Sponsor Get at Christmas?

“Last year from the center, I bought a school uniform with my Christmas gift. It made me happy to receive the uniform. My favorite subject at school is science,” says Juan in Indonesia.

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Toys for Development

Learning to play is crucial to every child’s socio-emotional development. These kiddos in Burkina Faso couldn’t wait to play with their new toys from their sponsors!

What Gift Does the Child You Sponsor Get at Christmas?

In Peru, mothers in our Survival Program were overjoyed to have a special gift that will help them bond with their little ones.

What Gift Does the Child You Sponsor Get at Christmas?

A Christmas to Remember

For Ian, in Kenya, celebrating Christmas is a new concept. Cared for by his Aunt Philgona, the family couldn’t afford to buy gifts. “Celebrating Christmas is a very recent thing for us … The constant struggle to survive always overshadowed it,” says Philgona.

“I really enjoy the Christmas celebrations,” Ian says. “I get the opportunity to play with my friends, sing carols and thank God for his love and care. On top of that, I get gifts as well.”

What Gift Does the Child You Sponsor Get at Christmas?

Ian (center) and his friends celebrating Christmas at their Compassion center.

Give by Oct. 31 and you will put a smile like Ian’s on the face of the child you sponsor and help give all 1.9 million children we serve a special Christmas to remember!

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Words by Amber VanSchooneveld, Lauren Phillips and Rebekah Wilesmith. A version of this article first appeared on the Compassion Australia Blog.

9 Comments |Add a comment

  1. Susan Waller December 28, 2020

    I was not aware of being able to give a family gift at Christmas. What is it?

    1. Shannon December 28, 2020

      Hi Susan,
      Thank you for your interest regarding sending a gift to your sponsored child and their family for Christmas. We encourage you to make your donation for Christmas by the end of October to ensure we can get this processed in time. Please note that we have two options for giving Christmas gifts to the family.
      Our first option is our Christmas Fund. Christmas fund contributions are generally given in October of each year. All Christmas donations are combined and then divided evenly among every child in our program. We typically suggest that sponsors give an amount of $25 per child, if they are able. With this fund, we purchase a meaningful gift specifically for each child and help purchase gifts for children who are not yet sponsored or whose sponsors are not able to give. We do this because we want every child to receive a gift and to be included in a special Christmas celebration at their church-based center.
      Secondly, you have the option of giving a donation directly to the family for Christmas. You may send gifts to the family of $25 to $1,000 (not to exceed $1,000 each year). This would be used for the whole family and not specifically your child. You are more than welcome to donate in both ways if you so choose.

  2. Ramona Tilley November 6, 2018

    Concerned for our little man in Mexico ME097500020 at this time.
    How we know that all is well with he & family?

    1. Christina November 7, 2018

      Hi Ramona! Thank you so much for the amazing difference you are making in your sweet boy’s life! I’m sorry that it’s been a little while since you’ve received a letter from him, but I’m sure you’ll another letter from him will arrive soon. That being said, you should never go more than 6 months without a letter, so if you haven’t received a letter by the end of January, please do let us know. Please rest assured that Daniel is receiving all the care that he needs at his center thanks to your support. Is there any reason in particular that you are concerned about him at this time? I am happy to address any of your concerns privately at socialmedia@compassion.com. Thank you for your partnership! Have a blessed day!

  3. BRIGHTON MUHUNGUZI October 31, 2018

    I used to eagerly wait for Christmas gift when i was still on sponsorship and Leadership Development program, it would always be time for me to enjoy with my family, it was always a good feeling and time for us.
    May God bless you my Sponsors!

  4. Michelle Otto October 30, 2018

    At Christmas, I was not aware you could give a family gift. I will remember that for next year. Really good idea. Thank you for sharing!!

  5. Karen O. Nestor October 30, 2018

    At Christmas I did a family gift because if there are other children in the family I don’t want them to be left out. Or if there is something the family really needs they could get it.

  6. Olima October 30, 2018

    May God bless you for the Good work you are doing

  7. Jill Foley October 29, 2018

    Great post – thank you for this!

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