Tips for Mailing Small Gifts

Because of strict mailing and customs regulations in the various countries where Compassion works, we cannot send our field offices items that exceed 8-1/2" x 11" and 1/4" thick.

Please note, some of these guidelines for what items can be sent change due to customs regulations.

Items That Can Be Sent

Assembled puzzles in zip lock bags, sealed with tape or glue to remain assembled in the mail (see above size restrictions)
Baseball and football cards
Calendars, smaller than 8-1/2" x 11"
Construction paper
Greeting cards
Laminated flowers and leaves
Magazine pages only, less than 1/4" thick
Pages from coloring books (may not send crayons, pencils or pens) 
Pages from watercolor paint books (may not send paint brushes)
Paper dolls
Photos of you and your family
Scrapbook paper
Scripture cards
Small posters

We cannot send any metal (including jewelry, ornaments and magnets), perishable items (gum, candy, flower seeds), or any larger items (soccer balls, clothes).

Unfortunately, We Can Also No Longer Send the Following:

Books and booklets
Ceramics or glass
Cloth items
Elastic hair bands
Foam crafts
Foreign currency
Halloween items (such items are inappropriate in many countries) 
Plastic rulers
Unassembled puzzles

Please remember to put your sponsor number and your sponsored child's number on your letters to ensure that your child receives your letter.

Fun Idea: Collect pictures of your family and make a small photo album for your child.

Items needed:

  • Variety of family pictures

  • Five to 10 pieces of construction paper or fun scrapbooking paper

  • Glue or double-sided tape

  • Two small pieces of string

Glue or tape a picture onto each page and indicate who is in the picture, what this person likes and dislikes, his or her hobbies, age, birth date and other fun facts. Continue with remaining pictures. Finish the album by stapling the paper together or tying the paper together with two small pieces of string to keep album intact.

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