Have you ever wondered, “What can I send to my sponsored friend in the mail?”
If so, this post’s for you!
By Jordan Kimbrell, CFCA Sponsor Services
One of the most exciting aspects of CFCA sponsorship is exchanging letters with your sponsored friend.
Through letters you can come to know more about your sponsored friend’s life and culture, and the experience can enrich both of your lives.
We know our sponsors like to send gifts to sponsored friends. In fact, mailing questions are some of the most common questions asked of the Sponsor Services team.
To help with these questions, we’ve prepared some suggestions on what is and what isn’t practical to send by mail.
The first thing you need to know: Packages must be no larger than 9 x 12 inches, weigh less than a pound and be less than an inch thick.
A 9 x 12 envelope is considered a standard-letter size by international mailing criteria.
If a mail item exceeds this size, the CFCA field project accepting the item may be asked to pay high customs fees in order to accept the item.
When this situation occurs, the project staff is instructed not to pick up the mail item.
Unfortunately, we do not have a way for the sponsor to pay the customs fees at the receiving end, so we ask that sponsors follow the suggested mailing size.
Anything sent worth more than $10 runs the risk of theft.
Larger packets also increase the likelihood that the items never reach their intended destination.
The second thing you need to know is … Send this, not that!
Do you have any ideas? Let us know by leaving a comment below!