Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes…BIG CHANGES with Compassion International’s letter writing process will go into effect April 11, 2016.
Fear not creatures of habit! Change is good. This program is all about the children, and they have spoken.
As you may know, in order to best serve the children in our program, we regularly conduct research to identify where improvements can be made. Recent research showed that the greatest frustration among sponsors and their sponsored children was the length of time it takes to receive letters. And, in a similar study of children, Compassion found that parents placed a preference on their children receiving letters over gifts. They said letters conveyed the love of the sponsor in ways that gifts could not. This was powerful for us to hear.
It was a wake-up call that we needed to speed up the letter-writing process in order to deepen your relationship with your children. Our goal is for all sponsors/correspondents and children to be able to send and receive letters quicker.
The new guidelines are posted here.
From Compassion’s statement, I have found this to be true as well. While Lucky is always so appreciative and thankful when I send extras, I can tell in his letters that my words mean more to him than any paper craft or little extra included in a snail mail letter. This announcement is very good news and will make a significant, positive impact on the children, sponsors, and organization!
Throughout my two years of sponsorship, I actually prefer the online digital option. Lucky was receiving my digital letters 2-3 weeks faster as opposed to snail mail. The online option made it a breeze for me to write many letters to Lucky due to the convenience and ease of typing. I attribute my close and personal relationship with Lucky due to my digital letters. When it comes to snail mail, I have been known to suffer from Lame-sponsor-itis.
If you are not used to writing your letters online, it might be a slight adjustment at first. Just keep visiting this blog as I will share with you many letter writing themes and ways to make the digital letters creative, personal, and fun.
I contacted Compassion today to confirm sponsors have until April 11 to mail letters using the old guidelines, and we do! Check back soon as I will be sharing my top 2 favorite, meaningful paper crafts I made Lucky in case you need some inspiration for a last craft within the old guidelines. After that, I will be focusing strictly on digital letter writing.
Please keep in mind I am sure CI’s mail room is overwhelmed during this time so lets pray for them and CI’s support staff to have a smooth transition.