Nov 27 2015

Ask Sponsor Services: Sending mail to your friend


Q. Can I send my friend a gift through the mail?

A. Gifts sent in packages may incur high custom fees or get lost or stolen in the mail. Because of this high cost and risk, our international offices will no longer accept packages. Instead of sending a package, even a small one, try sending a letter instead.

The gifts of letters and photos are treasured most by your sponsored friend. Children and elders often say getting a letter from their sponsor is their favorite part of sponsorship.

You can easily send a quick note from our website. Just sign in and you can send your friend an eLetter and even upload a photo without having to set foot inside the post office.

If you really want to give your friend a gift, consider donating to Unbound’s birthday or Christmas funds.

Families living in poverty often find it difficult to afford the expense of celebrating birthdays and Christmas with gifts and parties. Donations to the birthday and Christmas funds help Unbound sponsored friends celebrate these special occasions.

The local staffs plan community-wide celebrations, which often include the entire family. Sponsored children and aging friends know the celebrations and gifts are from their sponsors.

Please keep in mind that some cultures do not celebrate birthdays and Christmas as we do. Unbound projects ensure that gifts and celebrations are appropriate for the culture.

And remember, what your friend needs most is your friendship and encouragement.

Thank you, and happy writing!

Contact our Sponsor Services team at (800) 875-6564 or for more information.

2 thoughts on “Ask Sponsor Services: Sending mail to your friend”

    1. Dear Dorothy,

      Thank you for taking the time to send an eLetter to your sponsored friend. Hearing from you will create a greater impact than you can imagine. The best way to view your sent eLetters is to select the “My sent eLetters” link, which appears on the right side of the eLetter template where you normally type your message. If your most recent letter does not appear in the list, the eLetter likely did not go through. At this time, our system shows the last letter our staff received for Edith was on October 30th. If you have sent another eLetter since October, please try to re-send it. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

      Thanks so much,

      Christina Panagakos
      Sponsor Services Phone Team Manager

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