Our Christmas Appeal helps to ensure that every Compassion Child Sponsorship Program child and Child Survival Program mother and baby around the world receives a Christmas gift, including those who are registered but not yet sponsored. Because it would be unfair if some children received gifts and others did not, donations to our Christmas Appeal are pooled internationally and distributed to purchase a special, age-appropriate Christmas gift for each Compassion assisted child.
Gifts may include clothing, blankets and bed-linen, toiletries and, of course, a range of toys. Wherever possible, our church partners in the developing world purchase the gifts within their local communities, encouraging local businesses and boosting the local economy. All Compassion assisted children are encouraged to write to their sponsors to thank them for their Christmas gift and let them know what gift they received. You are also welcome to ask specific questions regarding the gifts next time you write to your sponsored child.
Although $30 is the recommended amount to ensure that each child receives a suitable gift, you are welcome to donate more. By giving more, you increase the value of every child's gift once financial donations are pooled, and assist those sponsors who are unable to contribute. This is one of the most special times of the year for the children, as, for many, Christmas is the only time they receive gifts. Thank you for helping to make it so special!