Sponsor Resources – Care Packages and Letters
To truly impact a child’s life and heart they must experience loving and life-giving relationships. We are so grateful for your decision to partner with the 25 Project to impact a child’s life for eternity! On this page, you will find help for communicating with your sponsored child through letters and care packages, and learn more about the country where they live.
Care packages are sent only once per year to your sponsored child. Dominican Republic and Sierra Leone sponsors will be notified by email and mail when the care package is due. If travel allows for a 25 Project team to go to South Africa or South Asia in 2022, we will attempt to send care packages to the children there. If we do not have teams to take care packages for children in South Africa and South Asia, sponsors may be ask for a one-time monetary gift to cover a package for their child, which will be purchased “in-country.”
Upcoming Care Packages:
Sierra Leone – Due December 10, 2021
Below you will find detailed information about care packages:
- Ensure that everything you select will fit into a closed GALLON sized Ziplock bag.
- The total value of the package should not exceed $20.
- Include your letter/picture(s) along with your care package.
- Label each bag you send with your child’s FIRST and LAST NAME and CHILD CODE
- Include $5 with each package to help cover the cost of airline baggage fees.
We are often asked if extra care packages can be donated for a child that may not receive one and the answer is always yes! You do not need to include $5 for luggage fees for any packages you donate.
PACKAGES AND LETTERS CAN BE:
- Mailed To: The 25 Project, PO Box 2908, McKinney, TX 75070
- Dropped Off: 419 W. Louisiana St., McKinney, TX 75069, Monday – Thursday, 10AM – 3PM)
- If these will not work for you, contact Barbara@25project.org.
Our partners have provided us with a list of possible items from which you can choose for your care package:
- Bar Soap
- Nail Clippers
- Crayons & Pencils
- Pencil Sharpener
- Underwear/Panties (estimate size based on child’s age)
- Ankle socks for boys
- Small Toys
- Inexpensive Watch
- Hard Individually Wrapped Candy
- Beef Jerky
- Hair Clips or Bows (girls only)
- Pads (for teen girls)
Please Do Not Send: Expensive Jewelry, Pocket Knives, Electronics
Expensive possessions may make a child a target for theft and may set up unrealistic expectations for children in the ministry. We ask that you do NOT send gifts that may put your child in this situation.
Contact Barbara Cross for more information: Barbara@25project.org
Dominican Republic – Due November 1, 2021
Fort White South Africa – Due November 15, 2021
Sierra Leone – Due December 10, 2021
The 25 Project will provide sponsors two opportunities per year to send letters to their sponsored child. Sponsors will be notified when letters are due. This is not to limit the number of letters you may write, but to make letter delivery more efficient and unified for our in-country leaders and children. Letters will be delivered with a team, or scanned and emailed to the country Director. Depending on when you began your partnership, you can expect to receive one or two letters from your child.
Our letter guidelines are to help protect our children and are not meant to inhibit your relationship with your sponsored child. Rather, our intention is to provide you with a positive experience, getting to know your sponsored child, encourage them, and come to see that you are making a difference in the life of a vulnerable child.
Printable Letter Templates
Below are links to several templates to write to your sponsored child. The links open in a PDF format that you can save and print. You have several options for submitting your letter:
- Mail To: The 25 Project, PO Box 2908, McKinney, TX 75070
- Drop Off at our Office: 419 W. Louisiana, McKinney, TX 75069
- Email to: email@example.com (scanned pictures may be included)
Learn more about the country from which you sponsor. Click on the links below to get information that may help you better understand the culture of each country.
We love to hear stories of how sponsorship has affected you as a sponsor. Below are links to several Sponsorship Highlights, wonderful stories of how God is moving in the hearts of sponsors. These stories are uplifting and encouraging. We would love to hear about your story. Please share it with us here: Share My Story
We will not publish your story without your permission, however, the staff here and abroad love to read the impact the kids are making on us!
Periodically, we will publish articles regarding specific information on each of the countries where we serve. These articles may be helpful to you as you seek to understand the community in which your sponsored child lives.
International Day of the African Child Published June 2017
Best Friends Day Published June 2017
Bringing Hope and Healing Published June 2017
Ibrahim’s Story: A Life Changed Published May 2017
4 Steps to Changing a Life: How to Sponsor Published May 2017
Patricia’s Story: A Life Changed Published April 2017
Let All That You Do Be Done in Love: Mission Expedition to South Asia Published January 2017
Que Apreidá: Formal Partnership in the Dominican Published May 2016
Lives Changed, Names Changed: Our First Baptisms in Sierra Leone Published May 2016
School in Sierra Leone Published January 2016
The Power of Touch: Our Return to Sierra Leone Post Ebola Published November 2013
South Asia Mercy Homes: Formal Partnership in South Asia Published March 2015
Waterloo, Sierra Leone: Home to Hundreds of Street Kids Published July 2013
Stay connected with us via social media. We use social media to communicate on many topics including when sponsorship letters or care packages are due, expedition updates and much more. Get reminders, event announcements and inspirational quotes with some of our most beautiful pictures.
We sincerely appreciate your partnership with the 25 Project. Did you know that your generosity has the potential to be doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled? Check with your employer here to see if they have a matching gift program. You can also contact Barbara Cross, Director of Donor Relations: firstname.lastname@example.org.