Change a Life Program Gift Giving Guide
NEXT GIFT GIVING/LETTER OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE: JUNE 18, 2016
We hand carry and hand deliver your gifts directly to your sponsored child! To ensure everyone’s items fit in our suitcases, the following guidelines are in place. Please email us for a convenient drop off location near you.
** Please send only QUALITY items, these things are kept and treasured. no dollar store trinkets, we want to pack our suitcases with lovely things that will be savored. The gift limit per child is 2 pounds per package. size is restricted to gallon size ziplock- please use a freezer style as they hold up better.
Please mark your package clearly with your child’s first and last name (if you only know part of the name, please email us at MADI@madinc.org
#1- please include a letter and at least one photo of you and your family. This will be laminated, so they not get dirty. Kids want to connect with you!! We highly suggest a few photos taped onto the front and back of an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet, please leave 2″ from the top free- these will be laminated, trimmed and added to your gallon size ziplock (size of a ziplock is 10 1/2′ high).
**An exception from the ziplock will be made for sending a quality backpack. If you send a backpack, you may put a few things inside, but weight must be kept to 2 lbs.
If you are sending a soccer ball-please securely tape your child’s name on it and rubber-band it to the outside of your ziplock bag (containing at least your letter).
Ideas for contents:
- dress, skirt (knee length), tshirt
- scarves for girls -infinity style, for their hair, or to tie around skirt
- gum (they love gum)
- canvas shoes
- quality sandals (they call these opens)
- *flip flops are readily available do not send
- thinline bible (lightweight)
- shoe laces in bright colors
- canvas bag for toiletries
- laundry bag
- nice washcloth
- lip balm
- soccer ball/pump
- math calculator (P7 and above)
- card or dice game
Due to the weight limit, you may wish to also send a donation of money for purchasing of local supplies. Here’s a list of some things you may want to consider, with local prices. We will do our best to ensure the money is spent exactly as you wish, but cannot guarantee such.
- toothpaste $1.50
- soap $1.00
- Vaseline/lotion ($2.00
- sanitary pads ($1.50
- Dictionary ($6.50
- school shoes and/or open sandals $15.00
- pants/shorts $20.00
- panties $10.00
considering something for their family?
- mosquito nets $6.50
- local language Bible$6.50
- mattress: $35.00
- goat: $35.00 recommend to purchase 2
- chickens: $9.00 each
- cow $400.00
- rice/posho/beans/sugar $50-$100
Additional ways to connect: record a video of you and your family and email it to MADI@madinc.org, we will deliver the message to your child!!