Christmas Card Appeal Mobile

Christmas Card Appeal

The Christmas Card Appeal is not only one of our most popular appeals, it's also our favourite!

Christmas is a time to share good will and cheer, no matter who you are or where you're from, so it's great to see sponsors taking the time to wish their sponsored children the best at this time of year. If anything, the Christmas Card Appeal serves to build a strong friendship between the sponsor and sponsored child and that's what makes it so worthwhile and special. We have received strong feedback from our Area Development Programmes (ADPs) over the years that tell us the children absolutely adore and cherish the cards and gifts they receive.

 There is no question as to how important this appeal is for the children

Although building friendships is one of the highlights of the appeal, the extra funding and donations are just as important, as they are used to fund extra activities that aren't included in the ADP's normal budgets. Last year our Christmas Card appeal raised €102,931 for our communities. That makes it one of our strongest appeals. This funding, especially during the recession, has been vital to our work and has been put to the absolute best possible use, supporting our ADPs with what they need most. There is no question as to how important this appeal is for the children, their communities and our sponsors.


Christmas Card Q+A

I received a Christmas Card in the post, what do I do now?

Just fill in the card with a drawing, a photo, a message or all of these and return to us in the freepost envelope provided. We will then ship these in bulk to our ADPs to keep costs at an absolute minimum. Don't forget to fill in the donation slip to cover the cost of postage. If you would like to help other families in your child's community, you can choose to make an additional donation on this form.

I received an email from World Vision about the Christmas Card. How do I reply?

In the electronic card, you will see an option to send your Christmas greetings to your sponsored child/children. Just click the link and fill in the form. You can include your message and a picture and our staff will print it and send it to your sponsored child.

Where does the money go?

The money raised for our Christmas appeal is used in many different ways that directly effect your sponsored child. This extra funding can go towards things like water harvesting tanks, farming tools and equipment, school toilets, school books, clean water wells and community savings groups. Wherever the need is greatest.

Does the money go to the child?

World Vision has found that the best way to help the child is to help the community and family. Giving a child or family money does not benefit them, in fact, it can lead to feelings of inequality and even jealousy within a community. An even distribution of resources is the best possible option, to avoid causing rifts within the community. In the name of fairness and equality, World Vision aims to provide the entire community with the resources they need to achieve the ultimate goal, which is self sufficiency and independence for the ADP.

Why is the Christmas Card so important?

Sending your sponsored child a Christmas card can have a hugely positive effect on the child. It's no different to receiving a Christmas Card from family and friends. Getting a special message for their sponsor can mean the world to a sponsored child. Not forgetting the extra funding for your sponsored child's community.

Can I send a gift to my sponsored child/children?

Absolutely. World Vision encourages our sponsors to send gifts. But it's important to remember that gifts should be small and of little financial value. This is for three reasons. Customs in your sponsored child's community can be quite rigorous and large expensive packaging can be handled poorly by the local postal or customs service and this can cause significant issues including delays and even confiscation. Another thing to note is that a large expensive package going directly to the child can cause unnecessary rivalry between other children, including their own family members. The final reason is the cost. Large packages come with large postal and handling charges and we do not recommend sending anything larger than a flat packed A5 envelope/Jiffy Bag. If however, you would still like to send a large gift, please make sure to do so by sending directly to the child via the ADP postal address, including child name and identification number. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate the sending of oversized gifts from our office in Dublin, due to the cost and arrangements involved.

What can I send to my sponsored child?

This really depends on the age/gender and preferences of your sponsored child. It's best to communicate with your sponsored child to figure out what their favourite games and pastimes are. If you are having trouble deciding, here is a list of suggestions and guidelines.

Do Send

  • Skipping rope
  • Football (deflated with pump)
  • Crayons Colouring books
  • Colouring pencils
  • Pencil cases
  • Copy books
  • Stickers and sticker books
  • Hair bands and accessories
  • Balloons
  • Pictures of animals/birds/flowers from your home country
  • Bookmarks
  • Postcards
  • Tooth brush and tooth paste
  • Soap
  • Play dough/craft materials
  • Tea Candles
  • Visual books (pictures with little to no text)
  • Connect Four and travel sized board games
  • Ping Pong Balls
  • Jigsaws
  • Teddy bears
  • Finger puppets
  • Clothing (plain t-shirts are best. Some clothing items like underwear can be inappropriate for age and culture)

Do Not Send

  • Valuable or dangerous items
  • Batteries or anything battery operated
  • Bibles
  • CDs, cassettes or memory sticks
  • Disposable cameras
  • Mobile phones or electronic devices
  • Jewellery (gold/silver - carat/plated)
  • Make-up
  • Knives (including penknives), scissors or sharp objects
  • Medicine of any kind
  • Money (even as souvenir) or postal stamps
  • Scary or Halloween items
  • Newspaper cuttings about events in the child's country
  • Seeds of any kind
  • Sweets or chocolate (the children's systems will not be used to confectionery items)
  • Underwear or socks

If you have any further questions relating to our Christmas Card Appeal or are not sure if your gift is suitable to send, please call our Supporter Care Team at 01 498 0800 or email