Wow. Time has flown. I feel like I just wrote the first post in this series. Anyway, I am going to tell you how I keep everything organized. I am usually not very organized, but I think I have done pretty well keeping all of my Compassion things organized.
I was going to post pictures for it to make more sense, however I have been gone all day. I will do my best to explain what I do. So if you have any questions, let me know in the comments. I will do my best to help you.
I have a gallon bag for each of my Compassion family. I use a Sharpie and write the child's full name and number on the bag. I keep the child packet, letters from the child, and any stickers or stationery for that child in the bag. Last summer, this worked perfectly. Now the gallon bags have gotten shorter, so I have to fold the stationery in half.
I keep all the stickers for the child in a quart or sandwich bag labeled "stickers." I also printed off name labels for all of my Compassion family. However, I did not have adhesive paper. So, I find that I do not use them. I have them in a snack bag labeled "name labels" in the gallon bag too.
Whenever I get a letter from one of my Compassion family, I am very excited. That is not really important, but I thought I would tell you anyway ;) Whenever I get a letter, I make sure to keep the envelope and write the date I received it on the back. This way, I know how long it took me to get the letter from when it was written. Also, I can see how long it has been since I got a letter from that child.
I write each of my Compassion family twice a month. I write two each weekend. For instance, I wrote Mabel and Aruna this past weekend. I do this online. The whole month, I work on a package to send out. I will write a themed letter to all of my kids. Last month I did geography. I will print off maps or song lyrics to go along with the letters. I also include stickers and coloring pages.
If I get a letter from one of my Compassion family, I reply to it within a day or two. I don't include stickers or anything, just a letter. I like to comment on all that they wrote to me and ask them questions about it. I don't include any extras because it can get expensive to buy all that stuff and to send it out.
Well, that is what I do. What do you do? How do you keep organized? I am always looking for ways to improve my organization.
What did you learn during this series? I hope you got something useful out of it.
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Week One- Letter writing ideas and tips.
Week Two- How does my letter get to my child?
Week Three- How does my child's letter get to me?
P.S. Please use the survey on the right to show where you sponsor a child. I have all the countries that Compassion works in.