Your monthly support for your sponsored child is such a generous gift! But what if you’d like to give a little extra so your child can enjoy a special surprise? In most cases, you can give a Special Gift above and beyond your regular donation to provide extra things your child and their family need. They will treasure these cards for years to come!

Please note that all Special Gift donations must be a minimum of $100. And all gifts over $200 will be shared with your child’s community.

Please note that some countries have restrictions regarding special gifts. See the Special Gift FAQs below to check if there are any restrictions in your child’s country.

Based on the needs of your sponsored child, our local staff will take your child and their family shopping – to select things like school supplies, clothing, livestock or something else they could really use. The entire community also can benefit from gifts like agricultural tools, building supplies, support for a local school or clinic or a water tank.

Items are chosen with care

Field staff work with your sponsored child and their family to carefully choose and deliver your gift. It may be a bicycle, a backpack full of school supplies, livestock, or another item that will benefit your sponsored child and family.

It’s easy to send a gift

Login or create a My World Vision account to send your special gift today.

See the impact

Your sponsored child will send you a personal thank you letter and photo with the items your Special Gift has purchased for them!

Encourage your sponsored child today with a Special Gift.​



Frequently Asked Questions

When you send a Special Gift, our local staff work with your sponsored child, their family and community to determine what is needed most. Your sponsored child could receive items such as school supplies, clothing, livestock or other items that they will benefit from.

The entire community also can benefit from gifts such as agricultural tools, building supplies, a water tank, or support for a local school or clinic. Any amount over $200 will be used to benefit the community that your sponsored child lives in.

When you give a Special Gift, you will receive a thank you letter and photo from your sponsored child that shares how your gift is making a difference. Please allow at least five to six months to receive a response.

This gift level has been requested by our staff working with sponsorship communities overseas. They've found that the rising prices of goods and fuel, along with the devaluation of the dollar, make it difficult to purchase meaningful gifts for less than this amount. Our staff members always work with your sponsored child’s family to make sure gifts will help meet both long-term and immediate needs – of the child, their family and community.

Also, this minimum gift amount helps ensure efficient stewardship of our staff's time and resources.

Please allow at least 5-6 months to hear back from your sponsored child after you send a Special Gift. Once our community staff have received a notification about your gift, it takes time to meet with the family to determine the most pressing needs, travel to purchase items in town, write a thank-you letter, and send it to you by international mail.
Our local staff monitors and evaluates all sponsored children and community progress throughout the year. While staff may be aware of many needs, circumstances may change and it’s best for them to meet with your sponsored child and family to determine the most important need.

The following countries and communities have requested that Special Gifts sent by sponsors be used to purchase a gift that will benefit the entire community (as opposed to just the sponsored child and his or her family):

  • China
  • Cambodia
  • Georgia
  • Laos
  • Emmanuel, El Salvador

Please note that the following countries/communities are unable to process Special Gifts:

  • Lebanon
  • Eruwok, Indonesia
  • Port Numbay, Indonesia