Gift Giving

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Many of our Child Sponsors ask if they can send a special gift to the child they have been matched with for holidays such Christmas or birthdays. We are so excited when sponsors and donors want to send a gift to the children we serve in Cameroon!

Typically the only gifts we allow are things such as:

  1. Letters
  2. Photos
  3. Blind Gifts ($25+)
    What It Is: The best gift to give your sponsored child is one they really need. As sentimental as necklaces, coloring books, or toys are…many of the children in our program have more specific needs that will be of greater benefit to them. This could be new shoes for school, a new backpack, or feed for the chickens they’re raising, etc. Blind Gifts are more personal and avoid unnecessary items that are not of much value to a child in Cameroon.
    How It Works: Our Shaping Destiny Team in Cameroon knows our children well and visits those living with foster families regularly. If a donor or sponsor indicates an interest in giving a Blind Gift, our team will assess the child’s situation and determine a good gift for them, of $25 or more, depending on the donation amount sent. Then they will notify us what specific gift was given, present the gift to the child and inform them it’s from their awesome sponsor!

We limit our gift giving options to the above three in an effort to be the best stewards we can, cut down on any unnecessary expenses, and also help support the economy in Cameroon. There are many reasons why we believe this is the best method for gift giving:

  1. You don’t have to worry about shipping and transportation to Cameroon
  2. You don’t have the risk of your gift being held by customs
  3. You don’t have to pay expensive shipping and handling to mail packages overseas
  4. By purchasing in Cameroon, we are helping support the local economy
  5. By giving a Blind Gift, you are catering specifically to the needs of your child

If you are interested in sending finances for a Blind Gift, please send in your donation. There are three main ways you can do this:

1. Online Payment through PayPal.
Visit: https://www.shapingdestiny.org/forms/special-gift-donation/

Note: PayPal charges a 2.2% service charge for every transaction.

2. Automatic payment from your bank.
If you have other payments set up through your bank this will be super easy for you. If this is your first time setting this up, all you’d need to do is log into your bank online and select a tab that most banks have at the top that says Bill Pay or Automatic Payments. You’d enter in the desired amount (at least $25) and schedule it to come out on whatever day you desire. All you need from us is our name and where your bank should send the check.

Name: Shaping Destiny
Address: P.O. BOX 200700 Austin, TX 78720
Memo: Please add that this donation is a special gift for _____ (your child’s name)

3. Send a personal check.

Make check out to Shaping Destiny.
Memo: Special gift for ____ (your sponsored child’s name)
Mail to: PO BOX 200700 Austin, TX 78720

We can then communicate with our Cameroon team to determine the best gift that will be most beneficial to your child, make arrangements to purchase and present the gift(s) from you (their sponsor and friend), and keep you updated when it’s delivered.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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