A doll named Alma

Today's guest post comes from Alexis Dionne, a World Vision sponsor who shares what she does to let her sponsored children know they're loved and cared for during the holiday season.

If you're a World Vision sponsor as well, you can log in to My World Vision for ideas on how to connect with your sponsored child as the holidays approach.

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The holidays can be overwhelming.

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    Who's that girl?

    "Who’s that girl?" I wondered while watching Carter’s Chord, a sister band who recently traveled to the Dominican Republic to create a video of their song, "Love a Little Bigger."

    I love the song and its message: how blessed we are and how a luxury, like drinking a $4 cup of coffee, can make us feel guilty, especially when we are confronted by pictures of the poor.

    Being from Seattle, the coffee center of the universe, I can relate.

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      Special gifts bring extra joy to sponsored children

      World Vision's Hillary Holman shares her journey of sponsoring a child in need -- and taking it a step further by providing a special gift to benefit the girl's family.

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      I was working at World Vision when I came across Relebohile’s picture. Her little face just grabbed my heart!

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        [Sri Lanka Bloggers] What you're not supposed to say after visiting the Third World

        Laura Tremaine, who traveled to Sri Lanka with World Vision in late August, reflects on her visit there -- and how it differed from her expectations.

        This post originally appeared on Laura's blog, Hollywood Housewife.

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          [Sri Lanka Bloggers] The birthday party I won't ever forget

          I met Afra on her eighth birthday. I had no idea how big of an impact this little girl would have on me. We spent the afternoon eating cake, playing games, and celebrating with her family, friends, and neighbors.

          The photo above shows me with Afra and children from her neighborhood.

          What it doesn't show you is Afra's leg.

          Afra was hit by a car at the age of 3, her leg caught in the rear wheel of the vehicle. The driver meant to playfully swerve at a friend -- and instead hit Afra.

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            [Sri Lanka Bloggers] When your mother immolates herself

            Tony Jones traveled to Sri Lanka with the World Vision blogger team, where he met Simras, an 8-year-old sponsored child.

            After the boy's family was torn apart by tragedy, his aunt Sapika and uncle Mohamed took him in as their own. Tony was able to hear some of their story -- and the hopes that Sapika and Mohamed have for Simras.

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              [Sri Lanka Bloggers] Meeting my O!

              September is "Connect With Your Sponsored Child" month. Allison Olfelt was given a unique opportunity to do just that when she traveled to Sri Lanka last month with the World Vision blogger team.

              Read on to learn about Allison's experience meeting Odish and his mother -- and learn how you can visit your sponsored child.

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                Top five ways to connect with your sponsored child

                Sponsorship is about more than just giving money to help people in need -- it's about letting children know they are loved.

                Taking time to write letters or send small gifts and cards can create a meaningful relationship with your sponsored child. Many sponsors find that investing in this relationship is more than a blessing for their sponsored child -- it also changes their own life.

                Read on to learn how you can create a lasting relationship with your sponsored child.

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                  How child sponsorship through World Vision works

                  Maybe you've wondered how World Vision's global programs work; why sponsorship is a monthly pledge; or what happens when someone stops sponsoring a child.

                  During her visit to Sri Lanka with the World Vision blogger team, Laura Tremaine sought answers to these questions, and here, she shares some of her experience.

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                    [Sri Lanka Bloggers] I don’t think it’s just the jet-lag talking

                    Joy Bennett traveled to Sri Lanka with our blogger team last week to experience firsthand how World Vision's sponsorship programs are making a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities in need. Along the way, she discovered just how stark poverty can be -- and how blessed we are as Americans.

                    How does she feel now that she's back in the United States? Read on to find out.

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