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    Default Unwanted stamps - charities want them

    If you find yourself inundated with InCoWriMo mail and not enough space to keep the letters, please consider taking the stamps off the envelope (tear a section of the envelope around the stamp), and sending it on to charity. I shall hunt out some of the websites and charities willing to accept stamps (these then get sold on to stamp dealers by weight - kiloware).

    Great Ormond Street Hospital (in London, for children) has a charity - http://www.gosh.org/get-involved/fun...nd-environment

    http://usedstampsforcharity.weebly.com/ is a directory of some of the UK charities accepting stamps and the addresses (of the charities) to send to, e.g. Oxfam, RNIB (Royal National Institute For The Blind), RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), Cancer Research UK

    Macmillan Cancer Support

    An Australian directory https://www.givenow.com.au/otherways/stamps of some charities/community groups.

    Oxfam in Canada

    I'm sure there are charities in the US wanting stamps (google however doesn't want to show me them).

    The Veterans National Stamp and Coin Club

    Holocaust Stamp Project - They'll even take damaged stamps

    Stamps for the Wounded (USA)
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    Default Re: Unwanted stamps - charities want them

    Quote Originally Posted by Morgaine View Post
    I'm sure there are charities in the US wanting stamps (google however doesn't want to show me them).
    I've sent an email to the American Philatelic Society not far from me here in Pennsylvania asking if they can share a list of such charities in the USA. I'll share the answer when (and if) it comes.

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    Default Re: Unwanted stamps - charities want them

    Here ya go:

    Fred,

    ...[Personal yackety-yak deleted]....

    There used to be several charities that solicited used postage stamps to sell but most of them have disappeared. Today I am only aware of a few philatelic organizations such as Stamps for the Wounded and us, the American Philatelic Society, who welcome donations of used stamps to help with programming (as opposed to selling). Stamps for the Wounded distribute stamps to rehabilitating veterans, we use them for programs in schools, scout merit badge programs, and for youth areas at stamp shows.

    Ken Martin
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    Visit us at www.stamps.org

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    Thanks Fred, a little disappointing on the charity front. I've looked at the Oxfam US site - no mention of stamps there.

    The UK has quite a few charities and many people can name more than a few. Can anyone think of any US charities for various disease research charities, children's charities, overseas aid...?

    I think there is a stamp collecting for charity thing in Scandinavia (thought I read about it a handful of years ago).
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    I found a direct link for Stamps for the Wounded: http://www.angelfire.com/va2/ayrhill/SFTW.htm (This is a US charity)
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    This is all very helpful and I'm surprised we never knew about this before. I will be saving and sending my postage from now on.
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    I shall do a thread for my forum too at some point! Might help some if they don't have to send the stamps internationally.
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    Saving stamps for charity is so ingrained at Weevil Towers I honestly didn't think to promote it. Good job, Morgaine.

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    One of my Dutch penpals gives the stamps to her grandmother for the church to sell for funds. I suspect some other churches around the world would also accept stamps.
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    I have a slightly better list over on my forum. http://s-mail.proboards.com/thread/4...amps-charities
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    Update, I will send tomorrow a letter to a company selling kiloware to stamp collectors. Their website mentions buying from charities so I am asking them if they can provide a list of some of them. They did mention on their website about Guide Dogs for Blinds being "stamp collectors" in various countries (but I have yet to investigate which countries).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgaine View Post
    Update, I will send tomorrow a letter to a company selling kiloware to stamp collectors. Their website mentions buying from charities so I am asking them if they can provide a list of some of them. They did mention on their website about Guide Dogs for Blinds being "stamp collectors" in various countries (but I have yet to investigate which countries).
    I haven't had a reply...

    I'll have another search later for more charities worldwide.
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    Found another good cause in the UK - Kicks Count (pregnancy charity - hoping to reduce stillbirth and neonatal deaths). They not only want stamps, but if you are able to get to one of their collection points in the UK, they'll accept plastics (bottles, packets, boxes) for recycling. https://www.kickscount.org.uk/blog/recycling
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    Any idea what these charities get for cancelled postage? I can think of only a few modern era stamps that might be worth something cancelled and mailed to a collector. Unused postage in low value issues (1c to 25c) is sold in bulk at or below par by all the major stamp brokers.

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    US postage has increased to such an extent that it has dissuaded me from paying the $8 to send the box of cancelled stamps to the charity that I had been sending routinely. It's only 60 miles away, but it might as well be 3,000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    Any idea what these charities get for cancelled postage? I can think of only a few modern era stamps that might be worth something cancelled and mailed to a collector. Unused postage in low value issues (1c to 25c) is sold in bulk at or below par by all the major stamp brokers.
    No idea but is more than just pennies. For the stamp collector, they can buy kiloware (unsorted except perhaps by country/Christmas/ordinary/commemorative stamps still on paper of the envelope) from dealers (they get from the charities).

    One stamp dealer is Nordfrim and they sell kiloware obtained from various charities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    US postage has increased to such an extent that it has dissuaded me from paying the $8 to send the box of cancelled stamps to the charity that I had been sending routinely. It's only 60 miles away, but it might as well be 3,000.
    How often did you send? Perhaps they could organise someone to collect from you, or you take to them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgaine View Post
    How often did you send? Perhaps they could organise someone to collect from you, or you take to them?
    I used to send when accumulated weight reached 13oz/0.37kg, but even that weight has gone up to $6 first class mail. Over that weight must go Priority at higher rates, though flat rate boxes can be stuffed. I still cut and save stamps, and I probably have twice that weight in a box near my desk. I had been sending to the American Philatelic Society for their education program. (Perhaps if I was a stamp collector, there'd be more love.)

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