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Stamped with Love

A Florida ministry is using cancelled stamps collected by individuals and church groups all over the country to raise money for a good cause.

An artist's rendering of a ten-cent stamp with a butterfly pictured on it

It’s hard to find new ways to raise money for all the good things we want to do. But my wife and I heard of a really creative idea while visiting her aunt in Fort Myers, Florida. 

She belonged to the Alliance Stamp Ministry, a group that recycles canceled stamps. The proceeds go toward publishing Spanish-language Sunday school materials and distributing them to churches in Latin America. We liked helping so much that we joined the ministry when we moved to Fort Myers ourselves.

Church groups and individuals across the country help us by collecting used envelopes and trimming them so the stamps have a third of an inch of paper left around them. Our team of 15 sorts the stamps by design and sells them to dealers.

Even in the age of e-mail, people use stamps. All the better for us–we’re on track to raise $35,000 this year! That’s a lot of Sunday school materials–enough for students of nearly 40 denominations in almost 20 countries. Do you have the envelopes your Christmas cards came in? Send the stamps to us!

If you’d like to contribute canceled stamps or get more information, write to Alliance Stamp Ministry, 15000 Shell Point Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33908.

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