Post by Penny
On Thu, 24 Dec 2020 20:54:00 +0000, Serena Blanchflower
Post by Serena Blanchflower Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
I remember seeing collection bins for used stamps for charity; I think
the idea was they were bundled up, and sold as collection packs to
foreign stamp collectors (UK collectors used to be able to buy such
packs of foreign stamps, though I don't remember them being for charity).
Does anywhere still do it? I suspect not (certainly the supermarket I
was in yesterday didn't) - presumably due to a combination of the
decline in that hobby (except for investment purposes), and the
increasing costs of labour and postage.
Yes, the ME Association will take them happily :) You can see details
at <https://meassociation.org.uk/get-involved/fundraise/easy-ways/>, if
you scroll down towards the bottom of the page.
As I still have the envelope I addressed in a previous year for them (I
don't get much post with stamps on), I suppose I should check if the
Freepost address is still
before I send it.
I know some charities, though they have a FreePost address, still have
to pay for it (the envelopes say something like "freepost, but if you
put a stamp on it saves us ..."); I'd be worried, if they're of that
type, that what they get for selling the stamps - like you, I get very
little stamped mail, mainly Christmas cards (where the stamps are often
nice ones, too) - would be less than they'd have to pay to receive them.
It always amazed me, thinking back, that they (I forget who; was it Blue
Peter?) managed to fund guide dogs with posted-in tinfoil.
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf