Donate Used Stamps

to the RNIB


During my teaching stints overseas, I collected foreign bills, coins and stamps. I continued collecting them when I worked with the international military at the Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. I was particularly fond of the stamps.

I recall how a Korean Captain gave me an entire book of commemorative stamps from his country.

I loved seeing the Korean language and pictures stamped on them. When I look at them, I remember the Captain returned to San Antonio a few years later when he left the military. We met for dinner and I brought out the stamps, still in mint condition. He proposed marriage to me during that visit–although I turned him down. Such memories!

I’m so glad I kept my collection. Even if I won’t be able to see them later, I will pass them down to my family and tell them stories about the countries I lived in and traveled to. One day they will belong to my great nieces. The stamps will be part of my legacy.

But there’s also another use for stamps, both foreign and domestic. Today I saw that the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People), located in the UK, is collecting stamps both from the UK and from abroad.

The RNIB helps everyone affected by sight loss.Whether a person is losing his or her sight, is blind or partially sighted, the RNIB is there to help them cope with the physical and emotional challenges.

The stamps can be used or new. The more valuable stamps, it appears, are from overseas. The RNIB has a year-long campaign to collect stamps and raise money. Although I don’t think I would be able to part with my stamp albums, I will certainly begin saving my used stamps to send to the RNIB so they can help more people.

I love the idea of recycling and re-using. I used to send my used Christmas cards to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Read about it in this article.

What about you? Do you look for opportunities to share / recycle / enable others to benefit from your used goods? Do you have a favorite charity? What types of charities are you drawn to? 

You have just read “Donate Used Stamps to the RNIB” by Amy L. Bovaird. Copyright October 23, 2015.  Take a moment and leave a comment! Thanks.

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2 thoughts on “Donate Used Stamps to RNIB

  • October 25, 2015 at 12:01 am

    My family are very fond of The Kidney Foundation of Canada. A few years back, my father donated his car. It was his baby for many years, but once it was undrivable he gave it to them, as they collect them.

  • October 25, 2015 at 3:20 am

    Hi Kerry,
    That is GREAT! I’m sure they don’t receive many cars. That was very generous of him.
    There is an organization in New York City for vision loss where people can donate their cars to as well.
    Thanks for taking time to comment. 🙂

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