In my file for news about the area, popped up this item from the Bothell Reporter about the Bothell Sons of Norway who are collecting used stamps to benefit children in Norway. What they do is send the stamps to the TUBFRIM organization which resells the used stamps. Their website has this to say:
Postmaster Ditlef Frantzen in Nesbyen established TUBFRIM in 1928. The aim was to collect and sell used stamps and use the proceeds to aid the eradication of tuberculosis among Norwegian children. The first profit was made in 1929 and amounted to NOK 1.500,-. Profits varied in the following years from NOK 8.000,- in 1940 to NOK 25.000,- in 1947. TUBFRIM has made good progress since from then and profits in 1970 were NOK 150.000,- growing to NOK 620.000,- in 2007.
TUBFRIM is owned by the Norwegian Health Association (Nasjonalforeningen for folkehelsen). Today the profits are used to help handicapped children and youth in Norway, and to finance the efforts to eradicate tuberculosis.
This seems like a really great and easy way to help kids in Norway, and the world over. You might not know it, but Tuberculosis is still affects us here in the USA because people that are arriving here from other countries are unknowingly bringing it with them. TB is getting harder and harder to treat because it is adapting and becoming more and more antibiotic resistant.
Take a minute and set yourself up a folder for sticking all your used stamps in, and when you get a bunch take them over to the lodge at 23905 Bothell-Everett Highway, or send stamps to: Bothell Sons of Norway, PO Box 492, Bothell, WA 98041.