Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Stamp Gatherer

For the past 20 years Neal Matti, 82, has been gathering stamps from local businesses in the small Wyoming community of Gillette.

According to the Gillette News-Record, workers at dozens of offices gather up old envelopes each week and leave them behind them for the dedicated senior who believes in helping others.

Matti isn’t trying to fill up his own stamp album but rather gathers up the stamps for a Norwegian nonprofit, Tubfrim, which sells used stamps in bulk to other collectors. Money raised goes towards eradicating tuberculosis and helping handicapped children in Norway according to the article by Jeremy Goldmeier.

Matti is quoted as saying he sends out an 18-pound box of stamps three times each year. He estimates that there are between 4,000 and 5,000 stamps in each pound.

Shown above, Neal Matti collecting a large bag of envelopes from the Gillette City Hall.

To read the entire article and watch a video of Matti in action, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM