Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sharing the Hobby

A donation of 23 common stamps isn't a big deal to most stamp collectors but apparently it is a major event in Enid, Oklahoma.

According an article by Joe Malan that appears on the website, an unidentifed Texas man donated his collection of 23 worldwide stamps to the United Way of Enid and NW Oklahoma.

The letter that accompanied the stamps read: “Please give the stamps to a boy or girl, so they can learn about collecting stamps. Each stamp is from a different country. They are interesting and educational. Each one tells a story about a people, history, science, art, geography, etc. Please tell me if you want more. (They’re free.)”

The United Way executive director, Sean Byrne, tried to locate the man but was unsuccessful and loaned the stamps to a home-school class so they could use them for a class.

“It’s an amazing donation on someone’s part,” Byrne is quoted as saying. “He’s given a child, maybe these stamps he’s collected his entire life to inspire them to become involved in this hobby.”

Shown above is one of the students looking at the stamps.

If you would like to donate some additional stamps to the United Way of Enid and NW Oklahoma, you can mail them to:

The United Way of Enid and NW Oklahoma
Attn: Sean Byrne, Executive Director
321 West Cherokee Avenue
Enid, OK 73701-5666

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM