How to donate stamps for cancer

Updated July 20, 2017

For many people, supporting charities which are concerned with cancer research is an important part of their financial allocations. This money is not only used for research, but also to help spread awareness about the severity of cancer and its effects. Many charities have thus started to collect both new and used stamps in order to help fund their efforts. Collecting and submitting these stamps is an easy process which anyone can undertake.

Trim the package to which used stamps are attached with the scissors, leaving very little of the envelope or package remaining apart from the stamps. You need not save used stamps which are attached to cardboard or very heavy paper materials (thicker than 1/3-inch).

Place all the used stamps into a large mailing envelope for storage, but do no mail it out until it is full. Charities only receive a small percentage of the stamps' original value, so they will often not bother to process very small donations of used stamps.

Address and mail the envelope full of used stamps to a local drop-off point.

Mail new stamps to other cancer programs in any quantity. Simply place the stamps inside the envelope, address and mail it to any cancer program which accepts new stamps. New, unused stamps are used by these programs to mail out flyers and other materials, so donations in any quantity can be put to use.


Don't forget to check your "junk mail" at your home and workplace for used stamps. Though many just throw certain envelopes and mailers away without a second look, the stamps used to mail these envelopes can also be used to support cancer research.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Large mailing envelope
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C. Paul Martin began writing in 2003 while studying at Christendom College, Va. He specializes in theological/ideological history and socio-historical topics such as the Reformation, the Crusades and the ideology of revolutions. Martin holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and theology, and is pursuing his Master of Arts in history at National University in California.