Don’t throw away your used envelops!!! Did you know that your used stamps, as well as, used phone cards, and used train cards could be traded in for something useful?
The youth cultivation program supported by Reiyukai, New Life Adventure, has a program called the “Chiri-Ai Movement” which takes used postage stamps and certain prepaid cards such as phone cards and train cards, to exchange for cash. The money that is collected from exchanging these items will be spent to purchase new wheelchairs which will be donated to welfare centers and hospitals in need.
Chiri-Ai Movement: Chiri-Ai is a coined word combining an old Japanese saying and the word that means “Love.” The original saying is “Chiri mo tsumoreba yama to naru” which means “Little things make a big difference.” The Chiri-Ai movement was established with the hope that every little bit of love can make a big difference to someone.
The program has already started in 2001, and with their determination, the NLA was able to donate 23 wheelchairs to various welfare institutions within Japan.
This summer Reiyukai America has already donated a bag full of old stamps to the NLA, and were very delighted and appreciatative. Apparently according to them, our foreign stamps yield a higher exchange than those that are collected in Japan.
So if you know anyone that has a closet full of old letters, before doing your holiday cleaning, be sure to keep some of your envelops for a good cause.
Wheelchairs are needed more than ever in Japan since the Earthquake and Tsunami. We appreciate all of your support, and every little bit helps!
Below are the instructions with how to submit and collect the used stamps. Only properly submitted stamps can be exhanged, so please read carefully.
How to Collect
Please make sure to cut around each stamp including a postmark, leaving a ½”to ¼” margin of paper.
Do not remove the stamps from the envelopes.
Stamps that are torn, dirty, or missing the outside jagged parts, will not be accepted.
How to Send
Reiyukai America will be collecting and sending all stamps to the NLA in Japan. Please bring directly or mail to the main office at this address:
20 N. Raymond Ave. Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91103